The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
The MOST important thing is to go to, or continue with dog classes. The leadership role that gives you will be vital for the rest of your dogs life. We all have to learn how to be a leader, classes teach us that, and THEN it's amazing how fast our dogs start to listen and learn.
Once we LEARN how to teach our dogs properly, then things go so much easier. Failing to take/continue with classes really cripples our training skills and gains a frustrated and misbehaving dog.
The goal of the crate in the room is just to give the 'time out' and take the edge off so we can teach our pups what we expect. But if we don't also have the teaching/leadership skills we just end up with a dog in the crate all the time, and one that still doesn't know our EXPECTATIONS so they can be out 100% of the time.
So we crate to 'manage' only until we work thru the TRAINING!!!!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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