It's easy to do — using your dog's kennel as a form of “time out.” But the reality is that your dog's kennel is supposed to be her refuge, which is why it should never be used as a form of punishment.
Another thing you can work on? Not bribing your dog. You may be saying “What?! Me?” Well, if you've been luring your dog into position while training her, then you're technically bribing her. Read on about how you can stay away from crossing that line while training your pooch.
1) “GO TO YOUR ROOM!”
So, your dog is less than eager to spend time in their kennel… well, how many times have you used the kennel as a form of punishment? The kennel should be a comfortable place that your dog is eager to visit. The kennel is that magical place where your pup eats their dinner or gets a peanut butter-stuffed Kong. Never use the kennel as a form of punishment!
Does your dog only listen if you have a treat in your hand? Do you keep your hand in the treat pouch during a training session or move towards the cookie jar before you issue your dog a command? If you answered “yes,” you are one of many hoomans guilty of bribing your dog. Many people begin training a behavior by luring their dog into position. Using a lure is okay in the initial stages of training a command, however, there is a fine line between a lure and a bribe, so it’s important to phase out the lure as soon as possible.
Does your doggy love to chew or growl?! Then you're going to relate to next tip.
You may be one of those lenient pet owners that allow their dog to chew on a variety of things… but you may want to stop that after you check out THIS important tidbit of training information on the next page.