Do you wish you could train your dog to stay in one room when you are not home or even when you are? Imagine how much easier it might be if you could send your dog to his "room" at meal times, when you have guests, or when the doorbell rings. In essence, this is the 'go to place' command that is designed to send your dog to his one special place.
The most important thing to remember about this training is that your dog should already have mastered some basic commands. If your dog does not know the 'stay' command, you will need to teach him this first, as it is the lead into teaching him to stay in one room. At the same time, your pup does need to accept that you are the Alpha leader in the pack.
The command, in essence, is to train your dog to respect boundaries you have established. In this particular case, you are training him to go to a specific room in your home and to remain there until he is given the release command. While you wouldn't think this would be challenging, after all, it is just an extension of the stay command, but you are training him to stay in a room by himself whether you are or are not at home.
The one thing you must remember is that your dog has to learn to behave in this manner no matter where you happen to be. You could use a crate or a baby gate or even an indoor crate, but these can be somewhat inconvenient. You have to remember to put them up and take them down all the time, they get in the way, and they are just one big hassle. If you can train your pup to stay in one room, you will be miles ahead.
Before you get started, you need to decide what room you are going to designate as your pup's safe room. The intent is that when you give him the command 'room' or 'go to your room' your dog will not hesitate and will go straight to his designated room and stay there. When it comes to this type of command, there is no room for error, he must do exactly what he is told and remain there until you tell him otherwise. For this you will need:
One thing to keep in mind before you get started is that you need to make this training fun for both of you. Once your dog knows where his place is, you may find he spends a fair amount of time there on his own.
This is our first week with our japanese akita puppy kenzo. He is getting more comfortable with our home as each day passes. However i need to focus on the setup and his transition from room to room. During the day he is in the kitchen, we have setup a playpen etc and he's already found and area where he sleeps etc.. this is because the tiles are easy to clean and it's the room we spend the most time in as a family plus easy access to going outside for potty etc. However at night he has a crate in the living room to sleep in. At the moment he seems happy enough to sleep in it and enter it. The challenge is how to get him to go from one room to another - at the moment I pick him up, he doesn't like it but needs must i.e if he wakes for a potty break I will pick him out of his "den" and take him to the kitchen door to go outside and visa versa.
Today I tried to lead him and he got half way but then ran back to the kitchen then when he realised I was trying to grab him, he froze and did a wee - so basically he still so little and was scared and unsure which is what I took that as - please help. Apologies for the long message. I just want him to walk from the kitchen to the living room.... Simple right haha
Hello, try coaxing little Kenzo out of the den and toward the living room with a high value treat. Praise him when he comes to where you are sitting. Later on, coax him just a little further with another treat. The next day, a little farther, and so on. Each time, give him lots of praise. Don't worry if it takes several days to get him to roam further. He's very young, away from his mom and siblings - I am sure he is still very unsure. It will come! Encourage him with play and praise. He sounds as though he is doing well so far. Patience and love will do the trick! All the best to you and Kenzo!
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