This is the most asked question by our potential customers, with the correct training this is quite the opposite."
None of us like to see a caged animal at the zoo and base our feelings on this observation. With the correct training and excercise, all dogs will not only adapt to an indoor kennel but will consider it as their safe, secure home at home. From experience, we have found the following tips the best way to train a dog to use an indoor kennel.
Before erecting the kennel, remove the dog from the room, erect the kennel from the instructions provided, place into the kennel some used bedding which already has the scent of the dog, along with a few favourite treats. These should be placed at the back of the kennel, so the dog has to enter the kennel to reach them. Allow the dog into the room and behave as if the kennel has always been there. The dog will naturally investigate the kennel, finding the treats.
It is important that you do not stare at the dog or make a fuss of it going into the kennel as this will trigger apprehension. Replace the treats on several occasions over 2 or 3 hours, the dog will soon learn that this is a nice place to be and will adopt the kennel as its own secure home.
When you feel the dog is relaxed in the kennel, then close and lock the door for short periods of time, extending the time through the day; it is always best to start your training early in the day. In the unlikely event the dog does not settle, feed the dog in the kennel. Dogs, particularly pups, adapt quickly.
With the correct training, overnight is not a problem, during the day, we normally consider 4 to 5 hours is the maximum with a good excercise prior to containment. In all cases they MUST be left with access to water. It is also advisable to remove the collar while contained.
Whilst we have found from our own experience that most 8 week old pups are quite capable of controlling their bladders overnight, it is just easier for the pup not to. As soon as the pup considers the kennel its own nest it will not like to mess the kennel. Start your training by having bedding in one half of the kennel and paper in the other half. First thing in the morning carry the pup to the yard or garden; if you allow the pup to walk to the garden, it will most probably use your carpet.
These are a great asset for keeping your best friend contained in a play area while you continue with the essentials of life (ironing, vacuuming etc.) or you simply need a rest but we do not recommend the use of these when you are not in attendance.
These generally do not present a problem, as dogs cannot distinguish the kennel from part of the vehicle. With Hatchback vehicle kennels, where the dog has to jump over the vehicle tailgate sill and kennel door base, it is advisable to place a bright towel over the gap until the dog has got used to the opening. Escape doors, these we strongly recommend that you consider when ordering, give access to the dog in the event of you not having access to the vehicle tailgate. You simply drop the rear seats, remove the escape door and you can then remove the dog. Indoor kennels with "lid access": never leave an animal in a cage with lid access with the lid unlocked or open.
Training dogs is fun and begins with training the owner. The above are only a few tips, learn all you can before ownership. Don't wait until you have a problem, they are far more difficult to rectify. There are many excellent books and videos available and join your local dog club, they will only be too willing to advise. And remember, "a dog is for life" and will prolong yours, this has been proven.