Crate Or Not To Crate?
Many people have the wrong impression about crate training. Unknowing friends have called it cruel or unfair to crate-train a puppy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here's why:
Crate Training Tips.
Crate training can take days to weeks depending on your dog's age, temperament, and past experiences. Keep two things in mind while crate training.
How Your Dog Thinks
Your dog thinks in a very logical manner, but canine logic is simpler than human logic. Like their wolf ancestors, dogs are pack animals.
More commonly known as 'Housebreaking'. This is one of the most important training efforts you'll ever make - but it doesn't have to be difficult. Behaviorists recommend a five-step approach:
I.Q. Test For Your Companion.
“My dog is smarter than yours!” … “Is not!” … Is too and I can prove it!” Once upon a time, this challenge was hurled from one child to another on playgrounds and in neighborhoods. Today, you’re just as likely to hear a barrage of these claims and counterclaims among adults.
Puppy Proofing Your House.
PUPPY PROOF: Before your puppy comes in, you'll need to "puppy proof" your home. Remember, puppies are like babies, they want to explore and they put everything in their mouths! Here's a simple checklist to make sure your home is safe for a puppy: