Chew On This! Crate Training for Your New Puppy
Importance of Crate Training During Puppy Training
Your new puppy is finally adjusting to it’s new surroundings, and hopefully your schedule. If you missed last weeks blog, the challenge of making the leap and the importance of setting up a puppy schedule were discussed. I can’t stress enough how much a schedule and crate training will ensure raising a confident and well adjusted puppy.
We have a great number new puppy guardians that come into K9s Only to take our Puppy 101 private session. Usually the family is at it’s witts end, exhausted and need to hire carpet cleaners to remove all the potty stains. Our dog trainers sit them down and review A-Z what they should do for the next couple of months to not only prepare them to enroll in basic obedience, but to gain some control back in their lives and raise a happy, healthy puppy.
Once you’ve mastered the schedule and have crate trained your pup you’ll need to continue the positive reinforcement you’ve established with crate training and transfer that to building the foundation of obedience. During the first few months, using treats to encourage good behavior is extremely beneficial. Teaching your dog to sit and come when called, while rewarding with treats is an easy and fun way to get the whole family involved with training and relationship building.
Leaving the house to run errands or making dinner? During the times that you can’t monitor your pup, a chew distraction to keep him busy in the crate if your gone or out of the crate if you are home is a life savor. White bones are solid marrow bones that have been thoroughly cleaned and can be filled with a hot dog piece or peanut butter and frozen. This cool treat will keep your puppy busy for at least an hour, numb his gums to alleviate that itchy feeling that forces your puppy to chew and tire him out. This treat should not be available all the time, but only when you can’t monitor him. He’ll look forward to the treat and you can go about your business knowing that your puppy is chewing on the bone and not your dining room table.