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Celebratory “You no longer have gestational diabetes!” cake. :D

Celebratory “You no longer have gestational diabetes!” cake. :D

Any opinions on crate training? I'll be bringing home a 5 month old spaniel mix (rescue) on Friday and growing up never had crate trained dogs... but that practice seems very popular now. My 3 dogs growing up were all well trained but were allowed on furniture/ allowed to rome the house. I'm just trying to decide if I want to attempt crate training or just focus on the dog knowing where she's allowed or not allowed?

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prairiegsds:

kaisertheshepherd:

Having a crate trained dog is super convenient! We gave up on crate training initially when Kaiser was a puppy, and put him in bed with us at night instead. XD We worked a little each day showing him how to enjoy being in his little kennel. The trick is to make your dog see their crate as their “bedroom” so they enjoy going there.

We fed Kaiser in his kennel, gave him bully sticks and other special treats in there, and put the towel with his mom’s scent inside.

If we need Kaiser out of the way for a while, he’s perfectly happy to be in his kennel with the door shut now. Super convenient! c:

I think crate training is an important skill to teach your dog. It helps minimize stress if the dog has to be crated during a vet stay, has to be confined during recovery from an injury, at training, for travel in a vehicle, when you have non-dog friendly guests, etc. Crate training Senta involved setting up the crate and opening the door. Done and done! Bosco hated being crated as a puppy but he eventually learned to tolerate being crated. My only goal for him was that he be quiet, calm, and relaxed in the crate; he’ll never love being crated the way Senta does. We did Susan Garrett’s Crate Games video with Bosco (note that her sessions are too long) - love the skills that the games taught him. He’s silent and relaxed in his crate at training, a dog show, etc. while all the dogs in the vehicles around him are barking their heads off and spinning.

Reblogging for the excellent explanation and resource to crate games! c:

Any opinions on crate training? I'll be bringing home a 5 month old spaniel mix (rescue) on Friday and growing up never had crate trained dogs... but that practice seems very popular now. My 3 dogs growing up were all well trained but were allowed on furniture/ allowed to rome the house. I'm just trying to decide if I want to attempt crate training or just focus on the dog knowing where she's allowed or not allowed?

Anonymous

Having a crate trained dog is super convenient! We gave up on crate training initially when Kaiser was a puppy, and put him in bed with us at night instead. XD We worked a little each day showing him how to enjoy being in his little kennel. The trick is to make your dog see their crate as their “bedroom” so they enjoy going there.

We fed Kaiser in his kennel, gave him bully sticks and other special treats in there, and put the towel with his mom’s scent inside.

If we need Kaiser out of the way for a while, he’s perfectly happy to be in his kennel with the door shut now. Super convenient! c:

How did you teach Kaiser to fetch? I have one dog that came by it naturally and I'm trying to teach my puppy but I'm failing miserably lol

It took Kaiser a long time to fetch reliably! He loves to chase things, but we had to show him how to bring things back. We started out rolling a ball in the house and calling him back once he had it, and rewarding him a ton. Then we moved outside and did the same thing, and gradually made our rolls into throws. He was almost a year old before he started to really really enjoy fetch, and now he’s obsessed with it. c:

Just be patient, and if your dog isn’t having fun, try a different game like “go find” or try using a different toy for fetching.

mmmhoneycombs Are we still doing top-view dog pictures? XD 

Here’s super skinny Kaiser, who spent last week and the weekend only picking at his kibble, because we threw off his routine. :/ Had to entice him with warm water mixed in and cookies on top for a couple days to get him back to eating.

mmmhoneycombs Are we still doing top-view dog pictures? XD

Here’s super skinny Kaiser, who spent last week and the weekend only picking at his kibble, because we threw off his routine. :/ Had to entice him with warm water mixed in and cookies on top for a couple days to get him back to eating.

So this is happening in our house this morning. c:

So this is happening in our house this morning. c:

Are you still going to do Kaiser's blog!? Please say yes! !

YES! Kaiser’s blog will be around FOREVER! :D

New-Old Personal Blog!

Remember that one time I thought I was going to do a book review blog? Well it’s my personal blog now! c:

I’ll be posting baby things and exercise things and also dog things. And things about the video games I’m playing and the books I’m reading. Follow it here: http://pawsandpages.tumblr.com/

Derpy paws and his favorite ball. c:

Derpy paws and his favorite ball. c:

Kaiser’s new favorite post-fetch air vent: in the nursery. c:

Kaiser’s new favorite post-fetch air vent: in the nursery. c: