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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Craziness kennel to the door...
What I would do is do Obedience drills with Nikon the minute he comes out of the Kennel, have him heel to the door. Put him on leash if you have to. Heel to the door, then back, back in the kennel. Get him in and out of the kennel like this, and use a happy voice with food rewards so that getting back in is not a punishment, but just part of OB training. If he starts running around crazy, I'd just platz him, give him a few minutes, get back into OB mode. Going crazy is for when he is outside, and got the release from you. As he gets better with this, you will need to do less and less formal OB, and he should (hopefully!), start to offer the new behaviour instead.
I know it is a long day for them in their crates - I often have to leave Falkor in the house crated for up to 10 hours during the day.
But even then, my expectations are the same - come out quiet (he is a quiet dog coming out of the kennel, so that is not a problem), nice quiet greeting, I put the leash on him, and must sit about three feet away from the door. He may whine and pace, but the door does not get openend until he is sitting quietly - and must stay sitting until released. Takes a long time to instill that kind of self-control in these young teens, but they will get it!
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