It is all fun and games
My inbox is filling up with people who want to know more about my upcoming Crate Training seminar.
So, let me tell you more! First and foremost, it's going to be fun. I will provide an interactive experience to give you an understanding of training from the dog’s perspective. It will be packed with practical behavior and training tips to help anyone crate train their pups. Most importantly, along the way you will gain background on how dogs learn to make you a better teacher.
You will learn concepts and build teaching skills through exercises and demonstrations. We will play the “Table Top Shaping Game” and if you can’t wait for the seminar, check it out here. It is designed to help you become a better trainer. We will be using a modified version, but this article by Lilli Chin will give you an idea what the game looks like.
As a professional who works with people and dogs for a living I often recommend crate training.
I talk to clients about the importance of teaching their dogs to love their crate. I mention that if the dogs love their crate then travel is easier and safer, and that if Fido loves their crate they will readily enter and relax when you need them to. I say, “If they love their crate it can be a safe spot to go when things get too hectic around the house”.
Many times I then walk them through the steps of getting dogs used to their crates, and problem solve with them along the way to achieve the end goal—dog is happy in crate and for the most part can enter, relax and travel in crates when needed.
Even though crate training is part of my work and I espouse its virtues, my own dog Bella had never even been near a crate until a few months ago. That is my dirty little secret.
This changed when my husband and I decided relocate to Big Island in Hawaii. There was no way to get her here without a plane and a crate. The prospect of putting my dog in a on a plane and trusting that she would get there safely was just about too much, but would never leave her behind. So, that meant getting her ready to travel.
As the reality of the need for crate training hit me, I mused about why I had not worked on crate training Bella earlier in her life. Sure would have been easier!
For many dogs crate training only takes a few days or few weeks, but for Bella it took about 2.5 months. It was not always easy, but we did it and we made it safely to our new home.
My experience with Bella really reinforced how important it is to crate train your dog or puppy early because you never know when it will come in handy. So, with this recent life experienc in mind, I designed a seminar to teach others the skills needed to crate train dogs and puppies. I want everyone to know how to work through and enjoy the crate training process. Further people to know what to do if you hit a rough spot or road block on the road to getting your dog to love the crate!
Once you have learned the process I will share with you, you can get your dog to the vet, or fly on a plane, house train them, or just keep them out of trouble with no fuss or stress for you or your dog — no force needed.
Crate Training Seminar
The seminar will not only help with crate training it will increase your knowledge of training basics as well as desensitization and counter-conditioning techniques.
Debbie Lewis, MS
I educate and support people as they deepen their understanding of their pet's behavior to create happy, healthy pet-people relationships.
Debbie Lewis, MS
Hawaii and beyond
600 Ainako Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720