Kennel Train a Dog
A dog kennel is very useful; kennel training needn’t be too hard and is worth the effort in the long run. Dog kennel training produces a much better behaved and manageable dog. This guide will help you to kennel train your dog.
The first step is to actually buy a dog kennel that is the correct size for your dog. He needs to be able to sit, stand, turn around and lay down in the dog kennel comfortably. Puppies will grow so buy a kennel that is big enough for it when it is fully grown and portion it off with a piece of board. This will help toilet training as dogs do not like to go where they sleep.
A dog kennel should be a place of comfort and safety for a dog and the kennel training should reflect this. Make it appealing by putting items such as a dog bed, his favourite toy, blankets and items that smell like a member of the family into the dog kennel. Don’t use the kennel as a place of punishment and don’t yell at or scare the dog while he is in there. This will only prove counter productive to dog kennel training as the dog will become scared of it.
Early on in the kennel training process, establish a word that you will use as a command for the dog and say it when you lead the dog to the kennel so that he associates the two. To begin with just allow the dog to become used the kennel. Keep it in a part of the house where the family spends a lot of time.
Put a few treats in the dog kennel and allow the dog to go inside. Block the entrance with your body and heap praise on the dog. The next step is to close the door. At first, stay in sight of the dog kennel while the dog is in there and then move out of sight for brief periods.
Eventually the dog will become used to being in the dog kennel and won’t make a fuss. Don’t leave a dog in a kennel for more than three hours at a time as they will need the toilet. Leave the dog kennel door open when you are home to allow to dog to go inside as it pleases. This will only help to reinforce the idea that the kennel is the dog’s ‘safe place’.
Step-by-Step Dog Kennel Training
Tips & Advice
- When you are kennel training, don’t force the dog to go in there, it will only make going in the dog kennel a bad experience for the dog.
- Accident’s happen, especially with puppies. If your dog relieves itself in the dog kennel, don’t punish it but reward the dog when it does go outside.