You should use a crate for your puppy

Crates should not be such a tough sell. Puppies have sharp teeth, develop strong jaws, are curious, get bored easily, like to chew, are not housetrained, and can develop separation anxiety . . . . for starters. 

An easy, humane, and time-tested strategy for preventing (hopefully) problems with this little furball is to use a crate. Why is it so hard for some people to buy in to?

I write for multiple websites and have dog training videos on YouTube discussing crate training among other things. I am a firm believer in using crates for puppies. 

Some of the scathing comments I have received for using this widely used, humane tool:

Spertrun "First Thing you need to do its take him out of that cage i hate when people put dogs in Cages i hope they put you."

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How to stop your dog from barking at the doorbell

If your dog barks at the doorbell, the vacuum cleaner, noises in the hallway or other events in his environment, then you should work on desensitizing him to those noises. There are many reasons why it is important to work on barking problems including neighbor complaints, repeated anxiety for your dog, and the fact that barking is often a beginning indicator of territorial aggression. You can also read my post on barking out of the window or behind a door or fence, which can lead to barrier frustration.

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Causes and treatment of dog on leash aggression

Barrier Frustration can occur if a dog is behind a window, fence, or on leash and is not allowed to interact with the environment. After a while, she may get frustrated and aggressive. One indicator of Barrier Frustration having a part in aggression is if a dog barks behind barriers and is calm around dogs when off-leash, but is very aggressive behind a barrier or on-leash. Dogs, of course, can also show aggression no matter how much they are being contained as well.

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Jeff Millman
Mary and Josh, thanks for your comments. My feeling about throwing a blanket over a dog that is barking is that it might solve the... Read More
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:29
Jeff Millman
Glad you found the article helpful. Lowering your dog's anxiety whenever possible can help immensely. This includes boredom. Good ... Read More
Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:07
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