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Kayla founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who’s worked with hundreds of private clients, thousands of shelter dogs, and dozens of working detection dogs. Kayla’s dog and cat behavior advice has been featured in NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and Pet MD. She’s an avid adventurer who is currently doing #vanlife on the Pan-American Highway with her two border collies and a cat. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams. You can get 1:1 advice with a Journey Dog Training team member here.
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?
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/)