Crate Training Your Puppy

Written by Dy Witt

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Start leavingrepparttar room while he is in there for 2 minutes and onward, gradually. When you return, don’t make a fuss, just walk over and openrepparttar 148927 crate. In 3 days he will be officially crate-trained, ready to be left alone for an hour, no longer at first. Leave him gradually longer, slowly and carefully.

Q. Why do I want a crate for my puppy? A. Because they love it isrepparttar 148928 best reason. They feel very safe and secure in there. Here are some more:

When you leave a puppy alone, he always has some measure of separation anxiety. This leads him to any behavior that brings him comfort, which is chewing, digging, or when it is severe, voiding his bowels. When placed in a crate, he feels safe because nothing can get to him, nothing can harm him. He will sleep and chew and wait for you to return.

Crate training isrepparttar 148929 first step in being able to leave him overnight atrepparttar 148930 vet. Without it he will cryrepparttar 148931 entire time, feeling lost and abandoned. With crate training, he is sure you will return, you always do. Of courserepparttar 148932 vet’s office is strange and will cause him some anxiety, but nothing likerepparttar 148933 pure terror he will feel without experience in being locked in.

NOTE: About crate-training, do not make a prison of his crate. Do not use it as punishment. Do not leave him there for more than 2 hours, just time for a long puppy nap and some chew time. After that he will cry. Do not remove him while he is crying. This will make him think he has to cry to get out. No matter what, make sure he is being good when you openrepparttar 148934 door. He will learn he has to be quiet to get out.

Do not make a fuss when you are letting him out, just quietly openrepparttar 148935 door and take him out to potty. When he potties, praise him to high heaven! Dogs naturally do not go where they nest, but sometimes it happens. Do not scold, just clean it out with a bland face. He will learnrepparttar 148936 lesson. If possible, try to clean it while he is outside so he returns to a clean crate.

Dy Witt has shown,bred and trained standard poodles for 25 years. For more information on her training methods, see her website at or email her at

The Fugitive

Written by Janette Blackwell

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“If he got arrested, he might or might not get convicted. And if he got convicted, he’d get maybe six months in jail,” said Mamma. “And when he got out of jail, he’d come back to our neighborhood to live. And one night our barn would burn down. Or maybe our house. Or someone would shoot our cows or maybe even us. Something. So we leave that situation alone.”

Now thatrepparttar rest ofrepparttar 148926 country has discovered Montana and taken over a good chunk of it (the goodest chunk, in fact), people no longer think that way. The Bitterroot Valley has five timesrepparttar 148927 population it had in my childhood. The sheriff has deputies, and according torepparttar 148928 local newspaper they are busy day and night responding to complaints of barking dogs, domestic violence, and petty theft.

But, during that week inrepparttar 148929 late sixties, we andrepparttar 148930 Davises kept watch onrepparttar 148931 shack and did what we had been taught to do: nothing. “Look!” said Daddy, as our car drove slowly by one night. We looked, and, sure enough, a dim, grey light shone throughrepparttar 148932 shack’s window, which window was pretty dirty now that Grandma no longer gave it her attention. “He’s litrepparttar 148933 kerosene lamp.”

“Must be reading in there,” said Mamma softly.

That week we lockedrepparttar 148934 doors of our house every night -- something we had never done before -- and Daddy slept with his pistol close at hand.

In caserepparttar 148935 dog barked inrepparttar 148936 middle ofrepparttar 148937 night.

So that was why we’d put up with all that barking all those years, I realized. That and our family’s soft hearts and, where some of those dogs were concerned, our soft heads as well.

“The Davises tell me they haven’t seen a light in that shack for three nights,” Daddy said a few days later. “I’m going up with my pistol and investigate.”

He went up at noonday, stood like a Western lawman with his back to one side ofrepparttar 148938 door, gun ready. He suddenly whirled to facerepparttar 148939 shack and kickedrepparttar 148940 door open.


He went inside, gun still atrepparttar 148941 ready. Butrepparttar 148942 shack was empty. Our fugitive had fugited, leaving behind only a couple of well worn detective magazines and a pile of cigarette butts. And an unmade bed. Sure proof he hadn’t been brought up right, you bet.

And, in case you wonder, Daddy didn’t takerepparttar 148943 dog when he reconnoitered aroundrepparttar 148944 shack that day. Daddy was pretty fond of that little dog, and he didn’t want him to get hurt.

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