Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
For the first few weeks I would make sure the pup was good and tired, usually a 15 minute play session followed by a long potty break, then it was upstairs and I threw a treat in the crate and he would run in to find it. A small drink of water, another treat and then I would gently rub the head or back, usually they would start to fall asleep within a minute or two and once they were sleepy I would say 'good night' and close the crate door. Usually I'd stay sitting by the crate for another minute or two and then I would get ready for bed myself.
It worked quickly, they associated the crate with good things and the 'good night' was the signal for them that it was time to be quiet and sleep.
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 7 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010
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