Do you struggle with getting your puppy in his crate? We understand this stress, and we can help you.
Currently, we are working with Smokey, a husky that does not like his crate. I ran into this same problem with Teddy, a Labradoodle. Both owners were struggling to get their puppies in their crates so they began to force their puppies into their crates.
Of course, this made the pups more resistant to go into the crates. The owners felt more stress because they need their puppy to go into the crate to prevent chewing and house training problems.
For crate training jump on puppy school. Burton owners can benefit from learning about shaping. Keep your puppy’s crate door open.
When your puppy looks at the crate c/t. Make sure you place the treat inside the crate.
Eventually, your puppy will put his neck into the crate or one leg. C/T this. From there, your puppy will begin to put two feet into his crate. C/T this step.
Keep rewarding successive approximations of getting farther and farther into the crate. Once your puppy is readily going into the crate add a command such as “crate” right before he goes into the crate.
Before you know it, you will be rewarded with a puppy that goes into his crate. Puppy school in Burton paid off. You now have success.
Johanna Teresi, Burton Puppy Trainer, Four Legged Scholars LLC, Puppy School, Burton