Train Your Dog to Use a Dog House:-Max the Retriever cross likes to be with his family in their house, but sometimes they require him to stay out in the yard, like when the dog- allergic friends and family are over, or when no one is going to be home for several hours to let him out. Since they have a very secure yard and have given him a nice dog house to get out of the rain, wind, or cold weather, his family figures he should be well outside. But Max won’t Train Your Dog to use his doghouse.
When his family puts him outside, yet when it starts raining, Max just sits out in the rain, looking like a drowned rat, shunning his doghouse, what provides? Why can’t Max figure out that his dog house would keep him hot and dry? What does his family have to do to induce him to use his home? Some dogs automatically take to their dog house, treating it like a den and happily diving on in and making a comfortable nest in there. Others require a little more convincing to understand that a dog house is not doggy jail or a black hole about to gobble them up!
- Defining Tasks
- Getting Started
- The Reinforce with Food Method
- The Capture & Reward Method
- The Hide & Seek Method
If you offer your dog a use dog house when they are a young dog or puppy it may be easier to convince him this is a fine place to shelter. Dogs tend to like “dens” and young dogs particularly like to curl up in a den where they feel secure. An older dog that has not been exposed to a dog house before may be extra reluctant to enter the dog house and find it confusing or view it as a trap or punishment. If this is the case you will require taking steps to counteract your dog’s negative view of the dog house and replace it with positive associations. Ultimately, you will want your dog to be comfortable going in and out of his house and sheltering there, particularly during inclement weather. You will want your dog to feel comfy in his house and consider it his den.
Before training your dog to use his dog house, ensure it is the right size for your dog. Your dog should be able to simply walk in and turn around. Put a favorite blanket or dog bed in the dog house, or fill the dog house with straw to create a comfy resting place. Using food and a favorite toy to reinforce using the dog house is recommended.
You can also use clicker training, particularly if your dog is familiar with using a clicker, to reinforce the dog house and its use. Bring in the dog house to train your dog when the weather is good. Though this may sound counterintuitive, you do not want distractions or to sense rushed or stressed while teaching your dog to go in and out of his dog house. Never punish your dog for not using the dog house or try to power him into the dog house, since this will create a negative association.
The Reinforce with Food Method
⇒STEP 1 Put food around the house
Have a container full of delicious treats and approach the doghouse with your dog. Place treats around the doghouse. let train your dog take them and praise him for being near his dog house.
⇒ STEP 2 Put foods at the entrance
Place some treats at the entrance to the dog house, let your dog have them. Place a treat inside the door to the doghouse allow your dog to reach in to get it
⇒ STEP 3 Toss food inside
Throw a treat in the dog house for your dog to find. When your dog goes to retrieve it, praise him, talk excited, and provide him lots of praise and attention.
⇒ STEP 4 Allow exit
Let the dog exit. Do not force him to stay in the doghouse as this can be frightening and look like a punishment.
⇒ STEP 5 Reinforce ‘stay’
Once your dog is going in and out of your dog house happily, ask him to lie down when he is in the dog house after retrieving a treat. When he complies, give another treat as your dog is lying in the dog house. Stay with your dog as he is in the dog house and talk to him, regularly give treats to reinforce the doghouse as a good place.
The Capture & Reward Method
⇒ STEP 1 Reinforce approach
Take a seat outside your dog’s house with your dog and a clicker and treats. When train your dog approaches the dog house, click and then treat.
⇒ STEP 2 Increase approach
Need your dog to actually touch and sniff the dog house before providing a click and treat. Begin clicking and treating only when your dog approaches the entrance to the dog house.
⇒ STEP 3 Reinforce enter
Click and then treat for your dog putting his head in the dog house. Support your dog into the dog house. When he goes in a click and treat. Support him further in.
⇒ STEP 4 Reinforce ‘lie down’
Once train your dog is going into the doghouse ask him to relax. Click and treat.
⇒ STEP 5 Reinforce ‘stay’
Gradually decrease the click and treat but encourage your dog into the house and keep him company, praising and showing love. Your dog will start using the dog house on his own now that he is comfy with it.
The Hide & Seek Method
⇒ STEP 1 Play
Play with your dog and his favorite toy close to the dog house.
⇒ STEP 2 Play near the entrance
Drop your dog’s favorite toy in the access of the dog house for him to retrieve.
⇒ STEP 3 Fetch from dog house
Throw the toy into the doghouse for your dog to recover.
⇒ STEP 4 Play hide and seek
Hide from your dog following a tree or building, call him and get him to find you when he does play with the toy with him give affection and attention.
⇒ STEP 5 Hide in the dog house
Hide in your dog’s doghouse; call your dog to come to get you. Reward with toy and affection. If the dog house is too small enlist the help of a kid that can fit easily.
⇒ STEP 6s
Provide company once your dog is comfy going in and out of his dog house to find his toy (or you), support him into his house, and ask him to lie down. Sit outside the door and talk to your dog, keep him company, and provide him attention until he is comfy staying in the house by himself.