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Old 24.04.2019, 22:25
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Re: Getting a dog (in dog box) in and out of car

Another thought on ramp training:

First put the ramp flat on the floor, train Lily to walk across it flat. Take as much time as Lily wants/needs to get her used to the feel of the ramp on her feet, until she is happily walking across the ramp.

If you are using treat lures, be sure to give them straight on, rather than from the side, as from the side would cause her to turn her head, affecting her footing on the ramp. Better yet, place the treats along the ramp, spaced out about the distance of a foot step.

Use the ramp flat until she is comfortable crossing it that way.

Then put the ramp at a slight incline, ending on a very stable surface. Repeat as above when the ramp was flat, until Lily is comfortable with that slight incline.

Then put the ramp at a bit steeper incline, again ending on a very stable surface. Repeat until Lily is comfortable.

And so on, until you have reached the angle the ramp needs to be to get into the car.

At each step, you can do this with Lily on lead if that is easier for her.

Does Lily go happily into her crate? If so, the crate could be the 'goal' at the interim ramp incline stages. If getting her into the crate is a bit of a faff, leave that until she is going up the ramp into the car, then make going into the crate new, unrelated exercise.

Wishing you both happy travels... eventually.
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