I don’t know anything about you but I’m sure you’ve had days when you just want to get away and spend some quiet time alone relaxing. It’s not about being lazy– timely mini vacations have proved to be quite helpful in decreasing stress while increasing productivity levels. You’re probably going, ‘I wish! Tell that to my boss.’ Well, what if your boss is the one who planned it all for you? Wouldn’t a personal retreat sound good?
Dogs are no different. They seek out dens to hide out in when they feel threatened and vulnerable. In the wild, it would be easy enough to go about doing this; but in the jungle called domestic home life, they wouldn’t know where to start. Being a loving master means having enough responsibility to see them utilize methods that nurture and protect them. This article gives you effective puppy training tips on how to best crate train your dog.
Crate training a puppy sounds like a really bad form of canine punishment you don’t want to get involved in. Truth be known, it’s actually helpful in animal training; specifically potty training. You see, as much as he is able to, dogs will not unload dog matter on his personal space. This means that a crate trained puppy will wait until he is released from the pen before he eliminates, therefore giving you something to work with in terms of scheduling his feeding and potty time. Make sure to use a crate that is comfortable but small enough for him not to use a part of it as a toilet.
This crate should be placed inside your bedroom or living room. Never forcefully push the puppy inside this place, he should enter willingly. Put in interesting dog toys and some favorite treats. Begin to feed him inside the crate. Remember the secret is to make this place as pleasant as possible. This should be his haven from all the busyness of a dog?s life so do not take him here as punishment for wrong behavior.
After a while, he will begin to be comfortable inside. When you feel the time is right, close the crate while you are still in the room. Do not release him the moment he cries or becomes upset. This will tell the puppy that reacting violently will get him what he wants and believe me; no owner would ever want that. Unless he is in pain or wants to potty, wait for the cries to subside before opening the crate.
If all goes well, the puppy will now be accustomed to a closed crate and is probably not noticing you as much anymore. Begin to go out of the room for longer periods of time. With the puppy toys distracting him, he is now at ease and even enjoying this time of play and quiet time. Keep in mind your puppy?s physical limitations and do not leave him alone for more than four hours at a time without going potty.
Follow these puppy training tips and you will regain a certain freedom most pet owners have forgotten about. A disciplined dog brought up in this method will be easier to schedule for sleeping and potty breaks. Not only that, an actual vacation will be possible now that you can leave your puppy for longer periods of time inside his little nook. After crate training a puppy successfully, you will wonder how you ever managed otherwise.
Author: Geraldine DimarcoThis author has published 13 articles so far.