Think of your dog’s bed or create as more than just a bed or crate. There are so many uses in your training. Do you want to learn the secrets? Are you ready to learn some cool and crazy boundary games?
One of the many reasons we teach our dogs crate or bed games is so that they learn what a boundary is. Boundaries are essential for everyday living. We want our dogs to have value for being placed on or in a boundary and to only move off that boundary when asked.
The easiest way to teach your dog what boundaries are is to train your dog whilst they are on a boundary or in a crate. Why? Well, because your dog is in something it is easier for you to see if they have stepped out of the boundary. This keeps the training very clear for your dog, it is black and white for them, rather than grey!
This training has so many uses in every day living, from sending your dog to their bed and them only moving off when you ask them, to staying in the car until you say they can come out (so important for safety). Teaching bed and crate games is fully transferable to all boundaries in your dog’s life.
Some practical uses for boundaries:
helps when having dinner – preparing food in the kitchen – having a dog who behaves appropriately when there are guests – having a dog that really understands what you want – having a dog that can keep four paws on the ground rather than jumping all over you
You will need a bed or crate for this workshop (ideally bring one of your own that your dog is familiar with). We do have a limited amount of beds or crates to borrow, if you would like to use one, please email [email protected] to check availability.
Please also bring:
lots of good food and a hungry dog – bring more food than you think you’ll need, human grade food (sausage, cheese, chicken, beef, ham etc) cut up in different sizes
lead and collar/harness
a notepad and pen
an open mind
To start off, please leave your dog in the car so that the instructor can setup groups and tasks for the workshop!