We're trying to crate train Marley and I've looked at the link that said about feeding them in the crate then giving them lots of positive reinforcement with treats.
We've started feeding him in it and he's happy enough with that but soon as you close the door, he wants out and gets quite worked up. He can't even be distracted with treats and soothing tones etc.
Does anyone have any other hints and tips we can use to get him trained?
Don't close the door all the way in the start. Just start closing it bit by bit.
That's what I did with Gizmo. I played with him, gave treats etc all around/in the crate. When he slept I closed the crate door just a little, after a week or so when he was comfortable with that I started closing it even more…and so on. It took some time, but eventually I managed to have the crate door closed.
Also, where is the crate located? Gizmo was very happy being in a closed crate as long as he was in my bedroom so he could see me.
I have the same problem. I haven't crate trained mine when she was little (I am so sorry about that). She is now 2,5 years old. She loves her crate and she is sleeping in it but with doors opened. Today I tried to closed the door and I was in the same room all the time. First minute she was just exploring the crate and where she can go out, and than…..she start to cry loudly....I have never heard her cry like that before...and she was shaking...It was horrible......I went to the crate and calm her down throe closed doors. When she was a little bit calm I gave her a treat and than let her out. Is that ok or should I let her cry (but I think if I do that she will start to hate the crate). If it's ok, should I repeat this till she get use to it? I am not training her to sleep in it with closed doors. I would like to train her to get in when I am at work so I can take her with me.... Any suggestion?
Just let her cry. The fact that you are going over to her to comfort is strengthening her to cry. She now in under the impression that crying is the only way to get out. Only when she stops should to give her attention. Even if it's just a quick stop to take a breath.
If you keep going to he when she cries she will never stop. You want to to understand that being quiet and laying down is the right thing.
When she stops, give her a quick treat and say Good Girl. Then turn back to your business. Rinse and repeat a few times, then let her out. You don't want to push her too hard. Just do short sessions and start increasing the time she is in the crate slowly.
Personally I would also try to get her to sleep in the crate. You want her to see the crate as "her room", a comforting place where she can relax.