How to use a Kong toy to help dogs deal with crate and separation related anxiety!

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29 Comments on “How to use a Kong toy to help dogs deal with crate and separation related anxiety!”

  1. Hey Stonnie! I have a 3 month old puppy, is it okay to feed my puppy first and then give him the Kong before I head out to work? Also would he be to young for the liver freeze pop, or any age is a good age?

    Thanks for all your hard work in making the videos!! I know it’s not “work” because this is your passion and you love to do it, but I appreciate what you do! So thank you!

    1. You just have to figure out what feeding and exercise schedule works best for house training, but yes a Kong after a small meal is a good idea. If you ask the puppy, I’m sure he thinks he is plenty old enough for a liver Kongcicle!

    2. Stonnie Dennis well feeding schedule is very consistent, feeding before work 530am and also living with my dad, he let’s my puppy out to potty and run around, but crates him up if he has to leave the house. When I get home from work, 230pm I have my treat bag and my puppy and I go out for a walk and to play. Then after some play time he and I get down to business! Sit, wait, down, stand, paw(shake), crawl, spot, small challenges…ect I’ve learned a lot from your videos so I am taking what you have taught me and now I am teaching my puppy! Then at dinner I feed him at 630pm.
      He’s also house trained, 4 accidents total in house. Now when he has to go he goes to the back door and sits down. Which is the indicator he has to potty. I got my puppy when he was 8weeks old, so we’ve been doing good in my book as a newbee to dog training. His name is Caspen. He’s 3/4th Great Pyrenees and 1/4th Anatolian Shepherd.

  2. Stonnie – I just discovered your videos and am so happy to have done so. I love your style and relaxed/fun attitude. Great quality videos combined with solid dog philosophy. Thank you.

  3. Do you think a dog can be alene for more then 7 hours? Most of us have 8-16 jobs and won’t be home until 17. I realize this isn’t ideal but unless this is acceptable I’ll never be able to get a dog. 😩

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have a backyard. If you have a backyard, then you’re fine. If you live in a condo/ apt, then I wouldn’t do it

    2. Get a dependable dog sitter. I work 12 hors shifts and my dog is now 10 months old. Dog sitter comes in around noon, lets dog out, plays and potties for a bit in backyard, then back in the crate with a stuffed kong popsicle.  For my work hours, when dog was a pup, I had the dog sitter come in twice a day until dog was 4-5 months old, then once a day after that. Every time I let my dog in from play and potty time in the backyard, she races into her crate looking for her kong popsicle.

  4. Thanks for the tips. I’m a new subscriber and love your videos. I have an 2 month old Border Collie, and I am really excited to try it out. I am gone at school alot, so I cant wait to see if it works.

  5. Awesome tip Stonnie!
    After a while doing this, will I be able to walk away without giving the dog a kong and just give it to him sometimes?

  6. Isn’t it true that dogs usually have to poop 20 mins after they eat? Would the puppy be okay in the crate for a few hours after doing this?
    Thanks for the amazing videos Stonnie!!

    1. Nick K. Usually a good morning routine would look something like this: Big exercise session, followed by quiet inside time and breakfast, followed by short exercise session to promote complete elimination, followed by confinement if necessary due to work, School, activities, etc…the dogs aren’t really getting much in the way of calories out of the Kong so it generally doesn’t interfere with a puppy’s normal crate hygiene…

    2. Stonnie Dennis thanks for the reply and the great videos! My rat terrier puppy is coming home Jan 4 and I️ am binge watching your videos to get ready for my first dog!

    3. Holla! Nice video you have there! Since we are on the same topic; have you ever tried ” Vidadsmedia Child Anxiety Treatment ” (try googling it)? My boss had some transactions with them and was impressed by their awesome treatment when the Childs Separation Anxiety was completely healed !

  7. i just got a puppy and having a hard time sleeping at night do to the trying I have a small kong should I get him a bigger on and do this because he gets the treat in the can like its nothing I don’t have money for a trainer and we really need help

  8. Thanks for the options on the kong. We take veggie left overs with coconut, peanut butter and mush it inside. sometime I bake it with an egg and stuff the cookies in the freezer to have for later. Works well, dog loves it and so do I .I know then the dog got their veggies. We left commerical dog foods years ago after losing one dog and almost 2 others. We feed ourselves so we just reverse the amounts more meat less veggies for the dogs and more veggies less meat for us. Plus you can get a lot of stuff in bulk from butchers too. Keep sharing – love the videos.

  9. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’m trying to find ways to get my springer pup to enjoy being outside while I’m at work and while my other family members won’t be at home! The logic behind how this works is great! And I’ve now found the routine I need, but was wondering if you had any tips on how to get this to behaviour to occur around 12-1pm in the arvo as that’s when no ones at home?

  10. You are so good. You show how sensitive you are to the responses of your dogs. I am so impressed. I’m banking on your videos to show me how to pick a Mali, lower on the energy level, because I’d like protection, but I’m looking for one to train and be my friend. I  have a high attention span as I see that these dogs have. Thanks!

  11. My dog does not like Kong. He doesn’t even lick or try to chew it. I turned mine back to petsmart. got my money back. horrible product. I don’t recommend it at all.

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