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    Default We Have the Crate, Tips Needed.

    Troopa's crate was delivered at 7am this morning So I plan to start crate training tonight.

    Thanks DA for helping me with the size

    My 2.5 yo son automatically assumed it was for him:


    So what I'm after in this thread is some advice and tips on the best way to get Troopa used to his crate.

    TIA

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    I would leave it open, put lots of bedding in there to make it comfy. And intice him in with treats or if he is play droven play with his toyy for a bit then try a bit of fetch by throwing it into the crate and getting him to go in and get it. Everything about the crate should be happy and exciting. Say in, and intice him in, then out, and call him out. Do this over until he is happy to go in and out without problems. Then trt in, and close the door. You can feed him some treats while he is inside just to let him know that it is still ok. Then let him out again and praise.
    The hardest thing is going to come when you leave him in there and walk away, he will not like that. What you need to do is ignore him, do not even look at him, just wait until he is quiet and then let him out with heaps of praise. It is important to olny let him out when he is quiet because you are telling him that if he sits quietly he has more of a chance of getting out...

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    Crate training starts around here so young that they all grow up used to them.

    We have the really big play pen types that we take to the shows.

    I guess they love their crates because they associate with them bones, pigs ears, toys, comfy beds and a place of their own. The only time the door is closed is at night or a show.

    Any crying is ignored. Build up to longer spells in the crate, sometimes placing a blanket over the top can make it feel den like and comfy.

    I'm not sure what the purpose of your crate is, travel, sleeping in at night only, when you go out etc etc.

    But I would say whatever Trooper loves best is now given to him in the crate. Let him out when he is good and ignore any crying or scratching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Also.....the dog's crates in this house is theirs and NO children are allowed in there
    Aw, bugger. I was just about to thank Megan for giving me an idea after seeing her son in the crate.

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    Thanks for all this advice so far. Troopa is very food driven so I should have no problems getting him in there with his meals, treats, bones etc.

    MAC, I should have mentioned in my OP, I plan to use it for night time

    He's mostly an outdoors dog so can I leave the crate outside and left open during the day while he's getting used to it or should he only associate it with being indoors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Also.....the dog's crates in this house is theirs and NO children are allowed in there
    Oh yeah, wouldn't be a regular happening. I just thought it was funny that he climbed in there as soon as I set it up

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Aw, bugger. I was just about to thank Megan for giving me an idea after seeing her son in the crate.
    When my 4yo daughter got up and saw it, I told her it was for timeout when she misbehaved. Her eyes almost popped out of her head

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    Was at the hound show on the weekend. There was a child in a Borzoi's crate and the Borzoi was on the mat next to the owner.

    Child was having a good sleep.

    My SS will often climb into the Whippets crate at a show and put blankets over the top of the crate to block the glare on his Nintendo.

    But yes for a dog learning to love their crate make it all theirs.

    Once you get to the door closing stage chicken necks are good because they can finish the chicken neck off fairly quickly then wait a further 10 minutes after he's finished the neck and if Trooper is good let him out. Build up from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan View Post
    Oh yeah, wouldn't be a regular happening. I just thought it was funny that he climbed in there as soon as I set it up



    When my 4yo daughter got up and saw it, I told her it was for timeout when she misbehaved. Her eyes almost popped out of her head
    Wicked Megan, I'll use the threat of it anyway and hope it helps. PMSL.

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    Just updating. I have moved the crate outside and left the door open (hope this wasn't a wrong move ). When I first took it out there I took out some treats and threw them in, one at a time. Troopa happily wandered in to retrieve the treat, ate it while he was in there and then wandered back out (I used the words 'in' and 'out' as he did this).
    With the last few treats I closed the door for about 15-20 seconds. He just stood and waited for me to open it.

    This is where he is at the present time:


    Seems to be liking it so far


    ETA the green rug is temporary until I make him a mat myself

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    Aw, well done Megan. He looks comfy and content in there.

    *DA drools and carries on*

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