What does it mean to be "great in the crate?" The end goal of crate training is a dog who will go into a crate, kennel, or carrier when asked and remain there, comfortable and relaxed, in a variety of situations, both alone and in the middle of the action. A dog who's "great in the crate" can be safely and easily confined wherever they are, whether at home, in the car, in a hotel room, or at a dog sports event.
Does that sound like a lot? It is! Individual dogs get "stuck" on different pieces of the complete puzzle. In this four-week, self-paced, drop-in-style class, you and your dog can get a broad overview of crate training, or focus in on one particular element that you'd like to improve. With fun, easy-to-train exercises you can practice at home, students will be coached on building the following Crate Skills:
I. Entering on cue, from a distance, past distractions
II. Impulse control for patient, calm exits
III. Settling/relaxing inside the crateIV. Door closed? No big deal!
V. Entering on cue, from a distance, past distractions
When it comes to crating for longer periods and leaving your dog alone in the crate, instructors can talk through individual challenges, recommend next steps, and help you decide if your dog needs more help. However, for practical reasons, these skills will not be practiced during class time.
Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.
Crates will be provided! Students may also bring their own pop-up crates or small carriers to class if desired.
Two important notes:
1. Great in the Crate is a group class that takes place in one of our smaller rooms. Dogs who have trouble focussing on food in the presence of other dogs or people should work on calm crating in private lessons!
2. Dogs who panic specifically when left alone require more than crate training, and unfortunately this class will not address those issues in detail. However, even these dogs can benefit from non-isolated crate training! Contact our Training Ambassadors for more info.
Payment & Refund Policy: Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center cannot offer any refunds for training services at this time. All sales are final.
What to Bring to Class: Click here to view what items you should bring with you to class.
Class Dates & Times (Starts August 2021):
Wednesdays @ 7:15pm
Fridays @ 3:30pm
Saturdays @ 9am
Saturdays @ 4:30pm
***Classes do not need to be completed in any order. It does not matter on which day or time you attend class or with which instructor.***
Duration: 4 Classes/60 mins each
Notes: This class may be taken more than once.
How to Register: To begin the process of joining our training programs please fill out this Training Intake Form. Once you complete the form our training team will review and reach out to you with training and scheduling options.