Puppy Training 101 Part 2.

Create Training Exercises and Routines

  • Practice: If your dog is stress out or simply doesn’t like being told to go into their cage for rest time, practice short intervals of time with them throughout the day allowing them time to understand the new routine.  If they are barking and carrying on, wait until they quite down for a few minutes before releasing them otherwise they will learn that misbehavior gets you to respond.

Do not place them back into the cage right away after you have released them.  Allow the dog some time to relax, or go for a walk, play or practice one of your training exercises.  Before you know it, this will become the new routine and the dog will do great.  If your dog is still struggling with the process, consider practicing the “Create Game” exercise three times each day (See Training Videos).   I believe you can completely turn a negative behavior into a positive one with the right type of behavior modification.

  • Note: There are exceptions to the rule when training dogs to boundary areas.  Not every dog should be trained with a cage, so make sure you’re aware of all the alternative boundary set up areas you can use to safely and effectively protect and teach your dog as you go through the process.
  • Please do not use your training cage as a punishment if the dog does something wrong. We want the dog to understand that the crate is their safe place (Shelter) and it should always be used as a positive good place for them.