Yes or No to Crate training?

Crate training


A lot of people say, “My puppy doesn’t like it. I do not want to put them in a cage.”

Sure it may feel like a cage to them at first, but the point of crate them is to make the dog have a designated personal space. The crate can also help with other things like potty training your puppy by teaching it to hold in its bussiness. Just make sure to take away their food and water 3-4 hours before they go in the crate, and to also wake up early to take them out to go potty.

Because puppies need to learn to hold their potty I do not suggest getting a product called the puppy apartment. The puppy apartment is essentially a crate that has a pee pad next to your puppies bed but is still in their crate. It is crate that has a bed and potty in it.

I think it is a good idea for dogs with bladder problems, but not for puppies because they need to learn to hold it! Therefore if you give them a potty right next to the place they sleep they will never learn.

Also dogs do not like to potty in their bed or near it, that is why when they are in a confined crate (their bed) they will make more of an effort to hold it.

Professional trainers say to get a crate that is going to fit your dogs adult size, but then to get a divider that will suit their small puppy size.

Lastly I personally would not like my puppy to go pee or poo in their potty side and then to accidentally walk in it and go back to their bed side. That would end up in dirty laundry and more work.

Puppies may cry in their crate at first but that’s because they want to be with us. They are an animas that crave attention and companionship.

Eventually they will love the crate and you may even see them go in there during the day to sleep.

Tips:


Letting your puppy sleep in your bed is not a good idea. If they are a small puppy or maybe even a large one you could accidentally hurt them. Also they may pee in your bed.

Don’t get upset if they poo or pee in the crate they are still learning and just puppies. Eventually they will learn “this is my bed, not my potty space.”

Always use positive reinforcement and try to give them a treat as much as you can when they go potty outside or on their wee wee pad.

I think everyone with a puppy should consider crate training their puppy. Ultimately this will help your puppy in life a lot more than you think it will. Thanks for reading!

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Popular Dog Breeds: Great Dane

 About the Great Dane: 

Each bolded word below is a reason for why the great dane is a popular dog breed and each paragraph below goes into further detail on that reason. This post also shows the history of the great dane breed.


The Great Dane is a popular dog breed because they are gentle giants, they have many different fur color varieties, and they are adorable.

“Gentle Giants”

Although great danes are giant they are very friendly. That is why they are known as a “gentle giant” dog breed.

Fur Color

Great Danes are one of the few purebred dog breeds to have a variety of different coats. Greats Danes can have many different fur coats such as black and white spots, black, and a fawn color.

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Stella Female Great Dane

They Are Adorable 

I mean just look at that face what is not adorable about it?

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Milo (Male) and Stella (Female) Great Danes

History

“Drawings of dogs who look like Great Danes have been found on Egyptian artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. and in Babylonian temples that were built around 2000 B.C. There’s evidence that similar dogs originated in Tibet, with written reports of such dogs appearing in Chinese literature in 1121 B.C.

The breed is thought to have been taken into various parts of the world by the Assyrians, who traded their dogs to the Greeks and Romans. The Greeks and Romans then bred these dogs with other breeds. Ancestors of the English Mastiff were probably involved in the breed development, and some folks believe that the Irish Wolfhound or Irish Greyhound also may have played a role.

Great Danes originally were called Boar Hounds, because boars were what they were bred to hunt. Their ears were cropped to prevent boar tusks from tearing them. In the 16th century, the name of the breed was changed to “English Dogges.”

Late in the 1600s, however, many German nobles began keeping the largest and most handsome of their dogs in their homes, calling them Kammerhunde (Chamber Dogs). These dogs were pampered and wore gilded collars lined with velvet. Talk about a sweet life.

The name Great Dane arose in the 1700s, when a French naturalist traveled to Denmark and saw a version of the Boar Hound who was slimmer and more like a Greyhound in appearance. He called this dog Grand Danois, which eventually became Great Danish Dog, with the more massive examples of the breed called Danish Mastiffs. The name stuck, even though Denmark did not develop the breed.

Most breed historians give credit to German breeders for refining the breed to be the well-balanced, elegant dog we love today. In 1880, breeders and judges held a meeting in Berlin and agreed that since the dogs they were breeding were distinctly different from the English Mastiff, they would give it its own name — Deutsche Dogge (German Dog).

They founded the Deutscher Doggen-Klub of Germany, and many other European countries took up the name as well. The Italians and English-speaking countries didn’t accept this name, however. (Even today, the Italians call the breed Alano, meaning Mastiff; and in English-speaking countries, of course, they’re called Great Danes.)

Throughout the late 1800s, wealthy German breeders continued to refine the breed. They turned their attention to the dog’s temperament, because Great Danes had aggressive, ferocious temperaments due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt wild boar, a particularly ferocious beast. These breeders tried to produce more gentle animals, and — luckily for us today — they succeeded.

We don’t know when the first Great Danes were brought to the U.S., or even where they came from, but the Great Dane Club of America was formed in 1889. It was the fourth breed club allowed to join the American Kennel Club.” – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Sources:

http://www.all-about-great-danes.com/great-dane-colors.html

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/great-dane#/slide/1

Popular Dog Breeds: Pit Bulls

About the Pit Bull:

“In fact, “Pit Bull” isn’t a breed, but a term used to describe the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.”

Unfortunately Pit Bulls are usually thought of as dangerous and aggressive dogs.

Any incident that a dog is involved in is never the dogs fault it is only the fault of the person who is supposed to be in charge of the dog.

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Lyla Female American Staffordshire Terrier

Why is the Pit Bull a popular dog breed?

People have created this negative stero-type of Pit Bulls and that is why Pit Bulls are commonly seen shelters.

Many people are kind and go to shelters to adopt Pit Bulls because they want to break that bad stero-type.

Did you know that Pit Bulls are actually banded from some countries?

History

“Bull and terrier breeds were created in early 19th-century England for the popular spectator sports of bull- and bear-baiting. When those sports were deemed inhumane and became illegal 1835, dog-fighting sprung up in its place — and thus was the trait for dog aggression bred into the genetic line.” – http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/american-pit-bull-terrier#/slide/2

Links to learn more:

http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/american-pit-bull-terrier#/slide/2

Which one to choose: Purebred or Mutts?

When it comes to choosing if you want a purebred dog or a mutt there are pros and cons on both sides.

PUREBRED

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Huntress Female Manchester Terrier

Pros:

  • You know for sure what their breed is
  • You have a better chance of determining their size
  • You can know for sure if they are hypoallergenic or not

Cons:

  • Costs more money than mutts
  • You won’t have the fun of guessing their breed
  • If you don’t get a purebred from a shelter then you won’t be saving a dog’s life

If you want to pay less for a purebred dog then you might want to check out your local shelter. Did you know that 1/3 of dogs surrendered in shelters are purebreds?

MUTTS

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Cisco Male Lab Shepard Mix

 


Pros:

  • You can have fun guessing your dogs breed
  • You have saved a dog’s life if you adopted it
  • You have a mutt, the combination of many dog breeds, that is very unique

Cons:

  • You don’t know the dogs ancestry for sure
  • You probably don’t know the size your dog will be
  • You don’t know if you may end up being allergic to them or not

Thanks for reading!