I'm not really sure what crate games are other than the obvious implication. One good game I've played with my previous lab and now my new pup is 'sniff it out' I put the lab in one room and then hide treats in reachable locations in another room (obviously not in dangerous or places you do not want them near.) I then call pup into the room and have him sniff out his treats all over the room, with the odd helping point or motion of the hand. Nice little game for in doors.
I saw a demo and heard only good things about it but have not tried it myself. I may order it with my next wave of books though!
a user here did try it with her new puppy - luvmydogs2much (with her Nola) so you can ask her (she may miss this thread)
Rocky and Olive (foster)
if you want a dog who loves a crate, has decent sellf control and a good stay crate games (the formal SG program) helps with all those
it's not quite the "games" aspect people might think though
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
Some of the games we play inside are the find games. I vary them.Which hand is the treat.They have to sniff which hand and tap the one they think the treat is in.Put a treat into a treat toy and hide it.
I do things like teach them tricks as mental excersise. Bow, high five, roll over, get my slippers, or put my shoes away, pick up toys, or the ones I wish I had never encouraged...open the door. Seem like a good idea at the time.
In the crate I get them to touch the door to open it.
In and out by going in one door and out the other. Then sit, then lie down and stay. I am doing this with Tessa to get her to like the crate.
It took me ages to get Erns into a crate. Now he goes and closes the door. At the moment I have to lock it as he is too hard to get out and I want him moving with his hips.
I bought only because it was only $30- and got my money out of it. We're still working on it, its a process not something to be done once or twice, we do it every night
Love it so far, Nola is enjoying her crate more than the poltergeist puppy she turned into the first night she was crated!
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be human,
The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
Rhys, Ruby and Nola