Have You Fallen for this Crate Training Myth? | Grisha Stewart

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My puppy was screaming bloody murder when left alone. In this video, I challenge the myth that puppies should be left in the crate to cry it out if they get scared in their crates. Empowerment can help with every facet of your puppy's life, including separation anxiety. Check out what happens when puppy Pinto Bean is allowed to say "I want out."

For his initial crate training, please see my other video:

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9 Comments on “Have You Fallen for this Crate Training Myth? | Grisha Stewart”

  1. at 0:36 – how long did you wait. did you leave his eyesight?
    0:57 how long was he screaming. did you wait to open it until he quietened down.
    1:21 how long where you gone again? same again for 1:56 ….
    How long would this ‘whole thing’ go on for a bout 15 minutes?

    when he finally wants out of his crate, do you leave the crate door open, so that whilst he follows you around the house he COULD in theory go back to his crate without being locked in?

    1. +Alan Williams Each time I left, I was out of sight. I was working on the gate outside the house. I did leave the door open so he could hear me working.

      I didn’t wait until he was quiet, I came back and in and let him out immediately. He had gotten quiet on his own though, right when I told him I was coming back. Each time I was gone for about 2-3 minutes, which is quite a long time.

      When he gets out, I shut it behind him so that 1. leaving the crate has consequences and 2. we don’t end up with two dogs in the crate at the same time.

    2. +Grisha Stewart Thanks Grisha, We’re having real troubles once we put the kong and treats inside his cage, he is curious at first but as soon as we shut the door he jumps up and screams. so i open the door and he doesn’t want out, then i close and say ‘ok you stay there’
      he looks back at the long then i edge away, as soon as i have left the room or eye sight he screams….

      he just doesnt seem interested in the treats

      (he is only 10 weeks, could this be a reason why he is not interested in treats)

    3. +Alan Williams
      As for my experiences, try to let the door half shutted at the first couple of times, may gonna work.
      As long as he doesn’t think he was in cage.
      And, yes, he might be not interested in the treats, try another one.

  2. Hi Grisha, just wanted to thank you for this video. I’ve been reading up a lot on Separation Anxiety/confinement training techniques and have been working through Malena DeMartini’s desensitization protocol with my dog Dolly.

    The common advice, even with my local CPDT dog trainer, is to at least “wait a bit” after the puppy/dog starts crying before going back to avoid creating an operant association. I have _not_ been taking that advice and it’s been going pretty well (up to about 45 minutes now), and one thing I’ve been doing is attending to her as soon as she starts showing the slightest sign of anxiety, which for her means standing up and orienting towards the baby gate. It feels really powerful to be able to reassure her before she gets too anxious, and I wouldn’t have known it was okay to do that if I hadn’t seen this video.

    Thanks again Grisha!

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