My Dog Will Not Go Into the Crate


Many if not most of the dogs that come to me for boarding and training at my dog training school exhibit resistance when asked to go into the crate. The majority of dogs that display aversion to being crated have either had no experience being crated or were not introduced to the crate properly.

If you are currently having difficulty getting your dog to go into the crate, you can turn it around with training and persistence.

You first need to be practicing the daily exercises mentioned in the previous articles. One of the exercises describes tossing a treat inside the crate, letting the dog go in the crate to eat the food and then releasing the dog out. If your dog currently has an aversion to the crate, you may notice that they will not even go into the crate voluntarily to receive the food treat you toss inside.

Most dogs that act in this manner have been tricked one too many times and believe that as soon as they go into the crate, the door will shut behind them and the owner will leave the house. It is your job to change up your dog’s perception.

To get started, you will need a leash and a really exciting treat for your dog. Think cheese, soft smelly dog treats, or deli meat.

With the leash attached to your dog, toss the high value treat inside the crate. Let your dog run into the crate to eat the food. If your dog will still not go into the crate, you either need to up the value of the treat or use physical guidance. Once the dog goes into the crate to eat the food, you can let them come out of the crate.

Now repeat this exercise ten times. Once finished with the game, end the training session with the dog not being confined inside the crate. Practice the game as often as possible. You will also want to implement the 10 training procedures that build a positve association to the crate.

Give it time and your dog will soon be going into the crate without you having to force them.

Now of course, your work schedule may insist that you leave your house which causes you to have to confine the dog at times when you cannot play the in and out food game. When you are unable to play this game, toss numerous high value treats inside the crate and force the dog inside. For most dogs, after a week of combining this exercise along with the other procedures in this guide, dogs begin to go in willingly without you having to leash them or touch them in anyway.

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Published on July 23, 2017

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