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Quick Crate Training Trick: The Lock Out

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Crate Training Lock Out ImageHere’s a crate training trick I learned many years ago and use often: The Lock Out.

The Lock Out uses the “make your idea their idea then let them do it” philosophy that works so very well. Here’s how you play: Take something your dog really likes—a favorite toy, chewie, treat or his meal—and lock that in the crate while shutting your dog out.

Our goal? For your dog to sit outside the crate wanting in. Yearning to be in. Trying to figure out how to get in. After a minute or so, you simply open the door and let him do what he wants. Your dog then goes in with a happy “yea, I get to go into the crate” attitude.

If your dog is crate cautious, set the item right by the crate door so he can reach in and get it without entering the crate. As that becomes easy, start to move the temptation farther back. Doing this sort of slow progression can help him gain confidence.

Also, if your dog is crate cautious then be sure the crate isn’t going to slip or rattle when he enters it. Putting an old towel or nonskid rug under it can keep it from shifting.

I hope this simple crate training trick helps teach your dog to crate happily and quickly.

Now you know.

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