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Old 07-26-2012, 08:55 AM
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Default Crate Games-Opposition reflex

I've been doing crate games with Tucker again and he was getting good at yer out yer in, turning around and going back in as soon as I let him out. So I tried adding the collar grab part where you pull back on their collar and let them go. The dog is supposed to want to go back in so bad he's struggling against his collar and once you release him he's supposed to dash back in. The dog is supposed to have an "opposition" reflex, so when you push or pull on some part of them they should push or pull against you. But when I do this Tucker throws some calming signals and then stands there looking at me for a minute before hesitantly going back into the crate, so I went back to just doing yer out yer in and he was slow the next time but got back to coming out and quickly going back in. He's just not THAT excited about going back into the crate to fight the collar, it's like he feels if I'm grabbing his collar I want him to stay put, and maybe that's just from leash training. I mean if there was a chipmunk in that crate I'm sure he'd fight the collar but I don't see him doing it for anything less than that lol.

Has anyone else had trouble with this part of the crate games training? Is it really necessary? Do you think he just doesn't value the crate enough yet?

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