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Indoor kennel advice



Indoor Kennels are a great way when used correctly to provide a safe and secure place for your dog to be. Indoor kennels can be used for several reasons, whether this is to help housetrain your puppy, a secure place to be when you are not with your dog or a place to be when times are particularly stressful for your dog, i.e. firework night.




The indoor kennel needs to be high enough to sit up without your dog touching the top and long enough for your dog to turn around and be able to fully stretch.

If you are buying for your new puppy, judge on the size that your puppy will become, if in doubt it is better that the kennel is bigger rather than too small.




To be successful, an indoor kennel program uses positive reinforcement. It is highly important that the indoor kennel should not be used to house your dog for long periods of time, for a behavioural problem without consulting a Behaviourist or to punish your dog. The indoor kennel should be a comfortable and inviting place for your dog to be.

To accomplish this, the indoor kennel should have your dog’s bedding in it. The indoor kennel should be encouraged as a safe and good place to be, to maximize the association, cover the indoor kennel with a sheet; this will make it more ‘den’ like for your dog.

Luring is the fastest way to associate the indoor kennel with being good place to go. To encourage your dog into the indoor kennel, use small easy to eat treats and throw them in, when your dog goes into the indoor kennel to get the treat and explore the new area, praise them. DO NOT CLOSE THE DOOR, leave it open to let your dog come out as they want. Continue to use this process until your dog enters the indoor kennel on its own for the treat. Be sure to praise your dog gently while it is in the indoor kennel and associate a word or phrase for going in the indoor kennel. Phrases such as "bed" work nicely. Use the association word as you are putting the treat into the indoor kennel and your dog is following it in. Also feeding your dog in the indoor kennel initially will also help strengthen the positive association.



Repeat this over a few days until your dog is happily going in and out and choosing to rest in their kennel. When this stage has been reached, you can begin to close the door a few minutes at a time. Whilst in the kennel your dog should have comfortable bedding, water and a safe toy or chew.



If your dog remains relaxed and comfortable you can gradually increase the length of time your dog spends in there in each session. Remember during these early stages you should always stay in the room. The first time you leave your dog alone, make sure your dog has been well exercised beforehand. Leave your dog with something to occupy them, i.e. a hide chew or a safe toy i.e. a Kong for a few minutes whilst you are out of the room. From this point, gradually increase the time your dog can be left, up to a maximum of three to four hours.



The indoor kennel must be placed in an area in your home where your dog can see everything and not feel left out. Ensure the indoor kennel is placed away from direct heat/sun light. If you have placed a sheet over the kennel then this will also help prevent drafts.




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