Today I watched the trouble-shooting portion of Crate Games and took the cap off my Vari-Kennel. I played with Ike first. I wish I videotaped it; he is hysterical. He offered so many behaviors. We did finally get go in the crate bottom and sit. Such a good boy.
Then on to Bug. Holly thinks he might be using his cardi wiles and playing me as he ate his dinner in a Vari-Kennel when he lived with her. Either way, I am shaping this behavior and not rewarding anything else.
We started by looking at it. Sniffing it. Then one paw in. Then two paws. I took a break every 5 - 7 clicks and played tug with his rabbit/fleece tug. Then back to work. Then all four paws in and FINALLY, all four paws in and turning around. For a while he was scooting out backwards which, while it speaks to his hind end awareness also seems like a scaredy dog behavior to me. Since ultimately I want him sitting in the back of the crate, the turning in the crate bottom was highly desired. We did that three times and stopped for a rousing game of tug and called it a night.
4 weeks ago