Puppy Confinement Schedule: What Is Conformation Training And Why Is It Important For Every Dog In Your Home?

What is Confinement Training, and how does it work? Confinement training is simply teaching your dog that being confined for a short period of time in a safe, clean space is acceptable. While the word “confinement” may sound frightening, teaching your dog to tolerate, and even enjoy, a small bit of down time in a specific space is actually quite humane.
Why Should You Train in a Confinement Area? You might be surprised at how many unwanted behaviors can be reduced by confinement training and how much easier things can become once your dog understands how to relax in a confinement space for a short period of time. Take a look at this list:
Issues with housetraining
Chewing that causes damage.
Canine roommates who don’t get along
Dogs defend their resources
pounce on visitors.
In multiple dog households, overall stress reduction
Being able to concentrate solely on one dog at a time.
Cleaning is a breeze (if you vacuum around the dog, you’re bound to miss a spot).
Separation anxiety can be avoided before it becomes a problem.
So, how do I get started? It will be key to choose the right confinement space, and not all confinement spaces are created equal. When deciding what will work best for your dog, keep this in mind. If you have a young puppy or dog who is learning to housetrain as well as chew (and just about everything else, right? ), you’ll want to invest in a crate that is large enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around, and be comfortable, but not so large that they can go potty on one end and then escape by going to the other. Dogs are not likely to soil a small space they are confined to (unless they haven’t had enough opportunities to do their business elsewhere, or if they are panicking – but that’s a topic for another time).
A crate is still an excellent option if your dog is already housetrained. Others, however, do exist. A laundry room or mudroom with no dangerous objects or chemicals that the dog can access is a great confinement option for an older dog. Using their meal time to instill a love for this space is simple. Close the door and serve their meal. Wait until they’ve finished eating before setting the timer for thirty seconds. After this brief amount of confinement following the meal, open the door and let them out. Your goal is to have your dog let out before there is any scratching or whining at the door. You can gradually increase the amount of time your dog spends in this room after a meal, creating an instant confinement space!
A baby gate is another excellent option. You can keep your dog in a room where they can see and hear you but not reach the area you’re in if you use a gate. This is useful if one dog in the house requires more training than another, as separating the two can often help with training success. However, the gated dog may require some training in order to accept the fact that they are not in the middle of the action. Fill in an easy treat dispensing toy or buy a tasty chew item for the gated dog to enjoy while you train the other dog within earshot to make it easier on yourself.
Do you believe your dog will never have to be confined? Take a look at these scenarios—at least one of them is bound to happen!
At the veterinarian’s office or the groomer’s
In a lodging house
If they ever get lost, they can go to a shelter.
When you’re training a second dog at home,
Separation is key for management when bringing a cat or other animal into your home.
During a natural disaster or a life-threatening situation, such as a car accident,
If they’re hurt, ill, or recovering from surgery,
If you’re having your floors or carpets redone,
If a small child or a person who is afraid of dogs visits,
If you’re ill and need a place to stay,
If you enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to keep a dog on your property, make sure they follow the rules!
Every dog, I guarantee, will have to tolerate some amount of confinement at some point in their lives. So, rather than surprising them in the moment, consider teaching them to calmly tolerate it now! You’ll find that teaching your dog to tolerate a confined space also helps them learn to be calm in general!