The Trick To Stop Your Puppy From Barging Out Of Their Crate

The Trick To Stop Your Puppy From Barging Out Of Their Crate

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– 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
back to McCann Dogs. (guitar and barking sound) Every single week in this
facility, we help more than 500 dog owners who are just like you to overcome their dog training challenges using the McCann method of dog training. So this is your first time on the channel make sure you hit that subscribe button. So that I can help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. 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
our crate training series click the card right there. If this is your first time on the channel make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every
single week to help you to have a well-behaved
four-legged family member. On that note I’m Ken,
see in the next video. Oh good boy, it works.

16 thoughts on “The Trick To Stop Your Puppy From Barging Out Of Their Crate

  • D Moniz Post author

    Great video 👍

  • Kelly Lorenz Post author

    Your crate training videos have really helped me- today my 3 month old Vizsla went into his crate on his own and fell asleep. I about fainted!

  • McCann Dog Training Post author

    We have had so many questions on the channel recently about crate training, that I thought this video would be helpful for those of you who are currently trying to help your dog to be comfortable in their crate. If you're looking for more videos from our Crate training series, here is a link to a helpful playlist:
    Thanks for watching! ~Ken

  • Charlotte Holden Post author

    I really want to know more about herding training. There's not a whole lot on youtube right now.

  • Taylor Post author

    This is great. I'm really happy you touched on the importance of what you're building value on, i.e. exiting the crate should not be as rewarding as being inside. It is a very fine line. That open line of communication makes me so happy when doing these exercises with my own BC. 5/5

  • David Murphy Post author

    excellent video thank do you start off getting dog/puppy in crate for 1st time? is it as simple as throwing a treat in crate and dog going in on his own as i dont think its wise manually putting dog in crate on his 1st time or at all

  • sydney0424 Post author

    I'm desperate for help on crate training my Labrador puppy. He is 13 weeks old, I've had him for 5 weeks. He whines in his crate at night but never has to go to the bathroom. I'll get him out to see if he needs to use the restroom and he just lays down outside. So I pick him up and take him back to his crate. I've done everything I can think of to build value in the crate and to quiet him when he is whining but I'm not seeing any progress. Any advice?

  • Claudia Crosier Post author

    Hi I have a different question. My dog has always been good in the car now I need to drive to town to train in distractions because we are living in a rural community. My dog is now intense and excited in the car how can I take my dog out to train but have my good relaxed dog back when we're in the car????

  • Maribel Post author

    I feel like I haven’t been as direct but I do notice that my puppy which is a toy poodle goes in his crate on his own now during the day and night to sleep unless we come home late then he will leave his crate , which is a start ?

  • Maribel Post author

    But the problem I am having is at night or early morning he starts whining and I cannot sleep which is not surprised but at night if I come home late or my husband my puppy gets awaken again when he had slept most of the evening in his crate with the door open

  • Blondie8724 Post author

    I have a question about crate training and someone that works night shift. My boyfriend is a day shift worker and I am a night shift worker. At night my puppy goes into in kennel very well and sleeps all night and holds his pee. But what should I do with him when I have to sleep during the day and my boyfriend is at work? I have to get some sleep especially if I have to work the next night ? I play with him and get some exercise that wears him out alittle. I also give him some chew bones. Should I get a small crate to put in my room ?

  • East Coast Resident Post author

    I love this channel! I stumbled upon it this morning, watched a few videos and subscribed. What kind of treats are you guys using? We have an 11 week old Black Lab and she's pretty picky about the treats that motivate her. She will literally do anything for a piece of marble cheese (1/2" to 3/8" cube) and it's the treat that we've seen the most progress with but I'm worried that ut will ultimately harm her digestive system.

  • Kimberley Elisabeth Post author

    How do I stop my puppy from whining. She has major separation anxiety from past owner and she is only 3 months old. She was left in a kennel for 12-14 hours a day and now that I have her, she cries the second I leave her side. Please help!

  • Cassey Post author

    Thank you for your videos. I was struggling at where to start my training journey and these have really helped me.

  • TMNT0809 Post author

    I also have a door dasher named Benji. He is also a border collie i will definitely use your technique for the crate dash. Benji is a year old now.

  • Laura Kresslein Post author

    How young is too young to train. I've trained many dogs succesfully and this one, a 9 week old border beagle (maybe), just doesn't seem to understand.

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