I can't say enough about the importance of a kennel. Make it squishy and comfortable and full of things your dog loves, but use it. Just like a child, your dog needs to sleep in their own bed to gain a sense of security, structure, and stability. When you go to bed or leave the house, put your pup in his kennel. If you haven't started this from puppy hood, it will be hard at first. The dog will howl and scratch and make a world of noise, but it is meant to train you to let him out. Dogs law: if it works I'll do it again, if it doesn't I wont. I know from a woman's side of things how hard this can be. You feel bad for them because they sound like they are dying, but they're not. They are completely safe and just want you to let them out. Consistency is crucial here. Your dog will remember that one time they got away with it. If you are consistent, within a couple weeks he will be pawing to get into his kennel when he's sleepy, scared, or just feels like he needs security. Also, if the dog is causing trouble, its a great time out spot, as long as the kennel is a refuge, especially from human emotion. Tips to help make it easier: if the dog is not the shredding type, put one of your sweaters or a piece of clothing you wear a lot in the kennel. The smell will comfort him. Provide a lot of blankets; dogs like to nest (unless the dog is a shredder or likes to eat blankets, in which case this might be somewhat dangerous). You can leave the radio or TV on for the dog, something calm but with human voices. Don't forget exercise. Make this dog so tired when you leave the house he has no choice but to sleep. Happy training everyone!
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The Journey Photography by Cris.
Ellis Gugel received a bachelors degree in Canine Studies from Bergin University of Canine Studies and applies a method that views the dog through a scientific light. It appeals to the higher cognitive functions that allow the dog to become more intelligent and intuitive than was previously thought possible.