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How to Properly Kennel Train a Dog

There are a lot of things people have to remember when they start dog training. You will find a lot of different dog training techniques to try. Some of these techniques work, while others seem to work against you. With so many different aspects of training a dog, it is hard to know what technique works the best.

How would you like an easy way to kennel train your dog? There is the right way to kennel train you dog and there is the wrong way to kennel train your dog. Do you want your dog to be happy and content in his kennel? Do you want your dog safe? Of course you want a well behaved dog that is safe from harm!

The dog kennel is used for many reasons. It is used for housebreaking, to prevent destructive dog behavior, to keep your puppy safe from harm, and can be used when you travel but never as punishment!

First choose the right kennel for your dog. Kennel size is very important! The inside kennel should only be large enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down. With the right kennel size your dog will not want to soil his bed which will mean a great deal when housebreaking him. Place the kennel in a quiet area avoiding high traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways, or doorways. At night you may want to place it in the bedroom. During the day you may want to place it in the living room.

The following is the proper way to kennel train your dog:

Kennel Placement. Put the kennel in the same room that you will be relaxing in for awhile. If the dog has a favorite blanket you may put that into the kennel.

Get the dog willingly to go into the kennel. You want to entice the dog to go into the kennel on his own. To do this start a short distance from the create place a trail of very small treats leading into the back of the kennel. With the kennel door open bring your dog into the room. In a few seconds your dog will get the treats and explore the kennel. While he is in the kennel, put a few more treats in the back of the kennel. Allow him to come out on his own. Wait a few minutes then repeat this action until he is going into the kennel and not hurrying to get out. Praise the pup when he goes in.

Close the kennel. Toss a treat into the kennel. When dog has gone into the kennel, block the exit with your body after a few minutes allow him to exit. Repeat this step but close the door. Remember to praise the dog while in kennel.

Pick a phrase to use when you want the dog to go to the kennel such as “go to bed”, or “go lie down” and toss a treat to the back of the kennel. Gently block him form leaving with your body. You can give him more treats but increase the time between each treat. After the dog relaxes and lies down let him out and take a break.

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Prepare a yummy chew toy (for example fill a hollow chew toy with peanut butter). Bring the dog back in the room, say your selected phrase walking him into the kennel, give him the yummy chew toy and close the door. When he is engrossed in his prize, get up and walk around occasionally leaving his site. Open the door and allow him to exit before he finishes chewing. Praise your dog while he is in the kennel, but do not praise him as he comes out. This will teach him that the kennel is good and pleasant. Do not make a fuss when putting him or taking him out.

Slowly increase kennel time you leave him in the kennel and time that you are absent.

It is important that you never let him out of the crate while he is whining or barking. He should be completely calm before you let him out. If you let him out when he is misbehaving it teaches him that if he makes a fuss, he will be let out. If you make this mistake you may be in for many sleepless nights until the puppy decides to settle down. Instead, wait till he is quite and then greet him speaking softly (like “Hi Max.”) then open the door quietly and walk away.

Rules to remember. Don’t leave him kenneled for more time that he can hold his bladder or bowels. 3 to 4 hours is about the time a pup or dog that has never been house trained can hold it. After that period of time they need to be taken out for exercise and playtime. Be sure he has done his duty before you kennel him.

Do not use the kennel as punishment.

Bladder Control. Young puppies (4 months or less) have little bladder control. Puppies 9 weeks or younger should not be created, they usually need to eliminate 8 to 12 times a day.

Dogs safe haven. Children and other dogs should be kept away from his kennel. Remember this is his place (his territory) and he must feel safe and not frightened!

Exercise patience and understanding, but be consistent, firm, and do not give in to any misbehavior. Your dog will learn to except and be comfortable in his kennel. Practice each day and many times a day. Some dogs learn faster than others. Make it pleasant and enjoyable and you will succeed in crate training your pup.

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How to Train a Puppy – 4 Easy Tips For Beginners

There are a lot of things people have to remember when they start dog training. You will find a lot of different dog training techniques to try. Some of these techniques work, while others seem to work against you. With so many different aspects of training a dog, it is hard to know what technique works the best.

The first time you bring home your puppy; don’t expect them to be in their perfect behavior. Think of them as a kid who practically doesn’t know anything at all. It’s up to you to train them to be a well behaved puppy. Here are some tips on how to train a puppy so that they will be in their best behavior possible.

Rewards and punishments – as we already implied, your puppy should be treated like a small kid. We can compare the learning of your puppy to the reading of the kids. Since kids are in now way familiar with the words, we don’t punish them for that. In the same way, we don’t punish our puppies when they do something wrong since they don’t have a faint idea of the things introduced to them for the first time. Instead of hitting them, just say a stern NO! and remove the puppy on anything that he or she does. On the other hand, if the puppy does something you expect, give them some treats. Dogs are fast learners and will recognize the things they should do to earn more treats. Think of rewards and punishments when you’re thinking on training your puppy.

Consistency – Another important key on how to train a puppy is to stand by what we say at all times. For example, if we walk the dog and they are constantly pulling to the other direction, we stand firm on the ground and stop. You do that every time the puppy pulls excessively to one place. If you’re not consistent for example, a simple distraction will lead you to follow the dog, there wouldn’t be any discipline at all. Stand on your ground always and they will know you better and follow directions.

Get a good course – if all else fails, it’s always an option to learn how to train your puppy. There are professional courses written in an easy way to follow the lessons. With a good one you should know more than simple things on the subject. You will learn of the proper behavior of the dog. This might cost you a little bit more however, it’s a small price to pay to give to your dog if you want to have the best in life for the puppy.

Understand their behavior – this is important for potty training. The puppy once it arrives in the house doesn’t know any rules, but the puppy know if its time to poop. Without training, you can’t just expect them to poop in the right place. You have to know what time they usually go and where. If you understand their behavior and pattern, you can immediately create a plan on how to train a puppy personally on potty training.

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The "How To" of Training Your Dog to Accept the Collar and Leash

There are a lot of things people have to remember when they start dog training. You will find a lot of different dog training techniques to try. Some of these techniques work, while others seem to work against you. With so many different aspects of training a dog, it is hard to know what technique works the best.

The dog collar and the dog leash are the most important tools to train your dog in how to fit into human society. As you know not all humans are dog lovers. So it is our responsibility, as owners, to teach our dogs how to respect the human boundaries. This in turn will also teach our human friends to respect the canine as part of everyday life. This also keeps our dogs safe and secure in their surroundings as we share our everyday life, play time and travel time with them. Here are a few guidelines for training your dog to wear a collar and leash.

When your puppy is about 4 to 6 weeks old, he or she should be old enough to wear their first collar, make sure it is light weight.
At this time show the leash to him, leave it around where he can sniff and investigate it, this will let him familiarize himself with it. Attach the leash to the collar several times during this adjustment period, this will get him adjusted to the sounds it makes attaching to the dog collar, but never leave it attached during this time.
Around 10 weeks your puppy should be old enough to try attaching the dog leash for the very first walk, but never force the issue. You can try later if your puppy looks or acts scared or apprehensive. Attach the leash several times it needed to make your puppy comfortable with what you are doing. Praise and talk to your puppy as you attach the dog leash, try calling to him and use the natural instinct of your dog to come to you and start walking, coaching him along the way. As always patience is the key to success. You should give your puppy time to be comfortable with the feel of the extra weight the dog leash will add to the collar; never force the issue! Allow your puppy to pull on dog leash, when the puppy stops pulling and there is loose tension, move away a few steps, encourage our puppy to come to you, reward him with loving praise and give him a treat of choice only when he does what he is told to do. Do this several times; reinforcing what you have taught him. With repetition and encouragement every day for several weeks you will find you have a very cooperative dog on your leash.
Sometimes after your puppy is comfortable with the dog collar and dog leash, he still might pull on the leash as you are walking. If this happens, you can use a head-control harness. This is attached to the front of the collar and the underside of the chin and collar. With pressure places on the harness, it makes the dog turn its head, this gets his attention and stops him from pulling. The use of the harness can be stopped in a few weeks and the dog will walk straight. The behavioral problem will be solved..

Below are a few types of collar and leashes to consider:

Designer Dog Collars – collars that are made of either leather or nylon. They come in all colors, with colored stones, glitter and all types of designs to match your dogs personality! All designer dog collars and dog leashes are great accessories for your dogs outfits.
Dog Training Collars – these dog collars are designed for dogs that are hard to collar train. You can also get electronic dog training collars if your dog has excessive barking habits and other behavior problems while wearing the dog collar and leash.
Nylon Dog Collars – nylon dog collars and dog leashes are very tough and long lasting. They also come in in a large variety of colors.
Leather Dog Collars – these collars and leashes will also be very long lasting. They are stylish and comfortable because they become softer with use; softened by the natural oils of your dogs skin. A wonderful dog accessory!
Buckle Dog Collars – a simple stylish collar for your dog. These have easy fasten and release mechanisms.
A Break Away Dog Collar – a quick release collar that will unclasp if a strong tug is made on the collar. This is a safety feature to prevent your dog from choking if the collar is caught on something. The collar will not unclasp when it is attached to the leash.

There are many varieties of dog collars and dog leashes on the market today. Here are a few considerations:

* Always consider your dogs behavior before buying a collar.

* What is your style and favorite color, do you need a dog collar for a special event to show off your dog?

* The size of your dog, do you need a simple flat dog collar for a small dog or a wide leather collar

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