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Old 05-27-2011, 07:33 PM   #916
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beyond cute! So adorable! And the dog has the same name as my girl..

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So, hello. I am considering (read: have decided upon) a new puppy. As long as the landlord approves, we will be welcoming a new Lab/Beagle into our home tomorrow. Here's our question, because personally, I've never been had a puppy and been old enough to care for one. If he is already housebroken, does he need to be crate trained? Does he even need to be crate trained if he's 5 1/2 months old? Is that too late to do it? Is it necessary even if he IS house broken? I mean, I assume it's going to take time to get him re-acclimated since he'll be in a new environment (any advice there?), but I want to make the transition as soon as humanly possible.


Any and all advice (even if it might not be a question I asked above) would be more than welcome.

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For me, crate training is an absolute must. For one, my dogs all ride in crates in vehicles. I wouldn't set a child in a vehicle unrestrained and I won't allow dogs to ride unrestrained either. My old car couldn't fit a crate so I had one of those barriers. One day some a-hole cut me off and I had to brake so hard that without the barrier, Kenya would have gone through the windshield doing serious damage to herself and possibly me. Second, if there was ever a time where the dog was ill or injured (or something happened to you and the dog needed to be confined while arrangements are made), it is best the dog is already acclimated to a crate and does not have panic attacks being shut in a crate for the first time. Third, my dogs are dogs they do not run the show at my house and don't automatically get free reign. They earn privileges like being left out while I'm at work or having access to certain areas and furniture. I need crates for my own sanity so that I can get stuff done without worrying about who is chewing what or if they are licking the chemicals while I'm trying to clean or walking through my wet paint. Fourth, most of my friends and family are not dog people. Many simply do not like dogs, or are afraid, or allergic. Out of respect for them, I confine my dogs while we have invited company (drop by unannounced and I won't necessarily shut the dogs away). Again, it's best for the dog to be accustomed to the crate and view it as a nice, safe, relaxing place than not ever use one and have to shut the dog away for the first time and find out the dog will panic or have separation anxiety. All of my dogs are house broken and all of them are crate trained.
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Thanks for the advice Lies .

Well, we are a go! Going to get her in about an hour or so. Soon as my mother returns my vehicle to me, which she borrowed yesterday.

Also found a crate with food dish, water dish, leash and some food (we'll see about whether I use this or not) for $20, so...sweet.
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Awesome! I was going to say, you can get cheap crates on Craigslist. If your puppy ends up being one of the very few that are perfect (no potty issues, no chewing, no separation anxiety) then at least you have it on hand for any emergencies. If the dog is potty trained, you may want to still treat it as if it is not. They often need a refresher when in a new environment, especially with new owners. We moved when Pan was 6 months and I made the mistake of giving him the same freedom he had at the old house and he had three accidents. My bad.

If you need any dog food advice you know where to find me, although I can't give out any more advice without pictures first!
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:28 PM   #922
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This is my dog. I smudged out the phone number on his tag, so that's why it looks a little weird.



He's not always outside, but we have a pen for him so he can be out there when the weather is nice.
He's a cutie - reminds me of my black & tan, Ringo (a min-pin mix).
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what a cutie!

What does Bowie think of his new roommate?
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Oh...he....he was so pleased....
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Oh this is just wonderful. It took her all of a minute of coaxing before she went in the crate and ate her food. I was going to take her out after a few minutes, but she fell asleep. I don't know if I should just leave her in here or not..
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Cute! If she goes in and stays in I would leave her in. If you plan to use the crate, that will reinforce that it is a nice, safe place to be. Mine will often go in when they are tired and want to take a nap alone. Basically it's their den.

My Pan turned 9 months yesterday
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I love that my dogs go from this....


...to this



One more time....this...


...to this
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fabulous pics Liesje - your dogs are incredible!! they look amazing and so obedient!! i have to show these to my daughter later- she's interested in being a dog trainer when she's older (she's torn between that and fashion design at the moment hehe)

she's a natural with animals, and she's taught our golden retriever every trick she knows so far: left paw, right paw, sit, lie down, "bang" (point fingers like gun say bang and she plays dead lol), jump, big beg, little beg, spin, roll over, crawl, and wait (for her dinner), followed by "ok" (she can go)... we know nothing about dogs, and Goldie is our first, but my daughter has worked wonders with her... we also use clicker training sometimes on our ponies and they respond really really well (although haven't used clicker with Goldie, just lots of praise when she gets the idea)...

what kind of training do you need for dog training work?? maybe animal behaviour kind of thing?? i'm really interested in kind, non-violent methods of training animals studying body language and herd behaviour, giving reward etc. - i use that approach (known as "intelligent horsemanship") with my horses (they were both unhandled youngsters when i got them) and it's been fascinating and really really rewarding, and we kind of just applied a similar approach to Goldie...
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You don't need any formal training or schooling. When I look at working with trainers their work speaks for itself. The more actual experience training dogs, the better. It is really a skill that some people have an others don't, something that cannot really be learned in books or studying learning theory. I find that one needs to have a very good understanding of the four quadrants of operant conditioning and how they apply to dog training and behavior. That is absolutely the most important thing regardless of what training tool you are using or what you are training a dog to do. Read Karen Pyror's "Don't Shoot the Dog!" My philosophy is that training is basically communication between you and the dog and for it to work you need to be clear, fair, and consistent. Those three things - clear, fair, and consistent - leave lots of room for using various tools with various behaviors and account for the vast differences in temperaments and working drives. I train dogs with everything from food treats, tug toys, balls, prong/pinch collars, remote collars, you name it I have used it. There are some behavior chains I will *only* train via backchaining and freeshaping, and other behaviors I will train exclusively with compulsion/escape training.
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