(Closed) Crate training an older dog? help!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2821 posts
Sugar bee

Try leaving the door open with a few treats/ toys inside, it might take a few days for her to show interest, and when she does just let her explore.  Don’t shut the door until she ‘trusts’ the crate as a safe place and goes in there on her own.

Post # 4
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

In addition to troubles advise, make the crate a fun place to be.  Toss a couple high-value treats inside, (a piece of cheese, a slice of hotdog, a piece of chicken…something so yummy she’ll go into the dreaded crate to eat it) and tell her “Kennel Up” (or whatever you want to be the command for her to go in her crate.  If she goes in on her own, great!  If she doesn’t gently put her in the crate.  Shut the door and let her eat her treats, praise if she’s quiet, and let her stay in there for a minute or two then let her out and repeat.  You want her to realize she is not going to be in there forever.  IF she is barking and pitching a fit, don’t let her out until she’s quiet, or that will teach her that if she barks and pitches a fit, you’ll let her out.  NOT something you want her to learn!  So this might be something you want to do during the day, if you live in an apartment.  Gradually she will go in the crate when being told “Kennel Up” without the treats, though you should still give her a treat or two for going in, and because you want the crate to be an enjoyable place to be.  The treats won’t always have to be high-value, either.  

Make bedtime fun, too.  Our dog runs into the crate at bedtime before we even ask, because he always gets two bedtime treats in his crate, (BilJac Liver Treats or Goobers, or something small but yummy).  If she has to be in there for a long time, give her something quiet to play with that will keep her attention off the fact that she’s in the crate…maybe a Kong stuffed with peanut butter, (you can freeze it once it’s filled to make it last even longer).

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