Positive Kennel Training Tips Help a Corgi Get Over its Fear of the Crate

By: David Codr

Published Date: July 12, 2019

For this Brentwood dog training session, we help Ollie a 1 year-old Corgi who is afraid of his kennel after a dog attacked him while he was in his kennel.

Helping a dog get over a fear of the kennel isn’t hard, it just takes a good reward, practice and patience. Many dogs who fear the crate do so because of a negative experience or because it was introduced in a negative way. In Ollie’s case, it was the former as his guardians did a great job of teaching the dog to like his kennel. Many people don’t even realize you need to teach a dog to like the crate, they just shove it inside.

This positive kennel training exercise is rewarding for me as a dog behavior expert as I know I’m helping the dog get over an unnecessary fear. If the guardians practice this positive crate training approach, I felt like shouldn’t take long before Ollie is going into the kennel on his own.

Turns out I was right. Ollie’s guardian texted me a photo of him inside taking a nap about an hour after our in home Brentwood dog training session ended. She said he went inside on his own and was so relaxed in the kennel, he was laying on his back. That’s as relaxed a body mechanic a dog can show. Best of all, you don’t have to be a professional Corgi dog trainer to accomplish these results.

We filmed a roadmap to success video at the end of the session to make it easy to remember to remember all the dog behavior tips I shared with her.

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