Making Crate Training Fun
Last night I had a friends dog stay with me overnight. Not one for letting unknown dogs run loose in the house, I decided to use the show crate that I have to keep him safe overnight.
What a great opportunity to do some crate training and crate games. The unfortunate side was that I didn’t capture the work on camera to show you!
Anyway, Tramp hadn’t been crated before, so seeing the show trolley for the first time was very overwhelming for him. So as he took each tentative step towards the show trolley he got a click and treat. When he walked off he got nothing. I spent a short time repeating this and then stopped for a break.
After the short break, I started the process again, but increased the approximations (I expected more from Tramp than previously) bit by bit and he got closer and closer until he jumped into the crate. JACKPOT!
Whilst in the crate I gave several click & treats, and then clicked and threw the food outside the crate. Tramp duly ran out of the crate, grabbed the food and then rushed back into the crate! BINGO…what a great result after a few short session. Over the next few hours, we did several short training sessions, where he was rewarded for being in the crate, including extending the length of time within.
Eventually at bedtime, Tramp was let outside for his last pee of the night, and on his return asked to go into the crate, where he had a chew toy. Tramp was quiet throughout the night and didn’t have any accidents, which was good, but I still play some Crate games with him occasionally.
What games do you play with your dogs to get them comfortable with staying in a crate?