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Crate Training

Crate training can be a valuable tool, and your dog can grow to love being in the crate!

  • The key is to introduce the dog to the crate slowly, and gradually build up the amount of time he is in the crate.
  • Start out by feeding the dog in the crate, with the door open- if the dog is reluctant to go inside the crate at first, simply feed him in the vicinity of the crate.
  • Once the dog is comfortable going in and out of the crate, you can start closing the door for brief periods (just a few seconds at first, while the dog is distracted by eating).
  • Eventually, you will be able to extend the amount of time the dog spends in the crate. It is important that the crate is a positive experience for the dog!
  •  Never force the dog into the crate, or use the crate as a punishment- the crate needs to be a den-like space where the dog can feel safe and content. 
  • More information can be found at the humane society web page at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/crate_training.html

Housebreaking

The key to housebreaking is vigilance- never let a dog who is not housebroken out of your sight!

  • Get the dog on a set feeding schedule, and monitor food and water intake- knowing what goes into the dog, and when, will help you to better judge when it will come back out.
  • Try to be aware of your dog's "cues" that they need to go potty- they may abruptly stop in the midst of some activity and begin sniffing around, possibly in an area where they have previously soiled; they may also go hang around the vicinity of the door where you normally take them out to go potty.
  • Take the dog outside as often as possible, to give them ample opportunity to potty outside (if you think your dog might need to "go", then take him out!).
  • Once the dog has finished eliminating and begins to step away, praise and reward.
  • If the dog has an accident inside, and you don't catch it in the act, there is nothing you can do but clean it up.
  •  If you do catch the dog in the midst of pottying inside, act quickly! Interrupt the dog with a lound noise (or simply pick them up if they are small), and take them outside.
  • As soon as they finish their business outside, praise and reward!
  • Remember to praise and reward as soon as they finish!!  Timing is key!!
  •  For more information visit http://www.newpet.com/quicktips/housebreaking/qt_hb_hints.htm

Chewing

There are a variety of causes for chewing- the dog could be teething, anxious, or simply bored.

  • The first step is managing the dog's environment, so put items out of reach that the dog may be inclined to chew (shoes, childrens toys, etc.).
  • Give the dog an appropriate item to chew on, and praise them for doing so!
  • If the dog is chewing things like furniture, either spray the item with something unpleasant tasting, like bitter apple spray, or block the dog's access to the furniture.
  •  If you catch the dog in the act of chewing, redirect the dog's attention onto an appropriate chewing item.
  •  If you have a young puppy who is teething, you can soak a rag in water or low sodium chicken broth, and then freeze it for the dog to chew on- the texture will be very satisfying on their teeth, and the coldness will sooth aching gums.
  • The importance of exercise can not be overstated- if your dog is chewing out of boredom, wearing them out on a vigorous walk will go a long way towards curbing the chewing habit! 
  • For more information visit http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/how-to-solve-dog-behavioral-problems4.htm

Jumping

  • If your dog jumps on guests, you should keep the dog leashed to be able to physically prevent her from jumping- if the dog is not able to jump, she will try an alternate behaviour.
  • It is important to stay calm during this exercise- if you get agitated, it will feed into the dog's excitement!
  • Ask your guests to remain calm and boring and ignore the dog until she gives an appropriate behaviour, such as a "sit."
  • The guest can then calmly greet the dog.
  •  If the dog becomes excited and tries to jump again, the guest immediately goes back to being boring until the dog calms down again.
  • Once the dog settles, reward with attention.  For more information visit this website http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/jumping_up.html

Kids and Puppies

  • Children should not be allowed rough house and roll around on the ground with puppies- the puppy will learn that this kind of rough play is okay, and although it's cute while they are small, it can become a problem as the puppy grows and matures.
  • Instead, teach the children appropriate play, centered around some kind of toy (a thrown ball, or a soft toy dragged behind the child on a string).
  • It is also important to teach children appropriate greeting techniques when approaching strange dogs.
  • They should always ask the owner before petting a strange dog, and then stroke the dog under the chin or on the shoulder, rather than on top of the head.
  •  Children should also be discouraged from hugging or kissing strange dogs- although humans see it as a show of affection, it can be scary for dogs!  For more information visit http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Basics/Care/Puppies/Children.aspx

 

 

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