Crate Training

Crate Training :While you are waiting for your puppy to be less dependent on his canine mama, there are plenty of things you can be doing. Just like human parents must baby proof the house, you should puppy proof your house! The purpose of puppy proofing is to make sure you remove anything that could be harmful to your new pet such as cleaning products, electric cords or breakable glass. It’s also a great way to make sure that possible items that may make appealing teething rings and chew toys are put away out of puppy’s reach. If there are children in the home, removing favorite stuffed animals and their toys might be a very good idea as puppy may not be able to distinguish between his play items and theirs.
As you go through your home also keep in mind where your dog will sleep. Most new dog owners use a crate in the beginning; but there’re still a few owners that I see that feel that crating a dog is inhumane or constitutes a negative situation. Here is my take on crating.
Crating the puppy creates a soft warm home and prevents your puppy from engaging in destructive behavior while not being watched. It’s also an extremely important tool in potty training. That goes for either training your dog to go to the bathroom outside or using Wee-Wee pads in the house.

When getting a crate, make sure you purchase one that is the right size. The rule of thumb is the crate should be one and a half times your puppy’s body length not including the tail. Crates come with dividers. You can make a large crate smaller and then gradually expand your puppies living quarters. The concept behind the dividers is that dogs are notoriously clean animals. By keeping puppy in an enclosed area he will do his best not to go to the bathroom and soil himself or his bed. In other words, when you come down in the morning to let your puppy out, his bladder is full from holding it in all night. Now you can then take him over to his bathroom area (be it outside or Wee-Wee pad), he relieves himself, you go crazy, give him a treat and tell him what a smart, wonderful doggie he is. Bada Bing Bada Boom… before you know it Puppy is trained! At least that is the concept.

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