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Growling when it's time to go in the crate

Charley enjoys taking a nap on the bathroom floor, because the tile is cool. However, when it's time to go in his crate for night night or if I have to leave the house, he growls at my husband and I. A few times he has even snapped at house. How do I get him in the crate without the growling? I'm sure it's my fault because I'm waking him up from his nap and moving him to the crate. Any suggestions on what to do?
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We have always tried to make the crate a positive experience for Liberty. I have NEVER forced her to go in. I usually fill her kong with some peanut butter and throw it in the crate and she will go right in. Have you tried treats or a kong or something like that?

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Make the crate a positive thing.

Quite honestly, Banker was sleeping out of the crate by three months - my choice. I felt guilty that he was in it when I was a work (had a dog sitter come by twice while we were gone). He liked being with us at night. And he doesn't mind the crate at all now.
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Our puppy never growled but he sure didn't like going in his crate at the beginning. A friend of ours suggested feeding him in his crate with the door open. I must say it was like magic. Within a couple of days he loved his crate. He even goes in there at night around bedtime by himself. I also treat him randomly in the crate as well.

Remember if he cries when you do put him in there ignore it! It's hard to hear him cry for the first couple of nights but eventually he stops. If he cries during the night take him right outside to use the pee and take him right back in and put him in. No playing or funny business! Good luck!
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We have always tried to make the crate a positive experience for Liberty. I have NEVER forced her to go in. I usually fill her kong with some peanut butter and throw it in the crate and she will go right in. Have you tried treats or a kong or something like that?
I do the exact same thing. I have a special smaller Kong that I got him when he was 8 weeks old that I only use for crate time. After a couple times of putting peanut butter in it and putting it in his crate, when he see's me get the Kong and put PB in it, he runs to his crate and waits for it. I always put a few toys and a Nylabone in there for him.




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