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SUCCESS! 5 Day Plan…
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 23, 2022
Success! My husband and I are sleeping without two dogs in our bed for the first time in 9 years. We purchased two 22” crates for our 2 year old Yorkie & our 9 year old Maltese, and started with a plan.
Day 1- assemble the crate, find a quiet yet central location, shut the door and leave their favorite dog treat inside the empty crate. Let the dog sniff and explore the crate. Do not let the dog go inside today.
PS. For two dogs, we placed the crates next to each other.
Day 2 - open the door and encourage the dog to get the treat “In your place”, and then let the dog leave quickly. Praise your dog. Shut the door and add another treat to the empty crate. Quick training day.
Day 3 - repeat Day 2 twice today, and leave the door shut with a treat inside the empty crate for the rest of the day. No staying in the crate for more than a few seconds. Praise your dog. Another quick training day.
Day 4 - open the door and encourage the dog “in your place”, then get the dog to lie “down”, give another treat when they obey, and shut the door with the dog inside. Sit close by for one hour (good time to read emails or text friends about your dog training success). Give a few treats if the dog stays quiet. Let dog out, quickly shut the door, and add a treat to the empty crate. Praise the dog.
Day 5 - at bedtime, encourage the dog into the crate “In your place”, then to lie “down”, & give treats. Lock the door, cover the crate with a towel or blanket leaving the front not covered. Say goodnight, turn off the lights, walk away quickly, and enjoy your first dog-free sleep.
The first night, our Yorkie barked after 8.5 hours and she definitely had to go outside. I took her out and returned her to the crate for another hour. Now both dogs can easily last 9-10 hours.
We don’t use the crates during the day, unless we have a worker in the house. And we always leave the crates locked during the day with a small treat inside.
NOTE: We do provide lots of exercise after dinner and ample visits outside before bedtime. This helps with longer sleep for all of us! 💕
Hope this helps you and your pup. Our pups enjoy their special places (especially with treats!). I’ve tried dozens of treats but the best for us have been Tricky Trainers since they are small and tasty.
Good luck, and remember your dog will feel safe and comforted in their crate.