|10-12-2013 02:44 PM|
My puppy only goes in his crate at bedtime. I started getting him to go in by throwing a couple of treats inside ans when he went on telling him, "good boy, go in crate."
He is 4 months now and I tell him to go in his crate and he gets excited, runs in and turns around to a sit waiting for the treat . He gets it after he grows in now. So far, no issues with the crate. Other than the whining when we first started using it.
|10-12-2013 02:38 PM|
Yes, they are often too smart! I have had good luck mixing it up with my puppies. I call them to me for no other reason than to give them a scratch on the chest or a treat. And I try to never call them to me and then do something like crate then right off the bat when they get to me. I might call them to me, give them a treat or a scratch and then crate them. Anything to break up the connection between "recall" and "crate" or "recall" and "stop playing".
My old man Pug got to the point where he totally made the connection between me dressing in work clothes and being crated. The second he saw me laying out work clothes in the morning he would make himself very scarce. He figured out the difference between clothes I wore to work and the jeans/shorts/sweats/riding breeches I wear on weekends.
He taught me to look at other contextual clues, that is for sure!
|10-12-2013 02:34 PM|
|Cassidy's Mom||Weary or wary? Weary means tired, but it sounds like he's fearful, which would be wary.|
|10-12-2013 02:33 PM|
How often is he being crated? He's associating being crated with something he doesn't like, probably boredom.
I would try making going into the crate a really positive experience: toss a few treats in there after he obeys your crate command, and make sure there are safe and durable toys and bones inside. If he's going to be crated for awhile, make sure he gets plenty of exercise and is tired for the crate! If he gets crated for longer periods daily due to a job etc I'd consider daycare or a dog walker a few times a week to keep him active and mix up the schedule!!
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|10-12-2013 02:20 PM|
Dog wary (or stubborn) of certain things
My 1 yr old shepherd seems to know when he is going to be put in his crate. I will call him into the house and leave the sliding door open but he just peeks his head in and when i go near to coax him in he runs away. I dont know if he is too smart and can tell when he is going away or if he is just being a stubborn pup. Any similar experiences out there?!
they are great dogs but man do they tire me out!