My Dog is Afraid,
How do I get her to Go in the Crate?
crate has to be a POSITIVE experience! The below process can and
should take 1-2 weeks.
Begin by closing the door to the crate. Sit down on the floor about
10-20 ft from it. Using the dog's favorite toy, start playing with
the dog. While you are playing, take some small pieces of treat and
just toss them in the area of the kennel. NOT TO CLOSE, just near
it, so she gets used to being around it while she is having fun.
When the dog takes the treats make a big deal of it and give LOTS of
Over a period of a few days move closer to the crate until you are
sitting in front of the crate just inches from door.
If at any time she starts to become uncomfortable around the crate
you must immediately move away from it, but just far enough until
she is calm again.
The next step is to open the door slightly while you play.
Next: open the door all the way while playing.
Next: put treats just inside the door.
Next: toss treats inside the crate and have the dog go in to get
them and come right back out.
Next: have the dog go in and get a treat, put the dog in a
"sit" inside w/ the door open. Reward with another treat.
and so on until you can close the door without the dog
When you reach this
point, just begin slowly increasing the time the door is
The key to this is: DON'T get in a hurry! Do it at the dog's pace
... Sessions should last for just a few minutes, and do them several
time per day.
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