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Rules of the Household?

A dog must not control the household in any manner. Rules need to be established and followed consistently by all family members and visitors to the home. This is especially true for puppies. It is most important for puppies for toilet training and safety purposes, in addition to setting the hierarchy within the home. Dog are opportunists and puppies are no exception, as shaping your puppy's behaviour will be counter-productive if there are no rules and leadership elsewhere in its life. read more

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Puppy Crate Training

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There are many benefits to crate training a puppy, at the same time, limited arguments against it, other than those resulting from the improper introduction of a crate, using the crate for punishment and leaving a puppy in a crate for extreme lengths of time. If the crate is presented under positive circumstances, and associated with positive reinforcements, it is a wonderful tool for shaping a puppy into a well-adjusted dog; ensuring a safe puppy/dog; not to mention an aid in training and serving practical purposes.

The Crate as a Safe Haven for your Puppy

A crate, in this case, is a tool for creating a safety haven for the puppy that is familiar, warm, comfortable and ever-so-slightly isolated from the normal hustle and bustle of the household.

The Crate as a Safety Haven for a Puppy

This is not to be confused with the above, as this is for the puppy, and using the crate as a Safety Haven is keeping external dangers from the puppy. For example, children should not be allowed to bother the puppy while in the crate, which includes any unsupervised handling or agitating when it's very important that the puppy get a peaceful, uninterrupted rest.

If you need to leave the puppy for any short period of time, the crate ensures that any curious wandering won't lead to trouble, such as tumbling down a flight of steps, or putting something in their mouth that they should not.

The Crate as a Practical Tool in a Puppy's Life

For many, relying on a crate in which to transport a pet is paramount for the comfort and safely of the dog and passengers. In addition, should a dog be kennelled at some point in their life, the use of a crate is an excellent way to get a dog used to confined, personal space.

The Crate as a Training Tool for Puppies

The crate is also a wonderful training tool, on many levels, one of the most helpful and popular is for toilet training puppies.

Most puppies will not soil where they sleep, and provided that the puppy has been taken outside prior to any reasonable amount of time spent in the crate, they may be left unsupervised without interfering with the puppy toilet training regime. In addition, it is much clearer for a puppy undergoing toilet training to make the association of going outside to eliminate immediately following release from the crate.

Proper crate training also may prevent separation anxiety when used properly in teaching a puppy that when you leave you always come back. In general, a puppy learns to settle and occupy themselves without constant human intervention, which become increasingly more important as the dog grows and likely become more demanding for attention unless taught to behave otherwise.

For many crate-dog owners, crates are permanent fixtures in the home, and for just as many, a dog is either weaned from the crate by design or by their own choosing. If it is no longer needed because the owner has successfully raised a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog who prefers existing elsewhere in and around or out of the house, or if the crate is just taking up too much space and you need to gradually phase it out of the home, it does serve many purposes for the new puppy owner.

Try not to think of it as a prison for a puppy, and certainly don't use it with this purpose in mind. When used properly, you will find that a puppy chooses to go into their crate without prompting. Not to mention that the command, "go to your bed" is a very powerful tool in later obedience training and behaviour management Crates are good things, and just like purchasing a crib for a baby they should be a seriously considered piece of furniture if the new arrival to the home is a puppy.

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