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  • Daria Rylkova

    January 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Jon,

    sorry to hear you’re having a frustrating time! What have you done so far in terms of playing crate training games? Are you feeding him in the crate? Only giving access to the best chews in the crate? Putting him in the crate when he’s tired? Does it help if the crate is right beside you? Will he go into the crate if you throw food in? It helps to first get the pup going in and out without closing the crate. You can start by throwing food in/luring and then increase criteria by waiting for him to go in before you toss food in. One trick I really like is putting something really yummy like a kong stuffed with some meat or mix of kibble and meat in the crate 10-15min before he needs to go in and closing the door. Have him outside the crate and build up some frustration for wanting to go in and get at the treat. In general, it helps to frequently take him in and out at first. Does he have a similar response if you go out of the room and he isn’t crated? Feel free to include videos!