In this clip, Tyler Muto, working out of his K9 Connection training facility in Buffalo New York, demonstrates an effective technique for teaching a dog to cooperatively enter a crate. It’s worth noting that Kiko, the dog in the video, had a history of resisting the crate, to the point that he would become physical toward his owner when attempting to encourage him in.
The following illustrates a step by step process trainers and owners can use to introduce or reintroduce the crate in a positive way; establishing a pattern of successful entries into a ‘less threatening’ crate ‘picture’. You’ll notice that tyler starts with just the bottom half-shell, looking for a cooperative entry. As the dog gets better, Tyler will piece the crate back together, continuing to encourage the dog’s choice to enter. The final step will be to add the door and ensure it can be closed and opened as the dog still willingly and comfortably enters and remains in the crate until released.
This reward-based approach takes the conflict out of the crate training process, and allow dogs and their people to approach this important life skill in a safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable way.
This information, and much more, is outlined in Tyler’s new course, ‘Obedience Foundations’, which embodies Tyler’s complete foundation training approach used by he and his trainers in Buffalo New York, and which is now offered online through Leerburg Online University. CLICK HERE to find out more about Obedience Foundations starting soon!