anyways i can teach him to actually want to tolerate being in there??
In a word, YES. You are teaching him to "cry and yelp like crazy" but letting him out when he does that. If you only let them out when they are quiet, they learn to be quiet. I NEVER let a pup out of the crate when they are throwing a fit. I only let them out when they are quiet, even if they have only been quiet for 5 seconds.Originally Posted By: lcht2 he cries and yelps like crazy. is it the fact that i let him out because i cant stand to hear him go nuts that is makeing him not like this crate idea??
its not that he dreads being in the crate. he will nap in there sometimes and stash his toys in thereOriginally Posted By: BetsyTry playing around the crate.....dont try to put him in, if he looks at it mark it and give him a treat. throw some treats in there, but just let him go in and get them and come back out, Ava was not wild about it at first, but I spent a lot of time making sure we played by the crate.
When he looks at the kennel, say the word you want to associate with the kennel, and again mark and give a treat.......repeat this process but do not rush him. If he gets closer have a play party, if he goes in.......JACKPOT, but dont close the door yet during these sessions, a clicker sometimes really helps in this kind of training, it makes it easier to mark the desired behavior.
When playing never force him in the kennel, keep it fun, toss a favorite toy in there for him to retrieve, and again, let him come out.
I think your problem right now is he has no good associations with the kennel, you make him go in there and then you leave....no fun at all. If you can make it a game to go in the crate, pretty soon it will be fun.
I have a foster right now that has never been a house dog, he is very big and not housetrained! so, crate training! He didnt really like it, but I found the tastiest treats that he gets ONLY when going in the crate, he never gets that particular treat any other time. I keep my voice upbeat and we play a chase game (all 100+ lbs of him) through the house that ends at the crate, he goes in, gets a treat, and the game starts over again. Yeah! good dog!! lets play again..... repeat...
Ava actually races for her kennel when I tell her it time to get in it. I say bedtime and it is a dead run for the crate and she literaly throws herself inside her crate wiggling and happy waiting for me to close the door, she gets treats only every couple weeks at this point, but it has become her haven.
It takes time, but remember to keep your frustration out of it, this is what also gets conveyed to the pup. For the crying I put a wind up alarm clock wrapped in a towel for company. And the kennel is in my room for Ava and our foster's is in my daughters room.
he absolutely goes nuts for pup-peroni!! i forgot i had a bag of that..im workin on the chicken chips right now..he seems to like those too..hey thanks againOriginally Posted By: BetsyOh, for treats, try something abosolutely awesome.....liverworst, hotdogs, chicken, STEAK!!! Find out what he will do anything for, there are always some things they love better than anything else.