Crate training

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  • Crate training

     Ed (RoninDog) updated 4 days, 11 hours ago 6 Members · 6 Posts
  • wesley

    April 20, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    I have a 9 week old GSD that has been taught the crate is a safe, fun place to be. High value treats, lots of praise while inside crate. She is doing fantastic in it at night, but if I have to crate her to take my other dog out, or shower, or leave she absolute freaks out, will ignore high value treats and whine for quite some time. I also never open her crate when she is whining, only when she is calm and sitting. Any positive ways to get rid of this? I don’t want to resort to a bark collar or something negative while she is so young. Thanks in advance

  • Mailys

    July 17, 2021 at 1:59 AM

    Hi, I also have the same question. Our recently rescued 9 month old malinois is very comfortable in his crate as long as the door stays open. We have had him for 3 weeks and he is our perfect fit. Unfortunately, when we leave him in for any reason in his crate with the door closed, he cries until we get back (it has. been monitored through videos – it’s heartbreaking). How can we fix this? How can we teach him that we will always be coming back?

    Thank you in advance,

  • Mr. Shelly

    July 17, 2021 at 5:49 AM

    Hi Wesley,

    I am at the same point, with the same reactions from my GSD pup. Think of the pup as a 2 year old that is not getting his way (I know – its anthomorphic), but it makes it easier to remember it’s nothing you are doing wrong. I have noted that ALL good trainers – including Robert, emphasize PATIENCE, with the realization the pup will get it, but even with a smart dog like a GSD, it takes time. Keep doing what your doing is my suggestion, it sounds like you are really committed to making your pup the best dog possible. That is the key (In my opinion). Good Luck – hope to see a report on progress in few weeks.

  • HugosMama

    July 17, 2021 at 8:50 AM

    I would love some advice on this too. Hugo was doing very well with crate training until I accidentally shut the crate door on his tail 🙁 since then he won’t go into the crate at night (sleeps in a bed) & will only reluctantly go in in the day with HV treats. Every time I have to leave him in there he’s hysterical. Now I’m basically starting at the beginning but it’s not really working.

  • Bill

    July 28, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    If they are a little skittish about the crate, perhaps adding something scented to you inside the crate so that as the dog is in the crate, your scent is strong and present which may be just enough to make the crate a little more tolerable. You will need to “refresh” the scented item regularly/daily to keep the intensity high until it is no longer needed. Just a thought.

  • Ed (RoninDog)

    July 28, 2021 at 5:59 PM

    Somewhat unrelated. With a new pup coming soon we are reminiscing when our older dogs themselves were pups, and I just found out that my dog walker would throw handfuls of cookies in the crate when putting my dogs back in. Hmmm, that’s why… 😂

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