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crateI want to talk to you about crating your dogs.

A lot of people I talk to struggle with this concept and think its cruel and unusual punishment, or they did use a crate when housebreaking their puppy but no longer use the crate.

I get emails almost daily from people whose dogs are chewing stuff, destroying the furniture and peeing and pooping every where..

This is taking place when they are away and when they are home..

Now I am a huge supporter of crate training your dogs.. it is the best way that I know of to keep your dogs contained and safe when you are away or too busy to watch them.

I always crate my dogs when I am away.. because there is just too much stuff that they could get into that has the potential to kill them..

Poisons, clothing, electrical wires, plastic bags, that could potentially suffocate them if the bag gets stuck on their heads..and if these things don’t kill the dog it could get stuck inside the dog and require very expensive surgery to remove it..

I don’t want to have to dog proof my home every time I leave .. so I put them in crates..

Not only are crates a great way to contain your dogs, it’s good for your dogs mental state of mind..

Just think about it..

What is your dog doing if not in a crate?..

Running back and forth barking at every widow?..

Searching from room to room?..

Getting into the trash?..

Building up stress and anxious behavior that is counter productive to having a calm and well-balanced dog..

I feel it is much better to train your dog to go in and out of the crate on command..and stay there. and to be quiet..

This is great structure training and a great way to build your leadership skills.

The one thing the crate should never be used for is punishment..if your dogs behaves badly..correct them.. sending them to the crate is not like sending a child to their room to think about what they did.. in my opinion it don’t work like that..

So my tip for today is practice having your dog go in the crate, lie down and stay there..leave the door open so the dog learns that just because the door is open don’t mean they can come out..only the command from you will release them to come out..do this many times..and your dog will learn that the crate is for calmness and quiet time..

If you have any questions or need help just let me know and I will help you sort things out..have a great weekend…and all the best.

Harley

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How To Introduce a New Puppy or Dog To The Dog(s) You Already Have

Bringing home a new dog is a highly charged and exciting time.

It doesn’t matter if you get a pup or decide to rescue a shelter dog, if you already have a dog, it’s important to manage the introductions to make sure it goes well for you and your dog(s).

If done right, this getting to know you experience can be relatively stress free for everyone.

I have rescued many dog over the years and I can tell you that it takes about 1-2 months for dogs to settle the new pecking order, and a year before you could say the dogs are now part of the same pack.

They are going to test one another, they might even have a “dust up” or two, that’s why I believe supervision and good management are key to making sure things don’t get too far out of hand.

Watch this short I made on how to introduce a new puppy or dog to the dogs you already have.

Want to learn how to properly crate train your dog?

As Spock would say, it’s only logical captain. 🙂

To find out more about using a crate to manage your dogs behavior go here NEXT!

Ultimate Guide To Properly Crate Training Your Puppy Or Dog

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There’s just one thing that all dogs want to know, and they need you to answer it.

Between raising the kids and making meals, working a shift, going to soccer games, swimming lessons, making time for your better half, going to the gym walking the dog..well.. the list could go on and on, but there is no doubt about one thing..at the end of the day your energy is spent, taking off your shoes seems to be a chore that might require some assistance.

With all the things we do daily that drain our energy, the very act of doing them causes stress to our bodies and our minds, and stress as we all know can have very negative effect on us if we don’t deal with it.

So..we have learned that in order to alleviate some of this stress so that we don’t explode..(emotionally speaking,) there are certain activities that help to keep us in balance so we can get up the next day and do it all again.

You might enjoy listening to music, yoga class, reading a good book, massage, sitting on the porch watching the sun go down, smoking a pipe., the possibilities are endless, and individual to you..what works for you might not work for others.

Now let’s consider the daily life of most dogs..not all dogs but most.

A dogs day starts the same time your’s does, if not before..and they have even more energy that you have to start their day..but, instead of getting ready to go to work …they will be lucky to get out for 5 minutes to use the bathroom, come inside and have 10 minutes to eat…a quick pat on the head from you, and a be a good boy till I get back..and then they are sequestered in their assigned areas until you come back.

For most dogs their day is spent either tied in the yard, behind a fence, in a crate, locked in the house.

One thing  is for sure their range of movement is restricted to some degree.

Still he is constantly bombarded by energy coming from life going on around him.

Someone repeatedly knocks on the door because no one there to answer it, a squirrel runs across the yard, the dog next door is in heat, the boom of a passing thunderstorm, needs to relieve himself but it will be two hours before anyone comes to let him outside.

Over the span of the 6-8 hours most people are away from the house the dog has absorbed vast quantities of stress, but has burned very little energy..so when you finally get home, your dog is a quivering emotional stressed out mess..as soon as you open the door or let him out of the crate he jumps up on you, runs around the house maybe knocking over plants and what not.

He paws at you for attention, barks non stop at you or someone passing on the street, surfs the counters, chases the cats, and if you do take him for a walk he pulls you down the street with your feet practically off the ground, and stops only when another dog approaches him and he starts to growl and lunge dragging you toward the strange dog.

The reason a dog does all these different and sometimes annoying behaviors is due to the fact that he is stressed out and is searching for something, anything to satisfy his emotional state of mind, which brings me to the main point of my article..there’s just one thing all dogs want to know..

What do I do with all my energy?

All the best,

Harley

Resource: Natural Dog Training.com

 

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The number one thing to remember when learning how to house train your new puppy or adopted dog, is that if you can’t watch them, you must confine them to a crate until you are confident they are house broken.

If you don’t have a crate, then a small room like the bathroom or kitchen is fine. Use gates to keep them in one general area.

I suggest getting a crate, they are perfect for many different occasions, like a trip to the vet, or a good place for them to sleep at night. Besides a dog will not usually soil the place where he sleeps.

When you are at home you can also tie your dog to you with a leash to be able to quickly go outside if your dog needs to go.

Set a routine, and stick to it, for example eat, drink, and go for a walk, this will establish a pattern that your dog will adhere to.

Give your dog a reasonable amount of time to eat, 10 minutes is usually plenty, and then pick up the bowl and put it away.

Do not leave food in the dish because if your dog can eat when ever he wants, you will not be able to establish a predictable patter in his use of the bathroom. However your puppy or dog should have access to fresh water at all times.

Once you begin to observe your puppy or dog, you will soon notice that they have a pattern to when they use the bathroom, for example, a puppy will most likely want to go pee when you are playing with him, or just after they wake up, or just before or after they eat, or drink. Puppies usually need to go every two hours or so.

This routine is the same for older dogs that have been adopted, treat them as they were just puppy’s too.

What to do when they pee in the wrong place

Never hit or yell at your puppy or dog for going inside, if you do then they will learn that it is safer if they wait until you’re not in sight. They didn’t do it just to make you mad, they simply had to go and you didn’t catch them in time.

If you catch them in the act, then a sharp “hey,hey!” and pick them up or if they are on a leash, quickly run outside.

What to do when they pee in the right place

Once your outside, stop and let your dog sniff and explore the 6 foot radius of the leash. Do not say anything, when he starts to go, remain silent, because if you speak he may stop and look for you to play. Later when he is trained you can start to add a phrase like, “hurry up, go pee,”.. remember this is not a time for play.

Let him finish, and then give a treat, play, praise him tell him what a good boy he is. This will reinforce to your dog that you really like what he just did and it will encourage him to repeat this behavior to get the reward.

Some other tips about how to house train your new puppy or adopted dog..

You can expect your puppy to be fully house trained by the age of 6 months, it is unrealistic to think it will happen before because your puppy has very little control over his bladder until then.

If your pup or dog makes a mistake inside, then you need to eliminate the odor or they will go there again, regular house hold cleaners just don’t work, but there are many product at your local pet store that will do this.

Newspaper training just teaches your dog that it’s o.k. to go inside the house, I suggest getting a crate.

If you go out and he don’t go, never assume he don’t need to and let him have free run of the house, put him back in a confined area for 10-15 minutes and then try again.

Last but not least, have a rolled up newspaper handy, and when your dog makes a mistake in the house, whack yourself a couple of times, because any mistakes in-house training is your fault, not the dog’s.

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