The crate itself hasn’t arrived yet, but we started training. The aim is to build a very comfortable and relaxed state of mind for staying in the crate. Una will then have her home away from home wherever we go. For example, she will have a safe place for waiting her turn in our agility classes.
The plan is to shape the behavior step-by-step: looking at the blanket, going towards it, stepping on it with one paw, two paws, … Then the same thing with the blanket in the crate. Then building stay, increasing the time gradually. I’ll do all this at home, at first, to ensure conditioning a relaxed state of mind to the practice.
Here is a video of the progress we’ve made so far. This was maybe our third session. You’ll see what Una thinks about my diligent and thorough attempts at shaping 😉