Best Buddies Home Dog Training - Obedience and Behaviour Problems
Best Buddies Home Dog Training - Obedience and Behaviour Problems

Best Buddies Home Dog Training treat all dog behaviour problems including, jumping, nuisance barking, aggression, nervousness, phobias and fears, destruction, mouthing, chewing, separation anxiety, recall, pulling, lunging, door scratching, toilet training, car travel and sickness, food issues, hyperactivity, chasing, sibling rivalry, fighting,

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Best Buddies are your local Dog Obedience and Behaviourist Trainers. We come to you because we find the results are more effective than dog classes or residential dog training. Dog training in these regions: East Midlands, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, East England, Central England. North England, Bolton, Cheshire, Lancashire

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Why use a crate or indoor kennel?


Dogs are territorial animals and instinctively seek out a place of their own where they can feel secure and safe. In the wild, this would have been in a cave or under a bush. For a domesticated dog, a crate fulfils this basic canine need. It will become his ‘den’.


What are the benefits?

The crate can be positioned in the car, containing your dog safely. You are not distracted by him moving around and when the car door is opened, he cannot immediately jump out. It can be his familiar den when staying in unfamiliar surroundings. At times of noise and activity, e.g. children, parties or fireworks your dog will be happiest if he is allowed to retreat to the safety of his crate. Children should be taught to respect his privacy and to leave him alone while he is in there.  Dogs do not normally want to toilet in the place that they sleep in, so are ideal for toilet training puppies and older dogs safely. The crate should be covered leaving the entrance exposed, to make it as cosy as possible while still allowing your dog to remain comfortable.


What to consider


The welfare of your dog is important. Never position the crate in a draughty area, or near a source of direct heat e.g., radiator or sunlight. It should be in a quiet position away from doorways. It should never be used as a place of punishment, nor to restrain him if he is in a state of extreme distress. The crate should be big enough for him to stand up, sit, lie down and turn around. However, if  too large, your dog will not feel safe and secure. For puppies, if the area is too large, they will sleep in one corner and toilet in the other.  Use a divider in a larger crate to reduce the space available until your dog grows bigger.It is acceptable to sleep your dog in his crate overnight but not be confined to it during the day for very long periods of time.                                                       


Tips for introduction

Place your crate in a ‘people’ area of the home, where he doesn’t feel isolated and create a cosy bed by using your dog’s usual bedding or something with his scent like a towel. Ideally position the crate in a corner and leave the door open. Add a favourite toy or healthy treats such as dried liver/carrots /cheese in the crate, towards the back, to entice him over. Praise him when he goes near the door to sniff. If he goes into the crate, praise him lavishly with your voice but don’t close the door yet. Allow  him to repeat this several times, knowing he has the freedom to come and go in and out of the crate.


Once he is happy to go in and out, try closing the door once he steps in and praise him enthusiastically. Do not leave the room. Open the door after 30 seconds or so, leave him to readjust and try again, increasing the time inside the crate to a minute. Repeat this, increasing the duration inside the crate each time. Patience is vital – your dog should not feel he is being forced into the crate. Eventually he should decide that his crate is a good and safe place to be but the time taken to reach this stage will vary from dog to dog. You should then be able to close the door and, although confined, he will not feel unhappy or anxious. A young puppy is generally easier to train to crate than an adult dog.


Very occasionally, the temperament, character, age and experience of a dog will make him unsuitable for crate training.