Dogs are further divided into their experience levels. So, for example, there may be competitions for 12 inches (30 cm) Novice dogs, 12 inches (30 cm) Intermediate dogs, and 12 inches (30 cm) Masters dogs. Dogs typically have to have certain numbers of successes at lower levels before they can move up to compete with more advanced dogs. Some organizations allow beginner dogs to run on-leash in some situations.
A dogs natural instincts are to eliminate away from the area in which they eat and sleep. So if a crate is small enough that they cannot possibly defecate while having enough room to sleep well away from it, a dog will ‘hold it’ as long as they possibly can. It’s this instinct we take advantage of when using a crate as an aid for house training.
When he pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes, either by your dog taking a step back or turning around to give you focus. When the leash is nicely relaxed, proceed on your walk. Repeat this as necessary.
My situation is a little different than most, as both my husband and I work from home so we have been with our puppy 24/7 since the day we got her. That is great, but it also means she hasn’t had much alone-time practice – She’s not used to completely alone at all. I would like to start working on this, so in the future I can leave her in her car crate, or at home alone (crated or free in the house if she can handle it), for short periods of time (1 – 3 hours), so I can do human things that she doesn’t need to (or can’t) come along for (getting a haircut, going out to dinner, visiting someone in the hospital when necessary, etc).
Take care of the jump up. Puppies love to jump up in greeting. Don’t reprimand him, just ignore his behavior and wait ’til he settles down before giving positive reinforcement. Never encourage jumping behavior by patting or praising your dog when he’s in a “jumping up” position. Turn your back on him and pay him no attention.
Secondly, are you leaving him with any toys to keep him occupied? I wouldn’t advise stuffed kongs inside a crate for such a young pup sadly (older ones definitely!) because it will play havoc with your house training if he isn’t fed to a schedule. But he should have some comforting toys and chew toys to occupy him.
When push comes to shove, we must train domestic dogs how not to be dogs when we invite them to live with us. The dog crate is an excellent tool for helping your canine companion understand the house rules. And if he is not yet trained to eliminate outside, the proper use of a crate will help you teach him.
Again toss the treat right past your dog’s nose. When your dog finishes eating it and turns around to come back to you, you turn your back and start walking. (Just take a few steps in the beginning.) When you dog catches up to you, but before he gets past your pant leg, click and treat. Repeat.
We have also been doing the exact same method in the car and I am so pleased to report that she hasn’t barked once in the car for about a week. Anytime I leave the car I give her a Kong or a tasty chew that she doesn’t get at any other time. When I return, I take that high value thing away. I also realized that after a long walk (to which we often drive to), I can leave her in the car in the crate sleeping for awhile (because she always falls asleep in the car-crate after our long afternoon walk). Before, I was driving home and then getting her up again and she would be tired but kind of energized again. She doesn’t know that we are ‘home’, so she can continue sleeping in there for a little while. Yesterday she slept in the car crate alone for 30 minutes, though I am sure she could have gone a bit longer.
This means buying a good crate of the correct size, a few required accessories, have a location and a crate training plan all ready before you even bring your Labrador home. This way you can start crate training as soon as possible…the younger they are, the easier it is!
Agility field right side: The right side of the same agility field showing (clockwise from foreground) the weave poles, the pause table, the A-frame, two winged jumps, the collapsed tunnel (or chute), and a wingless jump. Numbered orange plastic cones next to obstacles indicate the order in which the dog must perform them.
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