How to Leave and Return to a crated Dog or Puppy

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This exercise is necessary with any dog new to crating or a dog you are working on specific behavioral issues with.

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19 Comments on “How to Leave and Return to a crated Dog or Puppy”

  1. Hi!!!!! I would love your advice on training my puppy who will be 8 weeks old when I get her. I’ve studied many dog training videos and have read a lot to get educated to be a good mama to her.
    There are 2 schools of thought apparently on dog training. Treat based obedience vs non treat obedience. I’m totally confused as which is the BEST method for me to implement. Non treat trainers state that treat rewarding is so bad and doesn’t really train the dog properly…makes the dog fat, costs a fortune in treat food, etc. They claim it’s a huge scam.
    Then I watch your videos and I love them, and think they make sense.
    Please enlighten me as to your thoughts on this touchy topic.
    Thank you!

    1. +Renee Lanier Sure, basically, you always want to start with kibble and if your dog isn’t good with training with kibble then try treats for a few days to build confidence. Try to mix the treats with there kibble (daily food) and try again. If they are stubbornly not willing to work for there food then I just have them skip a meal and they usually change there tune. When they reach an age where correcting is appropriate, then you filter food out and start to hold them accountable for the behavior. I also like my dogs to be comfortable with me tapping there behind if I need them to sit. For instance they are so focused on a squirrel they don’t listen to a verbal sit, so I can just tap their hindquarters and out of muscle memory they sit. I do that after several days of working with food though. Basically desensitize them to being touched and making it a positive. I’ve been taught how to teach puppies to do basics with no food and I am not a fan. It takes longer, and can be very stressful on the dog depending on there temperament. Using just treats forever also isn’t effective which is why dogs reach an age where you can hold them accountable and filter food out. Also, having your dog work for there DAILY meal has a very different affect on the dog mentally then just giving them rewards with treats. They are actually working for there food and that builds a strong bond and sense of purpose for the dog rather then the dog being spoiled rotten. This of course is the short version of advice, there are many other reasons/deeper psychology into why this works.
      With that being said…It’s also worth noting that I have met and trained young dogs without food in farm areas. I feel this is very do-able. I have not had success with that in city/town areas or with dogs that live in the house 24/7. When that happens the balance is gone and the dog is constantly challenged in city environments and can live in a heightened state of anxiety/excitement/etc. and then that seemingly becomes part of the dogs personality when it is not.

  2. Thank you a million times over for your advice and help, I truly appreciate your effort on my part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hello!
    I had a question in regards to leaving a puppy outdoors in my fenced yard while I’m away at work, usually 8 hrs mon-friday. it’s a pyrenees puppy and I also have a heated/insulated dog house so I’m not worried about it being cold but I’d like to give this dog good structure and manors seeing as it could reach over 100lbs. they are 3 months old were born and raised out doors so they likely don’t know how to hold their pee. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated I’d like to get her started off on the right foot. thx

    1. +Brian Costa Well, unfortunately you can’t give a puppy structure when you are gone for 8 hours. I don’t meet people who are successful when they are gone for such a long period without paying a walker or friend to come daily to give the dog a break unfortunately. This breed tends to not be nutty by nature, which is in your favor, but I’d say that is the only thing. A young pup like that could be digging, barking at every sound, chasing critters, just getting really worked up alone all day long. Usually when I work with people with a schedule where they are leaving a puppy or young dog alone that long, the biggest issue is hyper activity due to the extreme lack of stimulation. Can you imagine keeping a child under 4 in a room all day long alone? It that level of stress and boredom for most pups (but not all, I have met a few exceptions, and that breed could be one of them) Myself and my colleagues recommend no longer then 4-5 hours for 3-6 months old. As they get older you can leave for longer periods of time IF they have been accustomed to it and are doing good behavior-wise. You may be lucky and have one of those easy going pups that lays around all day doing nothing, even through adolescence, and if that is the case then you are good. You’ll have to feel this one out as you go and look for red flags of bad behaviors starting and let me know and i’ll help 🙂 Don’t leave raw hides out for him, but Kongs filled with the dogs daily kibble is a good choice. Make sure they are the traditional kongs…

    2. +Dogercise Dog Training​ thank you for the reply. Since I wrote that things have changed I ended up getting a shepard mix from a local rescue about 5 months old and also the weather has taken a bad turn so I will be proceeding with kennel training, leash training, and involving my dad as well he is retired and enjoys going for daily walks in the area. Tonight was the first night at home and I think it went ok…she hasn’t gone to the washroom which makes me think she’s a little stressed but she did spend most of the evening sleeping beside me on the couch so I’m hoping that means she’s slightly comfortable in my home and with me. I’m taking my time with her and not asking for too much at once. I spent time with her at the shelter after work for a week to try and build a little bond with her before bringing her home. I have my work cut out for me she has never been in a kennel, never on a leash, never climbed any stairs but I am up for the challenge. any advice or specific video you would like to recommend would be greatly appreciated. Thx for time and merry Christmas.

    3. Honestly you just start at the beginning and have a lifestyle of behavior you follow.  How to feed her properly from a bowl, wait at thresholds, crate (2 videos on crate, and a great ‘place’ video for calming in puppy section) and place command are your best friends right now.  Heeling next 🙂  Honestly, a dog you just got shouldn’t’ be snuggling on the couch all the time.  If it’s a dog that is the least bit insecure, or territorial, you are encouraging her to be needy which leads to nervousness.  I don’t know the temperament of the dog, but affection is the last thing you should be concerned about.  Just structure and guidance and then the bond will come.  Otherwise you will have a bond of only love, which is like a dysfunctional relationship.  You must have respect with a dog or they could develop many behavior issues…anxiety, barking, neediness, protectiveness, etc.  So start with the structure and working on place and learning to be a dog and lay on the floor. (see place with food and duration place videos in regular how to training section) You want your new dog to be confident and independent.  Neediness by too much freedom too soon can lead to some serious bratty issues.  I’m not saying you can’t have him on the couch (my dogs get couch privileges) but only after she has earned them.  By earning I mean a few weeks learning her basics, settling in, and getting to know her better.  Then she can get small bouts of privileges.  It makes the process so much easier then over nurturing and then having to back track when the behavioral issues pop up.  Especially with the young age…almost an pushy, willful adolescent.  Hopefully you’ll be lucky and her temperament will be one of the few you can spoil a bit without any bad behavior as a result…but that is rare, especially for such a young pup.  It’s so young, developing a relationship is not the focus, because that will happen naturally and through training and structure with food and pets through obedience training and shouldn’t be by giving lots of free time and free reign over the house and furniture.  That sends a very conflicting message to the new pup.  I’m glad you got a shelter pup!  That’s wonderful.  Remember, all shelter pups have a honeymoon period.  It can be a few days to a few months where they are adjusting.  It’s important not to give them too much freedom during that time.  Lots of guidance instead.  Having such a young pup is a great opportunity 🙂  Let me know if you need anything!

    1. shane foster Untrue, though I refuse to debate techniques! The crate is a cozy den for my dog and when he isn’t in the crate and I am home he often noses the crate door open and go lay in there for hours at a time. If it were cruel he wouldn’t want to be in there on his own. I think allowing your dog to be in an anxious mind frame and to tear up your house because they are so anxious is cruel! This is structure that a dog needs! It settles them down making anxiety go away. Plus, if they are not crate trained then how will the dog cope if god forbid they need to stay over night or for longer at a vet? The vet crates them! Its sad that people see crating as crueilty when the alternative is whats cruel!

    2. interesting…is someone on here saying that crating a dog for that long is okay? I don’t think so, that’s ridiculous and if you saw someone say that, it’s ridiculous, but that extreme is certainly not what most people are talking about when they talk about training.

  4. A lot of your comments are turned off in your other videos, but I just want to say, that you are awesome! I’ve been incorporating your videos into our crate training sessions and they have been a huge help. Thank you again!

  5. Hi Bethany, can i ask if you cover the crate of you are away for 3-5 hours? Also, do you always use treats to get them into the crate, and the leave them with something long lasting?

    I have followed all your videos but my dog still doesn’t go the crate himself, how long does it take before he chooses to go their own his own accord.

    Great work, I love your videos!

    1. tons of practice and repetition on leash so it becomes an obedience command, not just when you leave the dog in there. look at puppy playlist video calm in crate.

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