Using the virtual switch device also gives you the option to limit the connection between the crate sensor and that virtual presence indicator to just certain times of day or certain modes. So that the sensor triggering turns on the presence sensor, but only when you want to do so.
That way if you wanted to do crate training practice with your dog to increase his tolerance of the crate, you could do it without his away/home indicator going on and off all the time. Or if you just wanted to put him in the crate for a little while because you had guests over or whatever.
By the way, Sue Garrett has a great DVD called CRATE GAMES which is just training protocols designed to help your dog enjoy being in the crate. She does a lot of dog sports so she designed a program for those dogs since they have to go to a competition and spend a lot of time in the crate while other dogs are running around on the equipment. Very challenging, obviously.
Anyway, it’s a very different method than most crate training, because it’s high energy. Some of the games have the dog running into the crate as fast as they can, or running out of the crate as fast as they can. It’s not the usual just put them in there and slowly build up time duration. They really are games that are fun for the dog.
The DVD is expensive, $35 new, but you can sometimes find it used or even at some libraries.
There’s a one minute sample on YouTube, you can see how much fun the dogs are having.
Our service dog trainer recommends this DVD for both pet dogs and service dogs.
Dogwise or CleanRun sometimes have it on sale, it’s worth checking: