My Dog Is
Afraid to Go Into His Crate, What Can I Do?
When you are introducing a crate, it
is important to make it fun for them. Start slowly. Sit in front
of the crate with the door open. Have the dog sit in front of it
with you and give it a treat. Slowly begin to put treats on the
floor in front of the open door. Then just inside the door. After
a short time you should be able to toss treats inside the crate
and the dog should willingly go in after them.
When the dog is comfortable going in and out, make him sit down
after he finds a treat. When he is in the sitting position reward
him with another treat. Next move on to lay-down and stay. When
the dog is comfortable with laying down in the crate, close the
door part of the way. Then half way and so on.
Once you can close the door without the dog reacting, increase the
amount of time the door is closed. Once the dog is comfortable
with the door closed, face the crate so he can see you when you
are anywhere in the room. It will help him relax and he will soon
see the crate as his "relaxing" and "safe
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