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CRATE GAMES - FOR SELF CONTROL AND MOTIVATION DVD
by Susan Garrett (See other books by author)


Publisher: Susan Garrett
Edition:
2007 DVD
Run Time: 85 mins.
ISBN: N/A
Item: DTA287
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Summary: Crate Games by Susan Garrett is designed for puppies as young as 9 weeks as well as older dogs. This DVD provides step-by-step instruction and is the cornerstone of her amazingly successful dog and puppy training program, which is now being implemented in dog training schools all over the world.

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Featuring puppies as young as 9 weeks and dogs much older, "Crate Games" gives step-by-step instruction.

Allows anyone to produce:
* Focus and motivation for work
* A dog that can relax in his crate even while you work another dog
* A phenomenal sit stay
* A speedy and dependable recall
* Distance skills for obedience or agility
* Self- rather then imposed-control
* A remarkable working relationship
* Confidence while being proofed during any tough distraction
* A dog that keenly offers responses when being shaped
* ...and much more!

See why the cornerstone of Susan Garrett’s amazingly successful dog training program is now being implemented in training schools all over the world!

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“Acclaimed Canadian dog trainer and accomplished agility competitor Susan Garrett has given us the best thing since the creation of crates and Kongs. Crate Games proves that crates need not be limited to their historical roles in housetraining and management. Rather, crates can fulfill their real potential as opportunities for reinforcement. Very affordably priced, this 85-minute DVD should be a stocking stuffer for every new puppy owner. The “self control and motivation” part of the DVD’s title captures the essence of Garrett’s message. By shaping a dog’s desire to go into the crate and not come out until verbally released, owners hone their training skills in applying clear criterion to a training exercise while the dog practices self control. Practiced according to the rules of Crate Games, owners produce a dog who is also quite motivated to get back into the crate. From an agility trainer’s perspective it is the combination of self control and motivation that makes this DVD a winner. Garrett believes that a team’s ability to master the various elements outlined in Crate Games is a strong predictor of that team’s ability to adhere to criterion for two-on-two-off contact obstacle performance. If that’s not motivation enough for an agility trainer, I don’t know what is! Garrett starts by listing 20 benefits to training Crate Games. About half apply to pet owners and the other half focus on performance dogs. The DVD is broken into four main stages of training: Stage 1, I Love My Crate: Covers the basics of reinforcing the dog for being in the crate Stage 2, Are You a Gambler?: Presents the dog with choices in order to reinforce correct choices and give feedback about incorrect ones. Stage 3, Yer Out – Yer In: Tests the dog’s love of the crate by releasing him from the crate and waiting to see if he will go back in. Stage 4, Scholarly Elements: Covers adding a cue, adding distance, how to use the crate to do motivational recalls, adding distractions, and how to apply the lessons learned to other situations (e.g., agility start lines). My only criticism with Crate Games was that the only footage dedicated to shaping a dog to go into the crate initially was buried way back in the Troubleshooting section under the chapter about overcoming fear. The only reference to it didn’t come until the very end of the DVD. Demonstrating the shaping process in an earlier section would avoid people pushing and prodding their dogs, and would help them learn about the art of shaping, the core training technique used in the DVD. The theme of Crate Games is training should create “value” for what you are teaching and good training provides the dog choices. The tone is upbeat throughout and it’s clear from the great variety and number of dogs used to demonstrate the concepts that the dogs are having a great time. Whether someone is an agility trainer looking for fun ways to create self control as well as build drive (yes, it can be done!) or a pet owner looking to train a dog to willingly go into their crate at bedtime, Crate Games delivers.” Terry Long


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Best place to start!, March 14, 2013
Reviewer: LeslyT
For the novice to experienced trainer, this is the best way to start training with any dog. This DVD will help you to harness your dog's drive, build drive, and get a dog with excellent impulse control - a must for a good family dog or a competion dog. Watch the DVD a few times - make some notes so you don't forget the levels, then set aside 45-60 minutes for your first training session and watch the magic start!
 
Brilliant, March 5, 2011
Reviewer: Trudie
This is the ultimate useful dvd. If I could recommend one dvd it would be this one. No matter what the age of the dog, or level of experience handler. Seeing the work visually on the dvd is far more effective than working from a book.
As Susan Garrett points out, ultimately a response chosen by the dog will always be stronger than a response continually provided by you! Make this build value for focus on you in all your recall work, your start line stay, and the fun you have as a team with your dog.
 
Learn Transferable Skills and SAFETY too!, July 10, 2010
Reviewer: Kirbyjakobs
I ordered Crate Games after hearing an agility instructor of mine rave about it. I have to admit I was skeptical as I have a couple dogs that truly HATE the crate. I watched it in sections, worked with each dog individually, then watched that section again to fine tune it. My dogs really got the hang of it quickly. My dogs enjoyed it soo much that I now have to work with one of them with another section of the dvd -- how to stop barking in a crate. He gets sooo very excited with the game aspect of the training that he sing barks to me when we train!

But despite the fun and easiness of this training, what I appreciate the most about this dvd is the element of safety -- whether at an agility trial, or just getting the dogs in and out of the car, they learn in this game to sit and wait quietly until you release them, giving you time to snap a leash etc. While this training initially starts in a crate, she shows you how to transfer any crate skills to other areas (doors, cars, etc.) I've tried doing this before with some success, but never have my dogs had so much fun doing an exercise -- and doing an exercise that can also save their life is of course even more worthwhile.

Did I mention they actually lined up on the other side of the baby gate, waiting for their turn to PLAY CRATE GAMES? I can't recommend this one enough.
 
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