Ive gotten a few requests to write a post on kennel training so here it is!
Lets start off with “Why you should kennel train your dog” here are just a few reasons
1.) Ever left the house and come back to find something destroyed? Kennel training will prevent that
2.) If you have multiple dogs it really is best for them safety wise to be kenneled when you leave them alone
3.) Dogs need a place that is just theres, a safe place!
4.) If theres ever an emergency and you need to kennel your dog they will be less stressed out if they are already kennel trained
5.) Chances are at some point in time your dogs will need to be in a kennel, for travel, for the vets office, for boarding, moving, etc. Training them in advance that kennels are a GOOD THING will help with this
Now that you have a few reasons why lets start off with the hows shall we?
First you will need a kennel (or crate) thats the appropriate size, the puppy needs to be able to stand up and lay down but you dont want it to be too big otherwise if the dog isn’t well potty trained they’ll be able to use one corner of the kennel and lay in another
Every dog is different on how they like their kennel, Beka only likes one small blanket in there otherwise she’ll shred it, but Daine likes to have lots of blankets and toys in her kennel, and Teddy is somewhere in the middle. You’ll want to start off VERY slowly, if you saw Daine and how much she likes her kennel today you’d never believe she’s the same puppy who screamed her head off whenever she went in it.
To get her used to the kennel we started feeding her meals just inside the kennel door, so that she could leave her body outside but still eat, after a few days we moved he food farther inside until it was in a back corner so that she had to go all the way in to eat, the door still should be open at this point… At the same time a few times a day toss treats into the back of the kennel saying ‘Kennel’ or ‘Go to your kennel’ pretty much whatever you want (Ive heard of some people saying ‘Go to jail’ lol)
This will take some time, but its well worth it in the end, soon after your puppy is comfortable going in the kennel close the door but dont lock it behind them, praise the puppy and then open the door.
This is a good start, any questions? I’ll post part 2 before the end of the month 🙂