How to Train Two Dogs to Calmly Walk Out of Their Kennel

By: Sam Kanouse

Published Date: February 6, 2018

In this Omaha dog training session we worked with Riley, a six-year-old Australian Shepherd and Pippa, a two-year-old Bulldog mix who needed help to stop bursting out of the kennel and calm down.

After I arrived I sat down to chat with Riley and Pippa’s guardians about their main dog behavior concerns. One of the top concerns that they had was when their dogs ran out of their kennels. While the dogs were already crate training usually means helping a dog learn to love to go into their crate and be calm, it also includes calmly walking out of their kennel. I used a version of the crate games to help these two dogs relax. To see how I did this you can watch the video below.

As you can see in the video it can take time to effectively kennel train your dog to calmly walk out of it. However, I want to point out to the guardians that at each step their dogs were making progress. Patience is key!

Another great dog training tip is to reward the dogs based on whoever is being the best behaved at the time. This allows the dogs to compete for being the best behaved dog! Win- win! After we stopped filming the video above we used the same method to help the dogs walk out of the bedroom, however this time we allowed the calmer dog to walk out of the bedroom first. This helps them learn that being calmer quicker will be rewarded.

By the end of the session Riley and Pippa were learning how to calm down and regulate their impulsive behavior. I want to remind the guardians to keep Petting with a Purpose and using the Escalating Consequences to disagree with unwanted behavior. We wrapped up this dog behavior session with Riley and Pippa’s Roadmap to Success video, which you can watch below.

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