Announcement: Crate Training Tips for New Dogs

Anytime your new dog or puppy is in your house and not in your yard behind an invisible fence system, she needs to be house trained for your family’s sanitation needs. Crate training your pet provides the quickest – and cleanest – way to make that possible.

Make sure and purchase a crate that is large enough for your puppy or dog to stand up, turn around, and sleep in comfortably. Particularly with younger, more active dogs, the ability to move around during crate time keeps their minds alert and developing muscles tuned. Note that a crate that is too large for your dog allows her to eliminate in the kennel away from her bedding and water and contradicts the entire purpose of crate training.

 You will want to line the crate with old newspapers to absorb any “accidents.” Use only the black newsprint – not the slick ad pages – because newsprint absorbs water, while colored print pages do not.

Give your pet a doggy bed or a pile of old blankets or towels to lie on while she’s in the kennel. You might also want to throw in some of her favorite toys to keep her occupied while she’s there.

If she’s only going to be in the crate a short time – maybe an hour or two – you don’t need to leave her any water. A longer stay requires that she have a full water bowl to keep from getting dehydrated. Placing several ice cubes in the bowl so that she can lick them as they melt helps in preventing spills.

Knowing the approximate age of your dog tells you how long you can leave her in the crate. The American Animal Hospital Association states that puppies should only be kenneled for one hour per month of life. That means a 2-month-old dog should only be crated for two hours at a stretch. Adult dogs that have already been house-trained can stay up to 8 hours comfortably, providing they have adequate water.

Take your dog or puppy outside immediately before she goes in the crate and immediately after she gets out. Praise and pet her when she eliminates outside both times. Consistently doing this teaches her not to “potty” in the house, and to wait until she’s outside to “go.” If you allow her to walk around the house after she gets out of the crate, you need to expect accidents.

Remember, accidents will happen regardless of crate training. Don’t spank your pet with a newspaper or “rub her nose in it.” This only serves to make her fearful and possibly aggressive. Being kind and consistent with any training method teaches her good manners and makes her your loving companion for life.

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dog-think.com – (free guide) I had a friend do this video for me. I hope you like it! There is a free dog obedience training guide at the link above that will show you how to start training your dog the right way. It should give you a great start to learning how to train your dog the correct way and make sure you don’t make any mistakes. Dog obedience training isn’t rocket surgery, but you need to know the right way to proceed if you want it to work. You need to know how your dog thinks in order to get him or her to behave as a good member of your household – and you want to be able to do that without ever yelling at or hitting your dog. This guide is all about positive reinforcement training and it should give you a good start on effective dog obedience training.
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Q&A: How to get my puppy to chew on everything?

Question by Mesha: How to get my puppy to chew on everything?
My puppy is 8 month old and he is chewing up EVERYTHING! I mean literally EVERYTHING!
If it’s my chair and table legs, my cabinets, his stuffed toys are completely destroyed and ripped apart, paper, everything he get’s in his mouth and what’s most annoying all my sons toys! What i can keep away and out of reach i will but some things i just can’t.
I try having a serious voice or yelling but he just thinks it a game or so. I also tried to give him his “own toy box” but he didn’t like that very much.

Anybody got any suggestions for me on what to do?
thank you so much

Best answer:

Answer by goodmom
Your puppy only thinks you are insane when you yell. He is doing what puppies do, he is chewing because he is teething. He does not want toys. He wants something hard to chew on to help the teeth break thru the gums. Freeze a nylabone, get rawhide, raw beef bones, but please give that puppy something to chew on.

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Question by Florida w/ Questions: When, exactly, is a dog a “dog,” and no longer a puppy?
While doing some online shopping on pet store web sites last night, we were looking at vitamins and trying to figure out which ones to buy. We found lots for puppies and lots for seniors and lots for just “dogs.” Which we took to mean dogs of average age. And the experience got us wondering if our babies are still puppies or if they are now “dogs.”

Does anyone know when a puppy is no longer a pup and has reached dog-hood? Our mini-Yorkie sisters are 14 months old.

Thanks!

(I can talk about them all day, and then some, if you couldn’t tell)

Best answer:

Answer by jay the unseen
about 2-3 years is when they stop growing and become an adult dog….as they still may act like a puppy they are older

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he’s not there anymore :(

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Cattle Dog x Kelpie Puppy available for adoption from Dog Rescue Newcastle

Cody is a cattle dog/kelpie mix puppy available for adoption from Dog Rescue Newcastle. Cody and his brother were born on approximately 3 December 2012. For more information please read this dog’s full profile on the www.DogRescueNewcastle.com.au website (Australia)
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More dogs available for adoption from Dog Rescue Newcastle www.dogrescuenewcastle.com.au. Brandy is 6 months old, friendly, housetrained, clever, submissive and highly trainable. For more info Brandy or our other rescued pets available for adoption, visit our website or ring Sue on 0415-367-144 or 02-4954-2234. Dog Rescue Newcastle http is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation. Our adoption fee covers the dog’s desexing, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping, and lifetime registration.
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