Crate Training

Linn Boyke, a professional dog behaviorist, talks about training your dog to be comfortable in a crate
Crate training: Getting your dog comfortable in a crate
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People often say, how do you crate train a dog? I don’t like to call it training. I really want it to be a comfortable place for the dog to relax, to feel safe. I call it a casa, casito, condo, castle. If you believe it’s a crate, a cage, then that’s how the dog is going to believe it. I never put a dog in a crate as a punishment. It’s always I can’t handle working with the dog and the child at this time. Or whatever the priority is. I’m going to help the dog out. I’m going to limit its freedom and put it in a nice comfortable place it can be while I finish this priority. Now to get to that point, you really have to understand this is where I want you to be. If you go back to the behavior expectation drills of a specific place I want them to be, you can put them in the create or the casa without the door closed to teach them, I want you to be there. Not just shutting them in and making them stay in there. Then it becomes a management. And the dog can create some serious behavior issues of trying to escape, barking, or relieving its frustration that way. If we teach the dog that the casa or crate is a comfortable place to be, it will soon understand that when I’m too busy to focus on and I guide that dog to that area, it will understand that it will go in there and relax. And that is what we want the dog to understand.
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Linn Boyke, a professional dog behaviorist, talks about training your dog to be comfortable in a crate


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Linn Boyke

Founder, ZEN4K9S Behavioral Recovery Center and Beyond the Dog

Linn Boyke began his work with dogs in 1997, after the tragic loss of his dog Ginger fueled his desire to help other dogs. He started with a dog walking business and later, began offering private lessons of training in obedience. Linn quickly found that traditional methods of training had little effect on his clients' dog behavioral issues. He wanted to provide the help they needed and began searching for answers to the concerns they had about their dogs. When he failed to find this information, Linn became very frustrated. It became clear to Linn that his emotions had a dramatic effect on the dogs, which caused their behaviors to escalate. He nearly gave up all together before finally hearing about a man people were calling the "Dog Whisperer", Cesar Millan. After spending only a few minutes with Cesar, Linn knew that he was in the right place to get the information that he sought. With Cesar's guidance and consistent invitation to be in the present moment, Cesar helped Linn to discover that he already had the answers. It clearly was not a dog issue, but a lack of communication.

In 2004, Cesar's life changed forever when National Geographic Channel picked up his show, "Dog Whisperer", that quickly caught the world's attention. Soon after, Cesar was informed that his busy schedule would not allow time to provide private consultations and rehabilitation. Cesar's "Ripple Effect" then changed Linn's life forever too. For the next three years, all calls to Cesar's Dog Psychology Center for consultations and rehabilitation were referred to Linn. Linn was extremely honored to be asked to continue teaching Cesar's philosophy.

Many lives have been changed after meeting and working with Linn. Clients have driven from all over California and from as far away as Connecticut, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Las Vegas, Montana, Michigan, Arkansas, and Washington to have consultations with him. Linn will always be grateful to Cesar for showing him what is possible through self-awareness. Cesar is his greatest role model. Linn has also spent time with three greats in the dog world: Martin Deeley, Mark Goldberg and Robin MacFarlane, learning their unique methods of using the remote training collar. Linn is very proud to be a professional level member of International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

Although Linn was trained directly by Cesar, he has developed many ideas and techniques that he has combined to create his own philosophy. He is teaching these methods to hand-picked applicants from around the world at his School of Dog Psychology in the LA area. Linn is dedicated to educating as many people as possible to help them better understand how dogs communicate and how to provide for them.

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