The General Training

Cage benefits:

Simplifies house training; confines unattended pets, saves on possible damage to household items, may save his life by keeping him away from electric wires and items that he might find on the floor that should not be eaten.

Fence in and save his life. You would never allow a 2 year old to go out unattended or wonder in the house while you were at work.

Should there be a emergerys you will know exactly were your pet is.

Tips for Cage Training {Housebreaking}

Select a cage size that allows an adult dog ample room to stretch. Use cardboard or hardboard sheet between louvers to create a puppy-size area. Adjust as your dog grows. To much room and the puppy will go in the crate. Dogs in general will not soil their bed.

Place the cage away from drafts and heat vents. Provide soft washable bedding and offer a treat for reentering the cage.

Starting – establish a regular, daily routine using the cage for naps and whenever puppy is left alone {2-3 hours maximum}. Take the pup from the cage directly to a designated “outside elimination” spot. Then , go directly inside… repeated steps and praise will allow the pup to make the association.

Remember a puppy can only hold his bladder 1 hour per month of age.

Evenings- well before bedtime, place pup in cage and offer a treat or chew, a positive effect; close and lock gate. Then before bedtime, take pup outside for elimination, return pup to cage and again offer treat, lock cage before retiring. I also suggest that you remove all water early in the evening so he can not “load up” with water just before bed.

If the pup starts barking, be forceful. Use your “tough” voice and tell him NO.

Safety Suggestions

Never give your new friend raw hide chews. These chews become very soft and mushy and can become lodged in the throat choking him and causing death. These products often come from other countries where manufacturing is not done in a sanitary manner, many of these raw hide bones come with parasite eggs that can develop into live worms in your dog. To add to the above list these are not digestible in the dogs system. There have been many reports of dogs having to undergo surgery to remove them from the digestive track. There is also animal hooves offered at many stores. Some of there “flake” apart while being chewed. These flakes tend to have a hook at one end. There was a report on the Internet from a vet warning people that these hook like pieces have been cought in the digestive system and she had to operate to remove the blockage.

Never leave your dog’s collar or harness on when left in a crate unattended. In most cases there would not be a problem, but there has been reports of the collar getting caught on the crate and the dog being hung as the fought to get free. Why take a chance.

I personally had a problem why back when I left the collar on . My Westie some how was able to get her leg up under the collar and was stuck in that position for up to 8 hours while I was at work. I was lucky I came home to only a very disturbed uncomfortable Westie with no bad after affects.

Never give you dog cooked bones. Cooked bones become brittle and sharp. and can cause damage to the s intestines as they pass through.

RAW BONES are excellent for him to have. They will give him nutrition and help keep the teeth clean. There are now antlers being offered for sale. Deer and elk being more common. These also make for a health chew and do provide nutrution.

Never let your Boston run free. Your Boston may see something of interest across the street and off he will go. Smash no dog. Your puppy may want to follow another person home. Bostons are very friendly and very much wanted by others.

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