When the crate doors are open, don’t discourage them from going into the same crate. By all means let them go in and sleep and chill out together. There’s nothing wrong in that, it’s entirely up to them…as long as the crate doors are open there is a way out should one need it.
My 7 year old toy poodle has become totally blind. She has always been free in the house and slept with me. Now she is afraid of being alone. She no longer is safe with run of the house when we’re away. She’s not crazy about toys or treats. Can she be crate trained and still sleep with me? I like to travel and would love to take her with me but that would require her being crated for certain periods of time without barking and crying. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
It took about 8 sessions to just to exit the garage door onto the driveway. But we did it! With lots of short sessions we are now up to a loop of about 3 square blocks. I try to make sure that I have allot of treats for the return trip back home. He seems to know when we have made the turn and heading toward home. He would make many attempts to rush ahead. I had to go back to one step, then, eye contact, then cnt.
The key to the pause table is to get your dog to like the table, not jumping off. He will need to sit and stay on it for 5 seconds, and to a dog who was enjoying a fast run, the table can be an unwelcome interruption. Start by lowering the table as much as you can. Run with your dog up to the table (holding his leash) and when you get to the table, say “table” or another word (just not the same word you use for a jump) and tap the table. When your dog jumps up, give him a treat. Spend about 5-10 loving on him. Then repeat a few times. Then you are ready to teach him to sit on the table and give the treat then. Don’t release your dog immediately. Count out 5 seconds then say “okay!” or “let’s go!” then lead him off. Don’t treat him when he jumps off the table. You want him to love the table, so he doesn’t “slide off” when arriving to it. You will also want to teach your dog to lie down on the table as well. The organizations have different rules on this, including AKC, whose judges will surprise you with one or the other at a trial. Eventually when your dog successfully stays on the table for 5 seconds, practice walking away from your dog, standing farther and farther away from the table as you count to 5. You can release your dog from wherever you are standing. This will give you a “lead-out” to the next obstacle.
Does he bark if you leave him alone in a room while you’re still in the house? I don’t know where he has come from before going to you, but it may be he’s spent no time alone in his life yet and needs to be shown that being alone is OK, is not permanent, and that quiet is a good idea. He’s not old enough yet to have developed ingrained habits that are hard to break, so you should be able to tackle the problem quite easily.
When you are introducing your dog to her crate, you want it to be a fun experience. Never use the crate for punishment, and try to avoid making a big deal about greeting your puppy when you return, or about goodbyes when you crate her. It’s hard. Dogs — especially puppies — are adorable and we miss them, but creating a big emotional experience out of leaving/returning will make it much more difficult for your dog to adjust to the crate.
Labradors are widely known for having an excellent temperament and being loving and patient around children, but keeping a small child and dog apart is as much for the dogs safety as it is for the child.
Using a crate will help you predict when your dog needs to eliminate and control where she eliminates. If she’s been crated overnight or for a few hours during the day, the chances are extremely high that she’ll eliminate as soon as you release her from the crate and take her outside. So, with the crate’s help, you can prevent your dog from eliminating indoors and have a chance to reward her for going in the right place-outside. For more information about house training your dog, please see one of our articles, House Training Your Puppy or House Training Your Adult Dog.
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3. Reward her with longer walks. Once your pup is able to go on these one-step walks without pulling, you can start taking two steps. When your pup’s mastered two steps without pulling, move on to three steps, and so on. Eventually you should be able to walk together with a loose leash, and the pup will sit or lie down when you stop.
With the exception of night times and one-off exceptional circumstances, you should avoid crating your dog for more than 5 hours at a time, and the frequency of this should be kept to an absolute minimum.
After introducing your dog to the crate, begin feeding him his regular meals near the crate. This will create a pleasant association with the crate. If your dog is readily entering the crate when you begin Step 2, put the food dish all the way at the back of the crate. If your dog is still reluctant to enter the crate, put the dish only as far inside as he will readily go without becoming fearful or anxious. Each time you feed him, place the dish a little further back in the crate.
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As your dog gets better and you can now walk quite a distance without forging and pulling, don’t fail to reward intermittently. For your dog to walk without pulling he has to believe (because you rewarded him) that there is a better chance of good things near you than in the wide world. Use the long line if you have to control your dog and are not taking a walk. Remember, if you never let the leash get tight, your dog won’t learn that he can pull you. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him or you!
I live in a house with 7 dogs. Mine and her sister who is 2 years older, live with my room mates and I upstairs while 5 smaller dogs live downstairs. Whenever the smaller dogs come out to go outside, my dog immediately charges to the door they come out of and stands there showing obvious aggressive behavior. She is met all 5 dogs before and got along them well. But despite that, she still acts this way whenever they come out. Its getting really old and annoying. We have to pry her away from the door to let them out. Its been months and nothing has helped. I don’t know how to curb it.
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Because she can’t yet use her crate, your new puppy or untrained adult dog will also need her own space in your house where she can’t hurt herself or damage your belongings. Set up a safe, clean dog zone in your kitchen, laundry room, or mud room, or other easy-to-clean area. Pick up objects she can reach, and make the space comfortable for her: in other words, dog-proof the room. Use a dog gate to separate her from the rest of your house.
When crate training a puppy is it ok to allow the puppy to take naps outside the cage? It seems that as a puppy he is falling asleep every couple hours (specially if we exercise). When I go to sleep or out I do put him in the crate (he cries for several minutes but then stops) but when I am home I find him him napping outside his crate.