How to crate-train your new puppy

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Congratulations on your new ! Once your bundle of joy is home, it’s a good idea to begin crate training. Your ’s crate will essentially become his bedroom – a place to rest when he needs to get away and to keep him safe when you’re not home. Crate training takes time and patience, but will be worth it in the end. Mary Burch, the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. puppy director, offers a step-by-step approach to help new get their four-legged friend loving their crate.

• Let your pup get comfortable with the crate and get used to being around and inside of it. Put the crate in a place where you and your spend time together and leave the door open. Put comfortable bedding inside, like a crate pad or towel. Use treats to get your puppy near and inside the crate. Put treats near the opening, and then inside. When your puppy is inside getting the treat, give him lots of praise.

• Feed your dinner in the crate. Start to feed your pup his dinner in the crate after he has started going in to get the treat. Start with the door open. This will help him associate his crate with all good things. Next, close the door of the crate while your puppy is eating.

• Practice makes perfect. Gradually lengthen the time you keep your puppy in the crate after he’s done eating before you open the door. Then practice short times you instruct your pup to go in his crate when he doesn’t need to. When he goes in, give him a treat and close the door. Practice leaving the room for a short time and then

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    I got one of these for each of my nieces. It seems to me the negative reviewers want a whole lot out of a $20 toy. It’s a puppy and it barks and walks. They don’t have to do much more to get kids interested. They girls are crazy about them. They have named them and play with them all the time. They are very cute and the noise they make isn’t overly loud or overly irritating. So far no issues with how well they work. It made a great gift.

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