FAQ On Kennel Training Your Dog or Puppy

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FAQ On Kennel Training Your Dog or Puppy

by Lynn Reynolds

Q: What is kennel training?
A: Kennel training, also known as crate training, keeps the dog confined to a kennel when you are not present. This helps with housebreaking, with reducing separation anxiety, with preventing destructive behavior (such as chewing furniture), and with keeping a puppy safe (where he can?t chew on wires or other dangerous household items).

Q: Isn?t it mean to lock up your dog?
A: Not necessarily. Dogs naturally prefer a den-like environment, and an indoor kennel can provide this. It is important to never use the crate for punishment and you want your dog to regard the kennel as his room. When you no longer need the crate for training purposes, you can remove the door so the dog can enter and leave as he wishes.

Q: What do I need to put into the kennel?
A: Bedding, such as a towel or blanket, water, especially if your puppy is to be kenneled for more than two hours, and toys, such as Kongs or Nylabones.

Q: How long can the dog be in the kennel?
A: That depends on the age of your dog. No matter what the age, no puppy or dog should be crated for more than five hours. The only exception to this is overnight. During the day, the recommended times are AGE TIME
9-10 Weeks -- Approx. 30-60 minutes
11-14 Weeks -- Approx. 1-3 hours
15-16 Weeks -- Approx. 3-4 hours
17 + Weeks -- Approx. 4-5 hours

Q: Where should I keep the kennel?
A: A dog loves to be part of the family. Try to keep the kennel in a central location, such as your living room. Then the dog will use the kennel willingly while you are home without becoming lonely.

Q: How should I get my dog to use a kennel?
A: Never force your dog to enter the kennel. Instead, drop small pieces of food in the kennel or feed your dog in the kennel. When the dog enters the kennel, praise her. Allow her to get used to her kennel before confining her. When you do confine her, only leave her for a short amount of time at first so she can become accustomed to it.

Lynn loves all dogs, but especially well behaved ones. To learn more about training your dog and puppy, visit http://www.squidoo.com/positivedogtraining

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