Your dog is so big and strong that you simply can’t have him around the house when you’ve got little children. The house is crowded enough, plus you got him originally as a working dog, so he’s supposed to be tough enough to reside in kennels. The only problem is, he’s not a big fan of kennels. He’s used to his home comforts and likes having attention from everyone around him. It will be a tough adjustment period, but it’s necessary.
Training him to accept a kennel can give you some much-needed space. It will also give you somewhere secure you can leave him and know he’s safe. Also, if he’s particularly attention-seeking and you want to cut that out then a kennel can come in handy. Not to mention if you need to go away it’s ideal.
Training your dog to accept a kennel isn’t always straightforward. Dogs don’t like being left alone and especially in places they’ve never been before. It can be a daunting experience being locked up on your own. You’ll need to take a number of steps to make him feel comfortable while he’s in a kennel. Fortunately, you can also prepare by taking him for some brief kennel visits so he knows you’ll come back for him. If he’s a puppy he may be extra scared and you may need a couple of weeks before he accepts a kennel. If he’s older and is used to being left alone then you may see results in a just a week.
Succeed with this training and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your time away from him. This training will also be good for him if he suffers from separation anxiety. It will teach him how to be away from you.
Before you get to work you’ll need a few things. Firstly, you’ll need the kennel in question and you’ll need to be able to visit it easily. Secondly, you’ll need treats and some of your dog's favorite food to make him feel at ease.
On top of that, some of his favorite toys will make him feel at home when he’s there. You’ll also need to set aside some time to take him to the kennel, at least once a week.
Once you’ve got all of that you’re ready to start!