Dismissing “Unkind” Puppy Training Myths & Methodologies

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-18-2019) #623: Featuring Linda Case, Tabitha Bell, and Kelsea Brown. Linda Case, the author of DOG SMART: EVIDENCE-BASED TRAINING WITH THE SCIENCE DOG, dismisses “unkind” training myths and methodologies like forcing dogs to use a crates, or bad advice like not to comfort an anxious dog; Stanford student Tabitha Bell […]

Puppy Training means Crate training — It Makes it Easy Peasy

Puppy training means Crate training — It Makes it Easy Peasy Diane in New Richmond, Ohio wrote to ask for my insight into her puppy’s house training problem, saying: “We are at our wits’ end. My husband is about ready to put an ad in the paper! I need to stop this before it gets […]

Puppy Crate Training — Look On The Positive Side!

Six Ways to Create Positive Associations with the Crate. 1) Put a Halo Liv-a-Little treat into the middle of the crate and say “In your house” in a high cheery voice to train her to go in happily. 2) Give the puppy lots of praise for going in the crate. Never put the pup in […]

Puppy Crate Training — How Long Can She Hold It?

The first thing to know about house training a puppy is that she does not physically have control over her muscles of elimination before she reaches four months of age. However, that is a general rule of thumb and puppies do vary in the development of their self-control so you have to watch your little […]

More Advice For Training A Puppy To Like Her Crate

Seven Tips to Make the Crate More Welcoming 1) Wrap a hot-water bottle with a big towel. Warmth can feel cozy and like the litter she recently left. 2) When you first get your puppy, make sure you ask for a piece of bedding she as on with her Mom and litter-mates so you can […]

Puppy Crate Training Advice: First Prepare Crate for Smooth Arrival

First off, adjust your own thinking so that you do not view a crate as “puppy jail” and feel sorry for the puppy being in a crate. Part of learning how to train a puppy is understanding her point of view: she feels protected in the crate, it is her own special place. It’s essential […]

Crate Training a Puppy

Because I know quite a few lucky families that got new puppies over the holidays, for the next few weeks I am going to write about all the aspects of using crate training as a foundation of puppy training. Crate training teaches a puppy where to eliminate — the first thing he has to learn […]

Cures For Common Puppy Misbehavior

CURES FOR COMMON PUPPY MISBEHAVIOR Preventing Puppy Aggressiveness (Note: the following comments refer to puppies only. Aggression issues with grown dogs are best handled by an experienced trainer.) Neuter your puppy. The most frequent dogfights happen to young, intact (which means not neutered) males. Simple solution: neuter your dog at six months of age. If […]