Teaching your dog to relax in his crate & some basic crate games

Training Tuesday – we are doing some crate relaxation and crate games with Barley!

Posted by Journey Dog Training on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kayla is from Ashland, Wisconsin but currently lives on the Panamerican Highway. She holds a degree in biology from Colorado College and has spent years working in zoos, animal shelters, and as a private dog trainer. She is currently putting her knowledge to use as a freelance writer while she builds Journey Dog Training. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She shares her life with her dog Barley and her boyfriend Andrew.

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  1. Great video Kayla! Question for you, a lot of dogs with kennel anxiety won’t stay in the crate when you walk away. How would you recommend redirecting them to the crate to proceed with training?

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      Great question, Kendall! In that case, we need to break things down a bit more. We’ll probably need to start with rewarding the dog for going in, then staying in while we stand there, then staying in while we rock back on our heels, and only after all of that is easy while we walk away. I’ve had clients modify Karen Overall’s relaxation protocol to use for crate training, it was super helpful for them! (Link: https://journeydogtraining.com/karen-overalls-relaxation-protocol/)

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