Some Kennel Games Help an Anxious Akita Get Over her Fear of the Crate

By: David Codr

Published Date: September 25, 2020

For this Omaha dog training session we were called in to do some kennel training with Aurora, a 3 year-old Akita who is anxious and hates being in the crate.

Most dogs hate the crate because the only time their humans put the dog in the kennel is when they are about to leave. After enough repetitions, the dog associates the crate with their people leaving the home. Additionally some people are unaware that if a dog is left in a crate for longer than 4 hours, cortisol the stress hormone, starts to get released into its blood, making the fear and anxiety of the crate a physical manifestation as well as psychological.

To help a dog get over a fear of the crate, you need to help the dog practice being calm in the crate. This is done while the human is home and in a progressive way. It takes repetitios, but its easy practice. You can learn an easy way to help a dog stop fearing the crate by watching the free positive dog training video below.

Helping a dog get over a fear of the kennel this way is easy, it just takes practice. Anyone can do it, even if you are not a professional Akita dog trainer. The key is to very progressively lengthen the time the dog is in the kennel while its calm. This allows the dog to get over its fear of the kennel because the human is there, the door is open and the duration is very gradually extended. Ive found this is a very effective way to stop a dog from fearing the kennel.

In additon to the positive kennel training, we covered a number of other things in this in home Omaha dog training session. To help the humans remember them all, we filmed a roadmap to success video that you can watch below.

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