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    Thanks Hyacinth.

    Problem is, I seriously don't think he would go into his crate when he is reacting like he has towards strangers. He seriously goes off like a phsycho!

    I will google though, and see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    What about a combination of a couple of the posts here. You say ex show dog! Crates become safe havens for show dogs. What would he be like if someone phones from outside the home and you put him in his crate, they knock on the door and after he calms down they can give him a reward? I like Woolworth Herb & Garlic snag boiled up, very smelly. Yes I know everyones going to go on about the garlic thing but its only a small amount.

    Place the crate at a distance that he is aware but not overly reactive, much like your bus stop situation.

    He may be less stressed in his crate. If he stress levels are lowered he can take in the training. Then bring him out on a lead.

    All members of the household knock/ring bell of door as they come and go, yourself included when he's not in his crate (provided he's OK with this).

    Have a sign posted out front (laminate if necessary) saying "Dog training in progress pls phone ....."

    Enlist the help of someone for training sessions otherwise its not consistent enough for you to reward improvements.

    I had a wonderful training schedule all typed out then the internet disconnected. So I hope this snippet of info can be of help if other suggestions don't work.
    Great idea, as long as the dog doesn't feel that crate = sentence/punishment (I thouht somehow he feels, perhaps I was wrong.)

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    Don't know what he feels regarding the crate, Fedra.
    It seems to me he will go into it as soon as you tell him to (when he's calm etc), but by God he will come straight back out. At no stage does he go into voluntarily (of his own accord, I mean.)
    I guess after a couple of the comments the breeder made then yeah, I'm a bit concerned that maybe crate = punishment, but I don't know that for a fact, so could be totally wrong.

    So, should attempt it and see for myself what happens. Then I'll know.

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    sorry for taking so long to get back to this.

    I show dogs and my dogs likes their crates. I have never used them as punishment. Without seeing the dog I can't say if that would be the case or not. This is a decision only you can make.

    That's why I say put him in before he hears the front door and post a sign down the driveway or wherever would be applicable for your place so that visitor can ring and you can put him in gently with a treat.

    How is he if visitors approach his crate, ignoring him but standing near crate. When calm they give treats. It may have to start with you giving treats and visitors at a distance, dog aware but not overly reactive. Treat positive changes only these will be subtle. The steps are very gradual. Many visits with dog and visitor at a distance. Put a blanket around his crate giving it a den effect.

    The most high value treats are kept for this training, his favourite never to be given at any other time. Sorry, if I'm repeating what you already know. I'm used to dealing with people who have no idea.

    I'm also keen on the idea of this training starting with household members. Ringing door bell/knocking constantly.

    He is nervous and unsure of himself hence his shadowing of you, over time this hopefully will lesson. And he should get some confidence training - time outside when you are home, not being able to follow you into every room etc. Hope this makes sense, I'm used to dealing with people hands on.

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    I'm also saying the crate because the next obvious step would be on a lead. And this can be stressful for all concerned with a strong dog. It's hard for everyone to give off calm positive feelings.

    I'm also talking about closing him in the crate.

    Aware but not overly reactive - now this is the hard part picking that distance. Think about all the info you've read on how to handle a dog that reacts to other dogs while out walking. You always start with the dogs on opposite sides of the road.

    Visitors are to totally ignore him. If he's really reactive the distance is too close and you won't get thru to him. And for a dog like this is may be less stressful if you give him treats or pats. This dog craves your attention so this is his ultimate reward. You are looking for subtle changes in body language (for the better) and each time rewarding for improvements.

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    This is a long commitment to training to get this dogs confidence up. He's probably had numerous successes in scaring people off.

    Sorry I never answered why I like the crate. My puppies all go to their new owners having started crate training, particularly those with children.

    I tell both the child and the adults that this is the puppies "safe place". I tell them to use it for travel, for holidaying with their dogs, and most importantly for the safety of the dog, their children and visiting children. It is never used as punishment.

    I wish you every success. Give whatever method you try some time and if it doesn't work out try a process of elimination to try and find out what part of the training method didn't work. Don't immediately assume it's the whole method.

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