Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Crate Training

Crate Training by Rob:

Crate training is the best way to teach your puppy good behavior, plus it gives him or her the chance to "get away" for a break when they feel tired.

This is not the only plus to crate training. It alsow will save your house from being torn appart while your away or unable to watch the puppy say while your asleep.

It will also expedite the potty training and gives you the added bonus of security while your away shopping or travelling with him or her.

Basic rules for crate training should begin with the crate itself. The crate should be big enough for the puppy to stand up and turn around without problems. The latch should be non accessable from the inside as some puppies are quite clever and made of stainless steel front gate and plastic on the rest. Ensure the crate has many vent holes on all sides excluding the botton so that it will keep waste accidents inside and the air still able to flow through.

The location of your crate can vary but understand that the dog is a social animal and shoudl not be locked in a room by itself for many hours. It is okay to keep him or her in another room for "quite time" and a place for the pup to get away from the family noise and stress. The crate is not a form of punishment and shoud never be treated as one.

It is best to keep the pups toys and treats in the crate with the door open so that they are comfortable going in and out without fear.

The first time you lock the carte with him in it would be when he is ready for a rest on his terms, normally after a long play and he has been outside for his potty break.

the pup will whine and cry at first but when they settle down go into the room and open the crate.

Do not yell at the dog or show anything aggressive to him while inthe crate as this will give him fear of the crate. The crate should be positive at all times.

You should increase the amount of time slowly so that the puppy will relax and be quiet in the crate before he is released and he gets a reward .

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