09-16-2014, 11:58 PM
Join Date: Nov 2013
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
My one dog took until she was about 9 months old to like crates, but in all fairness I never was consistent with crate training her.
I just got a puppy who is now 14 weeks and is perfectly fine with her crate, got her at 12 weeks. I turned "feeding time" into "crate time". That meant putting the bowl of food right in her crate and getting all of her in there. At first I'd just close the door and monitor her and leave her in for a minute or two after she was done and release her. Kept doing this but extending the amount of time she spent in there following feeding. Even though I free feed both of the dogs now in the open, the puppy will ALWAYS run to the crate and sit inside of it when shes hungry.
At first they're never going to like it. Its not good to reward whining by letting them out. So if they're particularly riled up, let them work it out in the crate and don't pay any mind to them. I prefer to avoid putting them in a position where they feel genuinely uncomfortable or upset being in the crate, but its not always possible.
I also include toys in the crate as well, usually favourites that they can't turn down. Sometimes I'll do peanut butter in a kong or (raw) turkey legs, and they sure don't complain once they're in there.