Ending Dog Crate Hate
With a little work, you can overcome your dog's crate hate.
When your dog really hates being put in his or her crate, it causes a great deal of frustration for both you and your dog. Dog crate training is a great method to end a dogs bad behaviors, but when he or she doesn't like their crate, this can create problems. Be patient and realize that you will have to wait longer than you had hoped for your dog to develop a better attitude toward being in the crate. The following tips will help your dog overcome his or her obvious dislike of being in a dog crate.
Every dog looks forward to mealtime as eating leaves him feeling happy and satisfied. You can get him to associate those positive feelings he gets from food with his crate. At each and every meal, place his food in the part of the crate that is closest to the door. Once he becomes comfortable with this arrangement, you can keep moving his food dish toward the back of the crate. Eventually, he will not mind eating his meals in the crate, as he still gets the feeling of being happy and satisfied when finished.
Dog Crate Hate is no fun for the dog or you.
Dog treats are always a great motivator too, and not just for learning new tricks. Putting a treat in his crate just might get him to walk inside on his own. If not, do exactly the same as you do for meals. Place the treat in front, and over time start putting treats further and further back. Remember, whether you are putting your dog's treat or meal on the inside of the crate, do not close the door. You must first help him to feel at ease when inside. You do not want to traumatize him or agitate him at all during this time. This will only lead to more dog crate hate which we want to avoid.
One more idea is throwing his toy in the crate while you are playing with him. Using your dog's favorite toy for a reward is a great training tool. Encourage him to fetch. I tried this with a dog who was crazy about a particular watering can. It actually worked! This is a trick that will teach him to associate fun with the crate.
Using treats and dog toys are a good way to get your dog comfortable with his or her crate.
Once his crate fears have subsided, shut the door without locking it. For right now, your dog needs to know he can push the door open and be able to get out. Whenever he seems to not mind the door being shut, you can then start securing the door by latching it for a minute or two. Increase the time little by little.
When you bring your dog to his crate and put him inside, keep your feelings at bay. It is vital to this process that you remain calm. Make the dog believe that being inside his crate is just another part of his natural routine. Your dog will feed off your feelings. He can tell if you are apprehensive, and if you are, this will cause him to be fearful too. The appropriate time to show your emotions is after you let him out. Give him as much praise, love, and attention as you want. You both will be happier after completing a session, and your dog will someday look forward to going in his crate.
No more Crate Hate!.
Helping your dog learn to enjoy his time in the crate will be a long process; you will have to exercise some patience. Nothing but correlating positive experiences with the crate will turn his hate into love. Stay consistent and steadfast. Your dog will get past his crate hate.
If you are still having problems with your dog not wanting to get in his crate, or are having other obedience problems, you should take a look at Secrets to Dog Training. This is the best and easiest to use dog training guide I have seen. The author will teach you some amazing tips and techniques for training any dog.
Marie Antoinette's dog was a spaniel named Thisbe.