We don't want to encourage any attention at this time of night
or this may become a habit.
If there is any further whimpering, then ignore this as your
puppy may be looking for attention.
First thing in the morning, puppy needs
to be taken outside for toilets and play. Remember to stay
with your puppy until toilets have happened so that you can
praise the pup. This promotes good toilet training.
The crate is positioned beside your bed
and helps to build that special bond. After a few weeks, then
it is time to move the crate, gradually, away from your bedroom.
During the day the crate can be moved around the home or even
outside if that is where you want your dog to stay eventually.
If you are busy and can't watch the puppy,
or the children are harassing the pup, then put the pup in
the crate for short periods.
Crates are to be positive, and not negative. Never go mad
at your dog and then give time out in the crate, or use this
for any negative behaviour.
Make the crate positive by placing some
toys and a little food in there for the first couple of times,
to help the dog want to go inside the crate. Your crate should
have a door so the pup cannot get out during the night, and
at a later stage this door can be left open, so the pup can
take advance of its den for rest and security.
A crate can be used for short-term confinement
when no one is home. These portable enclosures are certainly
worth peace of mind of knowing the pet is safe and comfortable
when left and not chewing those unwanted things around the
house, especially the electrical cords.
An older dog can be conditioned to accept
a crate, if your dog already lies under chairs or low lying
trees, then you will find the dog will accept a crate with
Use a similar procedure when introducing a crate to the older
dog, by throwing food in the crate every now and then.
You will find that the dog will enjoy being there because
it is positive.
Crates come in all shapes and sizes and available at pet stores
or your local Vet.
Be sure to buy a crate that is suitable for when you puppy
grows into an adult dog.
So at last peace of mind with your new
pup and crates are cheaper than having carpets cleaned or
# Information supplied
Tabitha Young - Wagtails Behaviour & Training Centre
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