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Please help me with crate training!

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PinkFlamingo888 Fri 16-Nov-18 10:24:43

This is Macaroni. He is a 9 week old German Shepherd x. We’ve had him a week yesterday and he is very cute and very lovely. He wants to go everywhere he’s not allowed but will not put more than a paw into his crate!
We carry him in there and close the door and he will settle himself quite quickly now but it’s the getting him in there that’s the hardest part. He’s already a big boy and getting the whole of his body in at once is difficult!
I’ve tried hiding treats in there but he pokes just his head in, grabs the treat and escapes again. Does anyone have any tips on how to make him want to be in his crate please? The door is always open, when he’s not inside, and most of his toys are in there but he’d rather not play with the toys than to go in the crate to find them.
To make matters worse he broke his paw on Monday so has been ordered 3 weeks crate rest by the vet. We’re not too strict on this while we’re at home as we can supervise him in the kitchen but it does mean we can’t do too much energetic training as he needs to rest!
Thank you

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yetwig Fri 16-Nov-18 10:44:21

I started by feeding every meal in the crate 🙂 not closing the door, then slowly closing the door after a few days, throwing treats in the crate, have a Google for crate games for dogs 🙂 lots of good advice out their

PinkFlamingo888 Fri 16-Nov-18 11:02:12

Thanks yetwig. We watched loads of YouTube videos and read books etc before he came and felt so prepared but weren’t expecting the crate rest to be sprung on us so soon!
I’ll give him lunch in there today and see how he gets on. I’m assuming he’ll keep 2 paws out but at least it’s a start!

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MarleyMooChick Fri 16-Nov-18 12:14:25

I thought I was never going to be able to get my pup happy in her crate. It does take time and lots of patience. My pup is 6.5 months & sleeps in her crate at night and if I go out and no-one is at home. When I go out I leave the radio on. I found she was feeding off my anxiety that she was never going to be happy in a crate. Once I calmed down so did she.
I used the Adaptil spray, and would put t-shirts I had slept in into the crate (or anything that smells of you), and cheese (she will do anything for cheese). I started off by putting her in the crate when she was very tired with the door open, so she would go to sleep, and just sat in front of the crate until asleep, even if she woke up 5 mins later. It's finding what will work for your puppy.

PinkFlamingo888 Fri 16-Nov-18 12:56:30

He’s just had his lunch in his crate, I’m so impressed with him as usually he would poke his head in but wouldn’t be completely in there! Thank you for the advise so far, I’m sure he will get there!

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