Crate Train a Dog – Power Tip #4: Bait Locker

Today’s Simpawtico power tip will take
you through the steps in our second crate training game, along with our new
little girl, Wednesday Ian here with Simpawtico Dog Training. Now
crate training is an important and useful piece of raising a puppy or
adopting a new adult dog. When we are introducing the crate, even to an
experienced dog in a new place, some work with habituating the crate is crucial.
This game will help build some interest in the crate and make the initial
movement in and out of the crate fun and dynamic. My helper today is going to be
our new English Bulldog, Wednesday. She was an impound dog from Rochester that
was transported to our shelter down here due to overcrowding. I’ll be honest it
only took about five minutes of mushing that face for me to decide she
was gonna be mine. Even though Wednesday isn’t a puppy I still had no idea what
her history with crates is and our house is a new place which means we have to
spend some time habituating her to her new surroundings, including her crate. The work you’ll see here is great for newly adopted dogs and puppies. First though
there are a few other items on the agenda. As always your first line
strategy is praise. Like we’ve said many times on this channel your voice is your
number one training tool. Second, timing is important here just as it is in all
training. You should be aligning your work according to your dog’s energy
levels. Practice passive things like stays and crate training when your dog
is at a lower energy level and when they’re revved up that’s a better time
for active things like Come, walking and activities that require movement and
energy. If you’re not working to manage those energy levels then at least plan
your crate training time for when they’re on the downside. We also
recommend using a consistent phrase as a prompt to go into the crate. Pairing a
word or phrase will help directionalize their attention towards where it needs
to be. You’ll also need a hollow toy for this
game. We love Kongs and PetSafe barnacles but there are others out there
that will work well too: squirrel dudes, Atomic Balls, Chewballs, Quizls, Buster
cubes, Goodie Ships and even hollow butcher bones work great. For this video
we’ll use one of our Kongs. As with our previous power tip training game, we’re
going to use a little positive frustration to build Drive and
motivation. Last time we used gentle restraint; this time we’re going to use a
barrier. So first let’s create the bait. Back in our first
power tip video we showed you how to make liver powder. Take a tablespoon of
that and mix it with about a cup and a half of kibble. Shake it up and now we’ve
got some supercharged kibble that’ll work great for this game. Show your dog
the toy and let them watch you putting a few goodies in it. Put the chew toy in
the crate and let your dog toddle in to harvest the goods from the toy. Praise
your dog enthusiastically as they work with it. This will help build some good
motivation for moving into the crate and for working at the toy. After a couple of
reps like this, if your dog is showing some good enthusiasm, put the toy in and
shut the door for a few seconds. When your dog is asking to go into the crate
to get their toy open the door, use your consistent phrase, and let them in. Now
we’re creating a real desire to move into the crate. Shut the door while they’re playing and
eating, then open it as soon as they’re done. It’s easy to build duration in this;
as you work you can leave them in there a little bit, feed through the holes, and
then let them back out. Later you can use the toy for a full meal and your
duration inside the crate will skyrocket. Now admittedly this game won’t work with dogs whom have low frustration tolerance. These dogs will give up at the gate or
won’t work at the toy. You may need to improve their motivation and drive first
if this is problematic. For starters, manage hunger drive by making sure
they’re sufficiently hungry, so do this during mealtimes or maybe withhold a
meal until you’re ready to work with this. You can also begin working by just
scattering the food inside the crate and letting them forage for it. This is
easier and more immediately gratifying. After a few reps you can do the work as
before by closing the gate and waiting for them to really want in. If you’d like
to see another fun variation on this game check out our previous power tip
video and be sure to take a look at our big crate training video coming out soon
if it’s not already. And we’ve talked about some more crate training methods in our Kong video give that one a watch too for some ideas to get you going.
We’ll have links to all of our related videos along with our crate
training playlist in the description. if you haven’t yet smash that subscribe
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useful, and as always keep learning, keep practicing, and we’ll see you again soon.
Thanks for watching!

43 thoughts on “Crate Train a Dog – Power Tip #4: Bait Locker

  1. I rescued a bully who is terrified of the crate. I rescued her at 10month of age, and she was pulled from the streets, so no history. Ive frustrated one trainer who came to my house to work with her. After 2 years, and numerous different crate types (btw, she destroyed a metal one), and after 18 months of agility training, she will now go into and relax in a soft side/mesh one…as long as she can see or hear me. Any other ideas? I've tried this one and others…I'm guessing the crate was an abusive tool in her very early months, and this sure prevents me from traveling with her…love your chanel!

  2. If you haven't covered it before… wouldn't mind seeing something about preventing dogs from constantly trying to eat crap off the street. I have a whippet pup that is totally obsessed with eating random junk off the street. He stops literally every 10 feet. I've tried 'leave it' for two months, and accomplished nothing. Held a handful of treats in front of his nose the other day, and he just kept on chewing a piece of bark he picked up. Very frustrating.

  3. Power of positive training! Great ideas. Good luck with Wednesday. My Abbey (as in Abbey Road) will benefit from these tips. She's a bit anxious and needs tactile support to move beyond her fears. Wish us luck!

  4. love your videos!!! I'd love to know your opinion on automatic interactive dog toys like gobone, toys that are iPhone app controlled and which ones you'd recommend
    Thanks Xx

  5. Ian, I have a request for a video! 🙂
    My 6 month old dog is slowly, but surely, mastering the skill of walking 😛 We have chosen a side, he sticks to it very nicely and takes correction quickly if needed. He follows my pace, no tugging or anything, even though he is a sleigh-dog mix, BUT! I need some good tips on how to teach him to ignore other dogs and children. He LOVES both, is very social and playful (as puppies can be) and immediately wants to run to them and play. Now, I can hold him no problem, and we have trained this with the techniques that I have, but he is not responding as much as I would like. So a video with a bit of your tricks would be nice, pretty please! 😀

  6. I have two golden retrievers one of them will chase just about anything( stick, ball, rock, me etc.) but my other golden retriever will only chase one specific ball so that's what use when playing fetch, but she won't drop. I've tried holding the ball still in here mouth while holding a treat under her nose, but she doesn't care. This has resulted in me prying it out of her mouth or just ending the game of fetch. Can someone please help me.

  7. Hi Ian, I have an 12 week old goldendoodle puppy named duncan and I would really love some advice. I got him at 6 weeks old (I know it’s very young now) and he had giardia. I am thankful he is healthy now but I do have a question for you. I have been working on sit, down, take it, leave it, and chew toy training him for about two weeks now but he is not buying in. I have a 14 year old smaller dog and a cat that he mercilessly jumps on top of and bites and I can’t seem to control him. He bites our shoes and our feet and he never stops unless he is in his play pen (the only place he seems to calm down). My family is worried he will grow up to become big and still attack us and the animals.. I would greatly appreciate your advice, thank you!

  8. Could you make a video on how to help a timid dog be comfortable around people? My greyhound is a rescue, she loves us and loves going for walks. However when on walks and meeting new people she becomes extremely timid, anxious and tugs and tries to run! Tje more people, the more scared she becomes! I'm worried she may get hurt if she gets away from me! In this state she won't take treats (from others or me), play and won't be comforted. All she wants to do is escape the situation. Can you help?

  9. Amazing channel!

    My husband and I will be welcoming an 8 wk. old puppy next month and I was wanting some advice for the first nights. We want to crate train her and I’m honestly unsure of where she should sleep that very first night if she hasn’t been introduced to a crate and will be in a new home. Where can I place her and how do I go about it?

    Thank you!

  10. I am adopting a four year old Beatle from my local shelter, I have spent about 2 hours with him and he seems to be well behaved, and is amazing on a leash, but I am interested in some tips on training. He does not seem to have any interest in toys, I tried a variety of tug toys balls and squeaky toys, he seemed scared of the squeaky toy and basically ignored the rest of the toys. Treats are not a preferred option as a reward because if you give him a treat he moves away to sit and eat it and returns when finished. Do you have any advice?

  11. Just adopted our 1st dog today, she comes home tomorrow after her spay surgery. I like the idea of kong feeding, making it fun to be in the crate… my question is: how do you use the kong and house breaking? I am worried that if we give her a full kong, she won't be able to "hold it in" till we return.

  12. I just literally finished binge watching your entire archive of videos and I am so thankful for all the information you've given. I will definitely be rewatching and reading your blog as well. It's a shame that I'm in Canada or I would come for training classes once we got our family's new pup. I'm excited for the crate training video and can't wait for any future videos you have planned. Really great job! I appreciate all the effort you put into your videos!

  13. Your videos are a great help to me, thank you! I'd really love if you could do one about puppy bites. It's an issue we have at the moment and I've tried yelping and turning away, also distraction with actual chew toys, it works sometimes but not when she's too excited or anxious. If she is turned off biting hands she will instead bite clothes and/or hair. This is unfortunately getting worse by the day! It seems the more I yelp the more she does it, and she's started to growl when I yelp. Thank you for your work love from the UK!

  14. Love your videos.  With the magic of video, dogs appear to get the point after only a few reps.  Realistically, just wondering, how long does it take for these training exercises to work?

  15. I just wanted to thank you and make sure you know just how appreciative I am of this channel!
    I recently, and unexpectedly, can into ownership of a puppy (he was bought out of an abusive home and had no where to go, so I stepped up to take him in). Even though he's already been with me for a few weeks at this point, I just discovered this channel and have been referencing it and practicing every technique. I feel like the progress we've made in the last few days is incomparable to the amount of training I've been trying to do on my own.

    Thank you so much for this channel!<3

  16. Hi, we adopted a puppy 1 month ago. We were having some difficulties so to youtube we went. We stumbled across your kong video and we were hooked! We had already bought so many toys. leashes, halter that ended up being donated to friends after watching your videos. We love them, we learned so much about dog toys and proper use of them, not to give up if ash is not interested right away. We now before going shopping for anything dog related see if you have a video with suggestions/styles of what we are looking for, if not we youtube others but yours has been the most informative. We did not even know they had front latching halters to help with walking. We have paid for a dog training in the past with a different dog and they never explained the toys, reward system, yes they said to reward but not the trifecta reward. I wish we lived closer, would love to take your dog training classes, but until then thank you for posting such great informative videos. These have helped so much, just wish we had binge watched these before bringing home our puppy (ash). Then rewatched as we needed to through out our training of ash. Thank you again, you have shown and explained reasoning why to do things which helps many dog owners. Please keep this up and I do not know if you are thinking of training other dog trainers, would love to have a simpawtico dog trainers in some different areas to spread the great insight you teach.

  17. Oh my gosh she's SO CUTE! I really appreciate these videos, even with my 6-month-old pup being crate trained–– there's always more to learn, and more ways to connect. I was curious, is there a possibility of a video about travel, specifically about getting a dog used to/comfortable in vacation spaces? While we haven't run into any problems during travel, I'd love to be able to maximize the experience for our dog.

  18. I have been binge watching the crap out of ur videos. Have had so much frustrations with my two doggos and these really gave me some good ideas on how i want to move forward with them. I have picked a different starting point for my two furbabies and i am sooo excited to see the results in them and in myself. I'll update u on how it goes. But thank u so much for posting these. I have paid lots of money to get help and all they wanted to teach me was tricks.

  19. Using super charged kibble in the kong is great. I recently tried to "kick it up a notch " by adding some raw blended veggies & ck.liver…. I thought the consistency of the puree would freeze perfect, but ended up being too dense. It was so moist, it became a frozen block inside the Kong and after getting into it, my pup gave up since the rest hadn't yet thawed. Ooops. back to drawing board.

  20. crate training is helpful. Controlling accidents from happening in the home. But when should I start giving more freedom from the crate and more freedom throughout my home? Do not have a doggie door, so depending upon indications that she wants to go out.

  21. A question, my puppy won't stay in the crate with his Kong, he grabs it and runs out the door, I have tied it inside the crate for him but he would rather ignore the food than go in the crate. I throw food into his crate when he isn't watching before a walk, so when he is tired after a walk he runs in and looks for the food, gets it and runs out. I used to hide treats in the bed or blankets with the hope he would spend some time sniffing around for the treats. He just grabs the blanket and hauls it out the crate to find the treat, so I have stopped that. I can't help but think there is something else happening here, but I don't know where to start. Thoughts?

  22. Hey Ian, I have a question!
    My puppy just arrived yesterday's night. I let him in the crate to sleep and take him out to bathroom during the night.
    Since I didn't had the time to crate training before night time the puppy is a little reluctant to get in, we're trying lots of baits but he keeps evicting. Should I force him to sleep in the crate and keep potty training like first night, or is better to crate training him before and find an alternative to him sleep until he loves the crate?

  23. The lady I got my puppy from recommended a daily vitamin supplement. I have no idea what is in it, but it turned out to be my puppy's all time favorite treat. When I first got him, the puppy didn't really like his crate. I started using the vitamin to lure him into his crate at night. Now, as soon as I go to get my own nightly medications, the puppy runs to his crate because he knows his vitamin is coming 🙂

  24. We have an 8.5 week old american bull dog lab mix and are crate training her. She didn't seem to like when I did the frozen food in the bong w/peanut butter on top. I coaxed her in then gave her the kong but she just barked and barked to be let out. the crate is in our room though. We do have a pen out in the living room area. Would that be better? When you say chew toy fed or hand fed, how would you hand feed to crate train? Throw it in? Thanks

  25. Awesome videos!! Thanks for taking the time to share this great information to us dog owners! You are really helping to improve dogs' and humans' lives together.

  26. I love your videos and your bulldogs! Do you still have your first Bullie? Wednesday is gorgeous! Do you recommend pet health insurance for bullies? I would love a few videos specific to English bulldogs!

  27. Hi! very helpful as usual! just wondering though, why are pig ears not mentioned? we are teaching our 8-week old dalmatian to learn to love his toys, not at the same time, but by using them interchangeably as time allows. We have a round plastic chew toy he is least interested in, a rope with two knots at each end which is popular, a kong (which thanks to you now I know how to use properly, so thanks!) and a plastic bottle. He plays most with the bottle and gets entertained, but quickly frustrated with the kong… the pig ear is a whole other story! he can go at it for an hour by himself. is it too early for that at 8 weeks old?

  28. No matter how many times I come across this tip in your videos or the "Before You Get a Puppy" eBook, it still feels like pulling a prank on the dog (in a good way). Our last dog happily slept in his crate just by giving him a treat when he went in. However, we had house training issues for 12 years so I'm looking forward to creating a chewtoyaholic with out new puppy.

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