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Crate training

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Have you considered a crate for your puppy?
By nature, dogs like cosy, enclosed spaces to rest in, especially if they're feeling unsure about things.  A crate provides this safe refuge for a puppy, who can seek it out when they need to take some time out.
A crate is also a great way of teaching your puppy the boundaries of the house while keeping him safe and secure.  Crates can be made of various materials such as plastic or collapsible fabric or wire. A crate should be big enough so that your dog can stand up, turn around and lie down.                                                                                                                                                               

Have you considered a crate for your puppy?                                                                                            By nature, dogs like cosy, enclosed spaces to rest in, especially if they're feeling unsure about things.  A crate provides this safe refuge for a puppy, who can seek it out when they need to take some time out.
A crate is also a great way of teaching your puppy the boundaries of the house while keeping him safe and secure.  Crates can be made of various materials such as plastic or collapsible fabric or wire. A crate should be big enough so that your dog can stand up, turn around and lie down.                                                                                                                                                                How do I 'crate train' my puppy?
Initially, your puppy may need to be ‘crate trained’ and this should always be done in a positive way and at a pace that suits the puppy.  Ensure that the crate looks inviting and let your puppy go over and investigate it.   Use food rewards around the entrance of the crate, as well as place a few inside.  Also offer him verbal praise to encourage him to view the crate as a great place to spend time.  Don’t close the crate just yet, let the puppy enter and leave the crate as they would like.
With practice, your puppy will become more comfortable spending time in their crate and you can close the door.  If your puppy whines, ignore this behaviour and let him out as soon as he is quiet.  Slowly build up the amount of time your puppy uses their crate. 
When they are happy spending some time in the crate, you can start to use it at night.  Provide your puppy with chew toys to help him self-settle in the crate.  Remember that young puppies will need regular toilet breaks every 2 to 3 hours.  This should be done in a quiet and calm manner, so as not to signal to the puppy this is play time.  Once puppy has relieved himself, place him back in the crate to settle. 
With some practice and patience, your puppy will come to view his crate as a wonderful place.  He now has a safe place to go when he needs a rest or some time out.  A crate can come in handy for other reasons such as if your pet needs to be confined such as after surgery and makes a great portable home, and can help a pet feel settled if you go on holiday together.

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Maree is ace

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Maree is ace

Maree is ace

 

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Puppy Socialisation

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Dogs that are under socialised may become shy, fearful and sometimes even aggressive.  They may not develop the appropriate canine body language necessary to interact well with other dogs or know how to behave appropriately around people.  In contrast, puppies that have been well socialised generally grow into happy, confident dogs. Socialising your puppy involves introducing him to a whole range of new experiences including meeting different types of people, dogs, other animals, places, smells and noises.  Puppies should be introduced to new situations gently and be rewarded for calm behaviour.  Remember that socialisation should continue throughout your dog's life.                                                                 

Positive socialisation practices are a critical for your puppy Dogs that are under socialised may become shy, fearful and sometimes even aggressive. They may not develop the appropriate canine body language necessary to interact well with other dogs or know how to behave appropriately around people. In contrast, puppies that have been well socialised generally grow into happy, confident dogs. Socialising your puppy involves introducing him to a whole range of new experiences including meeting different types of people, dogs, other animals, places, smells and noises. Puppies should be introduced to new situations gently and be rewarded for calm behaviour. Remember that socialisation should continue throughout your dog's life. . Remember that until your puppy is fully protected by vaccination, they: *Should only mix with dogs whose vaccinations are fully up to date *Should not be taken to parks or areas where other dogs have toileted

Tips for choosing a Puppy School class

Puppy School training classes are a great way to start socialising and training your puppy. Here you can get good advice on basic training, puppies can meet a wide range of other puppies of all shapes and sizes, as well as different people. Puppy classes should be well structured and organized and not just a free play session for puppies as this can frighten young or less confident puppies. Off-lead play should be carefully managed and supervised with just a few puppies off lead for short periods. The trainer should use positive reinforcement training methods. In addition, class sizes should be limited to no more than 10 puppies.
Veterinarians can often recommend where to find good puppy classes, and a local veterinary clinic may well run one.
Socialising with other animals Socialisation is not simply a matter of letting your puppy play with other dogs.
It is very important that you select the dogs that you allow your puppy to interact with and supervise play sessions making sure all dogs involved are behaving appropriately. As your puppy’s guardian you must supervise these play sessions and make sure there is no bullying occurring either by your puppy or to him. If either situation is occurring simply end the play session and try again another day. Take care when introducing your dog to other dogs while on the leash. Often people allow their dogs to jump all over another dog while they stand there chatting. The best way to introduce dogs on leash is to allow them to approach side on, have a quick sniff and step back for a moment. Reward your dog for this brief but friendly interaction and have him sit or wait patiently beside you. Introduce your puppy to other animals such as cats at an early age. To a small puppy, an adult cat may be very terrifying, so supervise these meetings to make sure they are positive encounters for both your puppy and the other animal.

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Christmas

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Die Hard is a Christmas movie

Die Hard is a Christmas movie

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