Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: Plott Hound
Posted Sep. 18, 2017
All dogs in our family are crate trained. Crates are a necessity in multi-dog households. It may seem mean at first, but it really isn't like locking your dog in a jail cell. Rather, it's like your dog having his own room where he can get away from his annoying brothers and sisters. It's where he can leave his smells and his hair for safe keeping, and they will still be there when he returns. I trained my Plott Hound using the cue "Go to your room." Whenever he would go into his room, he would get a cookie... or three, and lots of cuddles. It is critical to establish the crate is a positive place, and not used for punishment, when you're beginning. When I left for work, I'd leave him in his crate with all of his toys. When I would come home, we would spend the evening together, and then it's right back to his room for bedtime. I fed him dinner in his crate. Try to keep as many positive associations with the crate as possible. When we went on our first trip without him, we left him with the pet sitter with his crate. She said he stayed in there most of the time, even though the door was left open. It had already become his safe place; his own little home. Now that he is older, we leave his crate door open. He still chooses to sleep in there most nights. And on the rare occasion he does something ungentlemanly (*ehem*.. eats all the cat food when we aren't looking.. *ehem*) we will find him looking guilty as can be hiding in his crate, because that is his safe space, and all we have to do is close the door over.