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August 16th, 2012
By Eric Letendre
Yesterday I shared with you the story of how I got my wife to go out on a first date with me and how it related to crate training.
In case you missed it, I changed the situation around so she would ask me to go out with her.
I know, pretty slick and you can read the whole story on my blog.
Anyway, the secret to crate training (or asking someone out on a date) is to set the situation up so the dog wants to go into the crate.
Most crate training consists of the dog being shoved into the crate, setting up a negative association with the crate.
It is much better to take some time and build DESIRE.
Make it so your dog is fighting to get into the crate.
This is very simple.
Most trainers would tell you to throw a treat or a toy into the crate and wait for the dog to go into it.
There is one MAJOR step missing.
Instead, you would find your dog’s favorite toy or treat and get your dog real excited about it. I use my dog’s favorite toy and treat combined. I wave it very close to my dog’s nose, I toss it into the crate and then I…
…close the door to the crate.
My dog is now on the outside of the crate wanting to get into the crate but she can’t because I have closed the crate door.
At this point the dog will paw at the crate trying to get inside of it.
You have successfully built desire in your dog. Your dog would willingly and gladly go into the crate as soon as you opened the door which is exactly what you will do after a few seconds.
See how easy crate, and for that matter, dog training can be?
I include step-by-step video instructions on how to do this and a whole lot more on The Dog Training Inner Circle.
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