– Do you feel like your dog comes bursting through the door when
you open their crate. I had a completely different
video planned for today but we've had so many
questions on the channel about crate training a dog this week that I thought maybe it was time to create like a crate training series
or a crate training playlist for those of you at
home who are struggling with crate training.
Now we know that using a crate
is a great management tool for your puppy or for
your young dog especially while they're in training. But one thing that people often overlook is what a great natural
training opportunity it is. It's something that occurs
several times a day letting your dog in and out. And it is the perfect
opportunity to build in some impulse control exercises. So that's what we're going to do today. I'm gonna show you some
impulse control exercises that you can do with
your dog in their crate so that they make better
choices both inside their crate and out.
I'm Ken Steepe and welcome
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Now I've popped in to the studio because classes were going
on and it was getting a little bit loud out
there, I didn't want you to miss any of this. But in the kennel today we have Mac. Now I've never done any
crate training with Mac. He is a notorious door dasher
and I don't really know what to expect from him
when we start this exercise. But for you at home if you
also have a door dasher who comes crashing out of their crate. I want you to start by
immediately building value for your dog being in their crate. It can be something this simple. What we're going to do is
get that crate unlocked and then we can reward them for it. I don't know if Mac's
gonna see this, he seems to be licking my finger.
Here Mac what's this buddy? But one thing I want you to
be aware of Mac will wait on a wait command. You know he's my competition
sheepdog but he doesn't have a lot of experience
with crate training. What I'm working on here, I don't want him to require any sort of queue
to maintain that position. What I want to do and this
is what's gonna be so helpful for those of you who have
a dog who's often unsettled in their crate, is to have
them choose to remain quiet have them choose to be
relaxed and feel like they're being rewarded
simply by remaining in there.
So I can see Mac is sniffing
around I think he found that first treat. Now I want you to take
control of the your crate door and then open it just
slightly and see what you get. Yes, you can yes your dog and then reward them. Maintain control of this door
if you have a door dasher the moment they get that treat they're probably coming out to see you. But so hang on to that door. The other thing whether
you're using a plastic crate or a wire crate make
sure that reward position is at the back of the crate. The last thing I wanna be
doing is we're rewarding him in this position. We know that he finds
value out here if you know, he's so excited and enthusiastic to come screaming out of the crate. We know it's valuable
out here, now we need to shift transfer some of
that value inside the crate.
So let's try this again, we'll
open just a little bit more. Yes good boy, so we're making
this tiny steps for him. The other thing I want
you to do is be careful that you're not rushing
opening the door too quickly. If Mac chose to start
to leave, if he started to come out on his own. Yes good boy I'll toss the treat in. I would just simply close
the door, I would stop where I am and close the door. And then sort of go back one
step, I would move you know, back to a 1/3 open, 1/4
open, whatever that spot was where you were successful.
Yes good boy, good job, but
he doesn't want another treat? That's it boy. Good he's doing a really great job here I'm quite surprised. Sometimes I'm really worried about him as soon as I take hold of
that door, he will race out. Let's see if we get to the halfway point. Yes good boy buddy. And this is one of the benefits of front-loading the value on this. You know, by starting by
rewarding in this position by rewarding him as soon
as I took hold of that door he started to understand that you know, maybe it's not so valuable
to race out of that crate.
When you start to see this
kind of impulse control, I don't even think he's paying attention he's still looking for that treat. Good boy, now remember don't
let go of that crate door this would be the time when
he could make a mistake. Yes, good boy and you toss that treat in. This is where you're going to see the impulse control kick in. He's starting to realize
that there's value for being thoughtful. If I've got a clip,
I'll try to find a clip of him coming racing out of his crate.
But we're starting to
have him use his mind a little bit about choosing whether or not he goes racing out of that crate. Good boy, yes good boy,
so you can even offer to sit what a good boy. Now I'm pretty confident
that he's gonna remain in position and I don't
wanna be dependent on my hand on this side of the crate door. Good boy, if he goes to head out, I'm just gonna close that door again. Yes, what a good boy, good job buddy. So let's see if we can get
to the wide open crate door. Yes you're a good boy, nice job buddy. I haven't done much
food rewarding with him he's my oops, he's my… Good boy, he's my
competition sheep herding dog and the only time I've used
food as a reward with him is some handling exercises
and working on his recall at home with his rather than
having a come here that'll do.
So when you start seeing
this kind of behavior. Yes good boy, I know that
Mac will work for food. Now if you have a dog who
isn't doesn't love food or is you know, so stimulated or stressed when you're working on crate exercises you can always use your voice. Good boy, what a good job buddy. But be careful that you're
not using that as a cue to remain in the crate. Now the one thing we do have
to make very clear to Mac is when he's allowed to come out. So one way to do that we
use a release word for all of our exercises and it
doesn't necessarily mean you can move it just means
you can stop whatever it is that I've asked you to do. Now after getting so
many rewards in his crate it's likely that Mac will
think, well if I just stay in here I'm going to get rewarded so we might need to coax
him out a little bit but be careful that you
don't reward your dog after you've released them.
Because, remember we're
really trying to show them that being in here is
where all of the value is. So that it sort of has that
overall calming effect. But our release word is okay. So even if so Mac has have
received so many rewards in there, he's not excited
about coming out of the crate. So I might just need to
lure him out a little. Okay bud, okay come on out. Come on, good boy and
then I can pat and praise and do whatever in the kennel. Good boy, look at that, good job buddy. And he just right to
the back of his kennel because he's received
so many rewards there but I love how quickly
this exercise you know, had this kind of impact on him cause he was a real door
dasher before we started. This can be a great exercise and it can really impact
your overall dog training.
You're gonna start to see your dog being a little bit more
thoughtful, less impulsive, less you know, roamy so to speak. But simple exercises like
this, especially when it comes to crate training are so valuable and you can do it multiple times every day without taking a huge chunk of time away from your other training exercises. To watch the next video in
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four-legged family member. On that note I'm Ken,
see in the next video. Oh good boy, it works..