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A crate is used to confine a puppy when you are unable to supervise him. If your puppy is given enough time to , it may become one of his favorite spots. Crates allow you to prevent your puppy from developing bad habits, like inappropriate chewing or soiling.
for housebreaking. Most dogs will not relieve themselves in the same place that they sleep. If your dog is crated when he isn’t outside with you or under your supervision in your house, chances are he will never develop the habit of going potty indoors.
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A puppy shouldn’t be kept in his crate for more than a few hours at a time. Even when you are home to supervise him, however, he shouldn’t have the run of the house right away. There are too many things in a house for a puppy to chew on, hide under, or get harmed by. Confining him to a kitchen or another small room with a door or baby gate can go a long way in preventing your puppy from developing bad habits.
Remember, a puppy who gets the opportunity to do something he finds enjoyable, , is more likely to repeat the behavior. Confinement keeps him from getting these opportunities.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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. This probably isn’t news to many people, especially those with a new puppy at home. Rather than trying to prevent a puppy from chewing, it’s important you teach him which things are appropriate chew toys.
Confinement is one of the tools in your arsenal when it comes to chew-training. It allows you to prevent your puppy from having the opportunity to chew on furniture, shoes, toys, or anything else you don’t want him to have.
Redirecting him to is another part of chew training. It’s not enough to tell your dog no when he picks up something you don’t want him to have. Instead, you need to redirect him to something he can have, such as a or a Kong.
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Bite inhibition is an important part of puppy training. It involves teaching your puppy to use his teeth gently. Begin teaching him bite inhibition by allowing him to use his mouth when you are playing with him, but end play if he uses his teeth too hard. Once your puppy learns that the fun stops when he bites too hard, you should begin to see him using his mouth much more gently.
Bite inhibition is important because it keeps you safe from those needle-like puppy teeth. It also helps prevent a serious bite from occurring when your puppy grows into adulthood. Should he ever feel the need to use his teeth to defend himself, teaching your can mean the difference between a harmless nip and a serious bite.
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Puppies respond well to positive reinforcement methods of training, rather than punishment. It’s easy to get your puppy to repeat the behaviors you like by . By ignoring or redirecting your puppy when he misbehaves and rewarding the good behaviors, your puppy will soon be offering good behavior.
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Puppies are able to start working on basic obedience as soon as you bring them home. Use positive reinforcement to start working on basic dog training commands, and soon your puppy will be able to , , and on command. These basic commands will go a long way in helping your puppy grow .Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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When you are training puppies, you have the ability to teach them good behavior before they begin to develop some of the more common behavior problems. Start off on the right foot by providing your puppy with lots of interesting toys, exercise, and training. A puppy left to find his own source of entertainment is more likely to engage in inappropriate behaviors.
You can also use commands to prevent common dog behavior problems. For instance, you can ask your puppy to sit rather than allowing him to jump up when you walk through the door. By teaching your puppy appropriate behaviors, you can prevent many of the most common behavior problems.
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