My pup's kennel and run sits on bricks above grass. To protect the grass it gets shifted every couple of months but usually just next to where it used to be,
This week I shifted it about 30 feet and when I told my pup, 'Kennel', he ran and stood where his kennel used to be. So this behaviour must mean that he doesn't recognize the structure of the kennel in relation to the command "Kennel'.
I led him to the kennel so he soon learnt that "Kennel' means: go inside the structure rather than a place on the lawn. I was amazed because I just assumed that he had learnt that the command "Kennel' meant to go inside the kennel rather than a specific place in the wider universe. Any thoughts to explain this behaviour would be welcomed. Thank you in advance for your replies.
i havent given this much thought but sat here now my train of thought is running along the lines of dogs learn by association.

my hearing dogs know that they each have their own bed and where ever i put the beds when i say bed they go to the right beds.

how old is your puppy? and how exactly did you get him used to his kennel?
my dogs to start with are crated and so to get them used to the crates i leave all the crate doors open and throw toys through them for the dogs to get, i sit in them and wait for them to join me i feed them in the crates but leave the doors open and i groom them in there.

the crate becomes associated with fun things and nice things, the first night in the crate is with a frozen kong.
(cream cheese seals one end then freeze, fill with cheese, pepperami and dog biscuits and the seal the other end with peanut butter and freeze) with any luck by the time its all gone the pup will be alltuckered out.

the next night the frozen kong will have slightly less and so on. its a bit long winded but i keep dalmatians so food is key.
i havent given this much thought but sat here now my train of thought is running along the lines of ... to the right beds. how old is your puppy? and how exactly did you get him used to his kennel?

Almost 10 months.
He sleeps overnight in the kennel. I got him used to it originally by feeding him in there. He likes it and goes there voluntarily at bedtime. If he wants water during the day, it is in the run attatched to the kennel. He learnt the command 'Kennel' through having to pick up his toys and put them in the run prior to me mowing the lawns. He seems to like doing that as if it was a game rather than a chore.

My original question was:
My pup's kennel and run sits on bricks above grass. To protect the grass it gets shifted every couple of months but usually just next to where it used to be,
This week I shifted it about 30 feet and when I told my pup, 'Kennel', he ran and stood where his kennel used to be. So this behaviour must mean that he doesn't recognize the structure of the kennel in relation to the command "Kennel'.
I led him to the kennel so he soon learnt that "Kennel' means: go inside the structure rather than a place on the lawn. I was amazed because I just assumed that he had learnt that the command "Kennel' meant to go inside the kennel rather than a specific place in the wider universe. Any thoughts to explain this behaviour would be welcomed. Thank you in advance for your replies.
its not something i would worry about, its interesting but not something i know the answer to.
i do know that my dogs get excited on approach roads to favourite places and know the way to their 'grandparents' (and the grandparents biscuit cupboard)
they only visit a certain stretch of river in the summer and will always go to the spot on the bank thats lowered so the can just slip in the water..but then again that doesnt answer your question Emotion: smile dg.
its not something i would worry about, its interesting but not something i know the answer to.

Yes, that describes my situation as well.
Thank you for your replies and your interesting examples.