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Old 02-13-2016, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Crate trainning

Any help would be awesome. We want her in it when we leave. But as far as when she pottys on the floor which she's getting better at. Or when she gets in trouble do I put her in there? Any advice would be awesome.
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Well, you want the crate to be a den or safe haven for her, not a jail. I crate all my new dogs (a couple were puppies when I got them, but most were rescued teenagers/young adults) until potty training is understood and what's legal to chew is understood. When I crate, I give them something to do - a squeaky toy, a legal chew toy, a kong, etc. so it's a positive experience. My dogs, when I had the crates up, with doors open, would eventually go in of their own accord to nap.

How old is your puppy? What kind of trouble? Chewing up stuff or gnawing on furniture? If she's 'getting in trouble' and is not house-trained completely, get a rolled up newspaper and every time something happens, whack yourself over the head for not watching her. Tether her to you, or do not let her out of your sight EVER, whenever she is loose in the house. If you can't watch her like a hawk, put her in the crate with a kong or something to chew. For potty training, take her out when she first wakes up, after she eats, and after she's been playing. Praise/treat party for pottying outside, whack yourself if she makes a mistake inside because YOU are the more intelligent one and YOU didn't watch her.

I had 2 crates for house training. One wire crate in the living room (most used room during the day) and a soft crate next to my bed for nighttime (was a lot easier than lugging the heavy wire crate up and down stairs every day) so my new dog(s) are never isolated when crated. Dogs want to be with their people, so keep them where the action/non-action is.

Another useful thing to teach your puppy is to trade, ie, trade an 'illegal' shoe for a 'legal' chew toy or treat; or take up her food bowl while she's eating, then give it right back with a really tasty treat added. You want her to learn that giving up a 'treasure' gets her a better deal and you'll avoid inadvertently teaching her to guard things (by taking stuff away from her and leaving her with nothing). My youngest dog, Michaela, caught a squirrel the other day and was planning to have it for a snack. I traded a pig ear for it (it was a hard decision for her but she couldn't resist the pig ear). Trading saved me from chasing and inadvertently teaching her to keep away from me when she has hold of something I don't want her to have.
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
 

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There's some info on crates and kennels that I found a while back on this puppy training blog post. https://www.dogids.com/blog/puppy-tr...ps-and-advice/

I hope in comes in handy for other new puppy owners.

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Dont use the crate as a punishment. It should be just large enough for your dog to be able to stand and turn around. You can put an upside down milk crate in it to take up some space while she is growing.

here are some games you can play with your dog to help them adjust to the crate. I also leave the TV or radio on for my dog so the quiet house doesn't make too many scary noises when I leave. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8HNO79bZMY

It is best to have a bed or rug in another area to give her "timeouts" and not use the crate for that purpose when she misbehaves. Train her to go to her bed. You want her to be comfortable in her crate not scared of it.
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I understand your concern about your home being run over by an uncontrollable pet but do remember that making your dog’s crate a tool for punishment is not the right way to go about it. While some dog owners might feel that crating their dog is unkind but contrary to that a crate is usually a place where your pet finds comfort and safety. Being inside the crate should be a nice experience for the pup or dog and you want to keep that way.
Your dog should be naturally drawn to its den or crate and this behavior can be cultivated in them by using positive methods of crate training. Making him love his crate would keep him away from littering or p**ping around the place. It will also keep him from chewing your things and thus will prevent your pets from getting in trouble.
For instance, you can start by placing the crate with the door open, in the same room where you sit while watching TV at night or reading a book you like. Make sure to put one of their blankets or rugs that you keep aside for them inside the crate and the dog will go in straight away. In case he doesn’t, use some treats in place of it but do keep in mind that this will require you to be more patient with them.
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