Tips for Kennel Training

Are you fed up with your pooch and now find it time for crate or kennel training? How often have you come home to find a puddle or pile waiting for you to clean up?

Have you come home to find the garbage can knocked over and remenites of last nights dinner all over the kitchen floor and two little beady eyes with a wagging tail staring at you with uncertainty. It may be time for the crate you have been trying to avoid putting your pooch in.

Odds are if you are like me, you have a dog and have yet to train it or did not train it properly. Crate and kennel training takes time and can be heart renching when your pooch is crying for you. Be persisitant and your hard work will pay off.

Dogs naturally will not soil where they sleep, so using a crate or indoor kennel is a great tool used to house break your pet.

Crate or kennel training are also effective tools used to help your pet deal with seperation anxiety, destroying the house, chewing on shoes and furniture.

Introduction to the kennel

Many owners start the introduction to the crate when they are a puppy. If you have a older dog don't worry any dog can be successfully crate trained with time and persisitance.

To insure your pet associates the crate with comfort, security and enjoyment here are a few suggestions so the introduction goes smoothly.

Let your pet explore the crate on their own. Put some toys in the crate to give them something they are familiar with. Coach them into the crate with treats and toys. Once you feel they have explored the crate and may be comfortable with it, you can start leaving them in there for brief moments at a time while you are in the room.

If after sometime your dog still does not want to go into the crate on there own, try placing treats inside until they do.

If you decide to feed your pet in the crate, place their food and water bowl in the crate and this will distract them while you sneak out of the house. If not, place a toy in the crate that will keep there interest.

Gradually increase the time that they spend in the crate by coming home and releasing them while you are at work or out running errands. While adult dogs are able to hold there bladder, puppies eliminate usually 8-12 times or more daily so it is best to let them out every 20 minutes to avoid any accidents.

Remember to always Praise, Praise, Praise!

A important thing to remember is always remove your dog or puppies collar before confining them to the crate. Buckles can get stuck in the wire or mesh of the crate so if your pet must have a collar be sure to buy a break away collar. Never use the crate as a punishment, this will cause your pet to resent it and fear the crate.

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