Quick Crate Training Trick: The Lock Out

quick crate training trickHere’s a quick crate training trick I used with my dog Layla: The Lock Out.

This uses the “make your idea their idea then let them do it” philosophy that works so very well and is sure to get you what you need from those stubborn pups! Take something your pup really likes—a favorite toy, chewy treat or even his meal – and lock it inside the crate – while your dog is on the outside looking in.

The 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 her do what she 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 she 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 her gain confidence.

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

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