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Puppies and Crates →

burgermeistermeisterburger-meow:

oogleboogleoogle:

Spoke too soon.. he’s back to the god-awful ear-splitting SCREAMING

Edit: put a worn shirt in there to see if it helps… hope so because I’m about ready to strangle him (not really) if he doesn’t knock that off stat.

That’s the worst…

Crate training Helo as a puppy was the worst part. Just the excruciating cries alone would drive me insane! And he was relentless, too. He would whine for hours straight. You really have to learn patience during this time! That’s why it was so tough for me, as I’m not really a very patient person sometimes. I just tried to ignore him as much as possible.

Covering his kennel helped quite a bit, but it didn’t end the whining. After several weeks, Helo stopped whining. At 2 years old now, he loves his crate and runs into it eagerly. It’s where he sleeps during the day, and also where he eats. I also give him high value treats in his crate, like raw bones which can be a little messy (it’s easier to clean the crate pans than the carpet after all). So he associates his crate with good experiences, rather than bad experiences.

My advice for crating puppies is 1.) ignore them as if they weren’t there, 2.) under no circumstances do you let the puppy out of the crate if the puppy is whining, 3.) try covering the crate, 4.) move the crate to a less frequented part of the house so that the puppy can’t see you, 5.) make every experience going in or out of the kennel as positive and rewarding as possible, and 6.) provide enrichment in the form of safe toys and chews (treat dispensers like the Kong were my favorite choice and helped preoccupy Helo’s mind while he was in his crate).

In my experience, Helo was more likely to whine if he knew I was around. I tried crating in the living room where I could keep an eye on him, and I tried the bedroom where he could sleep near me (I wanted him to get used to his crate early on before letting him sleep on the bed). But it wasn’t until I moved him to the spare bedroom that he really settled down in his crate.

Crate Training Problems

dougie-poynter:

Has anyone on here successfully crate trained their dog? If so hit me up. We’re having whining/crying issues

Yes, anyone who has crate trained correctly has had success. :D 

First, how did you introduce your dog to it’s crate? Be sure to make your dog’s crate a positive thing. Don’t put the dog in the crate to punish him or anything like that because then he’s never going to want to go into his crate because he will associate the crate with negative feelings. I usually throw a treat or toy into the crate and let my dogs go into the crate on their own. When they go into the crate, I praise them. There are other methods, including lots of different “crate games” that make crate training so much easier. But I wasn’t aware of crate games when I was introducing my dogs to their crates. It was shortly after I had already started crating that a friend on Tumblr told me about crate games. You can search for “how to introduce a puppy to a crate,” or “crate games,” on YouTube to see visual demonstrations.

When my adult dog was introduced to a crate, she handled it very well. No whining at all, though she hates her crate. When I brought a puppy into the household, crate training was a lot different. Helo whined and whined so much that I was nearly ripping my hair out just trying to blog about how awful he was being! It was really that bad! But, I knew what I had to do. When your puppy is whining relentlessly in it’s crate, ignore it. If the puppy doesn’t stop whining despite you ignoring it, then get up and leave the room. I had to do this several times before Helo realized that whining resulted in NO ATTENTION AT ALL. Occasionally I also covered his crate with a blanket, but be careful doing this because some puppies will pull their blanket into the crate and try to chew it up.

After a couple of weeks of nonstop whining, Helo eventually gave in. Now he loves his crate and lays in it willingly with the door open. His crate is a safe place, not a place for punishment.

Even though the whining can get extremely annoying, DO NOT yell at the dog, hit the dog’s crate, or let the dog out of the crate to make it stop whining. None of these methods will solve the problem, and in fact, they will only prolong the whining! So do not, under any circumstance, do any of those things while you’re dog is whining in it’s crate. The BIGGEST mistake people often make is let the dog out of the crate to make it stop whining, and this is usually why it takes longer to get a puppy used to their crate. If you let the puppy out while he’s whining in his crate, you are rewarding him for whining and therefore he will learn that whining = being let out of the crate, and is likely to whine next time you put him in his crate. 

(Source: poynterlynch)

gingersezroar asked: How do you get a puppy to stop going to the bathroom in it’s kennel?

By taking the puppy outside for frequent potty breaks. Puppies can’t control their bladder like adult dogs. They should be taken outside very often throughout the day until they are able to hold their bladder for longer periods of time. Usually when potty training, people will take the puppy out every 15 minutes, and gradually increase the duration between potty breaks. So you’d start taking the puppy out every 15 minutes, then every 30 minutes, then every hour, etc. until the puppy learns to hold their bladder longer. If you have to go to work and are unable to let the puppy outside for several hours, you may have accidents. Don’t scold the puppy. Just work on the potty breaks when you’re home and soon enough they will be able to hold it while you’re at work. In the meantime, remember to let your puppy out for a potty break as soon as you get home if you’ve been gone for awhile!

(Source: gingersezroar)

growingupwonderdog:

Bruce broke his bowl, because he’s a dick and chews on things on the top of his kennel. He pulled on the towel and his bowl fell off, and since it was ceramic it shattered. Not even 10 am and the day already sucks. At least we have an extra one he can use, even though it’s beat up as hell.

Aww don’t be so negative about it! I highly doubt Bruce broke the bowl on purpose. It’s always safe to suggest NEVER leaving anything on top of a crate because the dogs WILL get bored and try to get to it. I can’t leave any clothes or towels near the crates or Sammy will drag them into her crate and lay on them (I can’t leave beds and blankets in her crate because she always destroys them). If I leave any bags or paper near Helo’s crate, he’ll drag them into his crate and chew them into tiny little pieces so I have to then climb into his crate and clean up all the little pieces! I get annoyed, but I can’t blame the dogs since I know better than to leave stuff lying on or near their crates.

Crate Training Anya →

thegood-morrow:

I’m working on crate training Anya.  Tonight I’m going to have to leave her while I’m at work from 4-12:30, so I have her in there now with the bedroom door closed and me in the living room.  I’m trying to see how long she goes before she gives up and stops whining… so far it’s been about 15-20 minutes and she has slowed down but is still whining every once in a while.  I need her to get better at this.  She’s doing so well with every other aspect of living here, I just need her to stop whining…

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Either way, if she’s whining there isn’t much you can really do to stop the whining except to ignore her. Eventually she’ll learn that being in a crate isn’t so bad. My German Shorthaired Pointer is very vocal. When he was just several weeks old, he whined relentlessly in his crate. It took weeks of excruciating whining before he finally settled down. Now he eagerly goes into his crate without even being asked to do so.

Some things that might help Anya feel more comfortable in her crate is by covering the crate with a crate cover or a blanket (make sure it’s a blanket you don’t mind getting ruined, sometimes they’ll get a hold of the blanket, pull it into the crate, and chew on it).

You can also provide something for her to chew on. Bully sticks are great, but they’re also fattening so you don’t want to give your dog too many of them in a short period of time. They also don’t last very long. The best chew, in my opinion, is an antler. You can get them cheaper online than in the pet store, and your dog will hardly put a dent in it. They are the only truly long-lasting chew I know of.

Kongs stuffied with goodies are another great option, but they don’t last very long. It helps to provide a variety of things to do, so maybe try all of these options at once to help take Anya’s mind off of being in her crate while you’re away. Be patient with her. She’ll relax in time.

List of Dog Blogs on Tumblr

So I’ve moved my list of dog blogs on Tumblr from a post to a page. Check it out! If you know of any dog blogs that aren’t on the list, please let me know! I’m happy to add any dog blogs I come across. The only rule is that they must be separate from personal blogs - they should contain a majority of posts or pictures of the blogger’s own dog(s).

It’s very time consuming to keep up on the list, so if you find any broken links please let me know so that I can try to fix them. Whenever a blogger changes the URL of their dog blog, I need to know about it in order to keep that blog on the list. Otherwise the links will redirect people to the original URL which is no longer in use. Feel free to share the list on your own blog. It’s fun to find other dog blogs to follow! I’ve organized the list by breed so that people can meet other bloggers with the same kind of dog(s).

Helo is a Good Boy

I’ve been hanging out on Tumblr all morning. I haven’t eaten yet and it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon! I’m thinking about taking Sam and Helo for a ride to pick up some fast food. They are being so good today. Sammy is laying under my feet in the living room, and Helo is laying by the window with both of the large antlers I got for them at the Fall Festival last month.

I haven’t really mentioned it, but Helo has been behaving so good lately. Even around my roommate! He still goes nuts when he sees my roommate, but he’s getting a lot better about not jumping on him. He also hasn’t had an accident in the house in awhile. He hasn’t really had the opportunity, though. I’ve been keeping him leashed indoors to keep him from having an accident out of sight. He seems to only want to do it down in my roommate’s room, where he can hide from me!

Helo drives me nuts with that. As a puppy, he never had accidents for the first couple of months. And then he had a couple of accidents in one month. After that, he was fine again. But in the last several months, he has gone a few times. And although it hasn’t been much, it’s still not acceptable. He knows better. So I started keeping him on a leash inside the house so that he wouldn’t have the chance to run downstairs and use the bathroom.

Lately, I have been giving him longer periods off the leash so that he can run around with Sammy. But I’ll probably continue the leash exercise for a few more months, increasing the amount of time he gets off the leash until he can be fully trusted again. I’ve also been working on his training, and bonding more with him and it has really improved his attitude. It’s slowly becoming more noticeable, especially his behavior towards my roommate. 

In the Spring, we’ll go to Merrimac and before you know it, we might finally start doing rally!

Dog Crates are NOT Cruel

Many people seem to have something against dog crates. Sure, I agree that dogs shouldn’t spend their lives locked in cages. However, using a crate doesn’t mean the dog is being locked up inhumanely, or mistreated. As long as the dog isn’t locked in the crate all day, with no interaction, exercise, play, training, or time outside of the crate, it is perfectly okay to crate them. I don’t think it’s cruel at all to crate a dog whenever you leave the house, whether you’ve gone to run some quick errands or had to go to work.

Crating is for the dog’s safety, but it is definitely something that shouldn’t be taken advantage of. Some people put their dogs in crates and just leave them there. This is improper use of a dog crate! Even with well behaved dogs, crating can protect them. My Aussie, for example, is very well mannered. However, she destroyed my cell phone today. She literally picked up off of the coffee table and chewed it to pieces! Something she has never done in the past (she doesn’t even chew her own toys).

Some dogs have been known to get into the trash and eat things that could potentially be harmful to them. As a child, my parent’s had a Rat Terrier who would get on the coffee table when we weren’t home, and she would take Hershey’s kisses out of the candy jar. She would literally lay under the dining room table and unwrap the Hershey kisses. That dog ate so much chocolate, it was a wonder she never got sick!

As an adult now, my household is very dog-proof and I’m extremely strict with the canine rules around here. No jumping on the furniture and no table scraps. But when I’m not home, I know Sammy likes to lay on the couch, Motley likes to drink out of the toilet, and Helo likes to surf the counter tops. Dogs will be dogs. They will follow their noses! I just can’t imagine what my house is like whenever I leave all three unsupervised.

People can try to tell me that I’m a cruel pet owner because I crate my dogs (which I haven’t in a very long time since I work from home). But I’m going to start doing it again soon, especially when I get a new part-time job. I am a supporter of dog crates, if used appropriately, and I’m not afraid to admit it!

Started Urinating in the House

I haven’t posted in awhile! Sorry guys! My mind has been focused on other things. Recently Helo has started urinating in the house. We’ve had him for almost three months and during the last two months there has not been a single accident. I was proud of this. It’s not difficult to housebreak a puppy as long as you take him out frequently… Well nothing has changed with his potty routine. I take him out as often as possible, and even sooner when he plays or naps. Despite this, he has peed in the house three times in two days. Yesterday I figured he must have not fully emptied his bladder, so today I made sure he did. Sure enough, he went out and peed (he still squats like a girl). Then he came back up to the porch to be let inside. I didn’t let him in - instead I looked at him. A moment later, he ran back off of the porch and peed (this time, longer). Then I let him inside.

I always take him out right after he naps (even if it’s a short nap), and sometimes I’ll interrupt his playtime with the other dogs for a potty break. Then again immediately after play time. When he’s not playing or sleeping, I take him out at least every thirty minutes (which is a lot considering he should be able to hold it at least two hours). Despite all this, he walks over to the television and squats. Thank God he isn’t cocking his leg yet…

Anyway, if this keeps up I don’t know what I’ll do. I take him out more than enough every day based on his activity and how much he eats or drinks. I crate him when I’m not home, sleeping, or cannot supervise him. He has gotten a lot better in his crate and will walk into it willingly to nap. He has become increasingly vocal, but not for being confined to his crate - it’s just a pointer thing! The only time he barks in his crate is when I get home from running errands or when he has to go to the bathroom (usually in the morning when he’s been holding it for several hours). 

What are some tips I may not be utilizing to prevent anymore peeing in the house? I’m already taking him out as frequently as possible, and sometimes I leash him so he stays where I can monitor him. Whenever he starts sniffing around, I take him out just to be on the safe side. He knows what “go potty” means, and I praise him a lot when he goes to the bathroom outside. When he peed in the house today and yesterday, I immediately grabbed him and put him outside so he could do his business while I tried to get the urine out of my carpet. I don’t want my carpet to start smelling. It’s times like this when I wish I had hardwood or laminate flooring.

What are some carpet cleaning solutions you guys have for dog urine? We have a Rug Doctor and I’ve been using Simple Solution carpet shampoo… I’ve heard amazing things about both Simple Solution and Nature’s Miracle, but never really paid any attention to the details since it’s not often I have to worry about dogs peeing on my floors. I’ve had Simple Solution sitting around in case Sam or Motley vomit on the floor. Sammy has a sensitive stomach and used to throw up a lot before I switched her diet, and Motley sometimes struggles with random submissive urination (we’ve managed to come up with techniques to prevent accidents and if we think she’s going to submissively urinate, we make sure she’s on the laminate flooring in the kitchen, dining room, or front door walkway. 

Three Weeks Later…

We brought our pointer puppy home on January 4, 2012. Over the course of the last three weeks we managed to accomplish a lot.

  1. Introducing Helo to the crate was easy, but leaving him in it was the hard part. He whined all night, even despite our efforts to try different techniques to help him through the process. After two weeks, he finally decided to accept being left in his crate. From time to time he still whines a little, but usually because he’s trying to tell us that he’s hungry, thirsty, bored, or has to go potty.
  2. Potty training has been a huge success. He is now eleven weeks old and still hasn’t had an accident in the house. I believe this is partly because he’s under constant supervision when running around in the house with our other dogs, and whenever it’s time to settle down I put him on a leash so that he stays in sight. I started off with taking him outside every 20-30 minutes, and gradually increased his wait period and now take him out usually every 2 hours. If he’s been playing a lot, I take him out more frequently.
  3. He seems to be growing very attached to me and is eager to please. So far he has learned how to sit, come here, lay down, off, wait, stay, and is released with the “okay” command. I don’t spend as much time as I should be with training, but enough to teach him the basic commands and enforce them on a daily basis. He’s also working on his manners as far as jumping, pulling, and biting goes. The jumping is minor for now, but we’re nipping it in the butt immediately so that it doesn’t evolve into a horrible habit later on. He’s going to be a big boy and we don’t want him knocking people down! The play biting is also going pretty well. He is learning not to teeth on human appendages, slowly but surely! He is learning what objects are appropriate to chew on.
  4. We haven’t practiced very much loose leash walking. He spends quit a bit of time on a leash and whenever I do walk around with him, I correct his pulling by using the most common techniques. I think I’ll start teaching him the heel command. This would probably help tremendously with loose leash walking. If we can get him to learn how to walk beside me on command, we might not ever have to resort to training tools like the Gentle Leader or prong collar. I’m not opposed to using these tools because I use prong collars with my other dogs, but it’s an interesting goal to have. Think it’ll work?
  5. Helo has gotten his first set of DHPP. The people that have his mother said that each puppy in the litter had gotten their first set of shots, had their dewclaws removed, and their tails docked. The physical attributes are obvious but I never received any vet records regarding the shots, so just to be safe he got a set of DHPP on January 14. He’s due for his next set on February 4, and then we’ll be able to take him on walks. I’m eager to take him to the beach, and the bark park!

Overall Helo has been an amazing puppy. I feel so fortunate to have these incredible dogs in my life. Sammy was already well mannered when she came into my life. She understood a few basic commands, but learned new tricks very easily. She was housebroken and had always been trusted off leash, so her recall is really good. Motley, too, was well taken care of in her previous household.

When I adopted her at nine months old, I hardly had an issue with jumping or pulling, and her energy was not at all overwhelming like you would have imagined. She knew some basic commands like sit, but took to training like it was second nature. The only problem we had with Motley was the housebreaking. She was used to letting herself out via doggy door whenever she desired, but in my house she had to get used to being let out whenever I allowed it. She still has accidents from time to time. Submissive urination doesn’t exactly help, but overall my dogs have been the most amazing companions.

I’m so fortunate that my dogs get a long well with each other, and even other dogs. They love to go to the park (almost as much as I do), or anywhere they can run around with other dogs. Training seems to come so easily with my dogs, and they each seem willing and content to listen to me. They have just the right amount of affection and loyalty, and bring such an incredible amount of happiness to my life.