12th October 2011, 08:30 PM
I really struggled with crate training Charlie as he was rescued from a very poor situation where he was locked in a crate/cage for vvery long periods of time so he saw it as a very negative place to be put!
But with help rom my little super star Rubestar!!! We got there in the end. I got an extra large crate so it wasn't as small and confined and one that they would both fit in! Ruby was trained in a crate from 8 weeks old so she thinks of it like home!
It took a long time- nearly 3 months for him to be happy in there on his own, but as Karlin said- a crate trained dog is so much more versatile.
When a dog is left at the vets for instance- they are put in a crate!! When they stay at my parents for a night, they sleep in a crate downstairs and are very happy. Not a sound from either of them!
They have a crate in the car for travelling in.
Ruby - my stunning soul mate who defies the odds every day
Charlie- my angel at heart and devil at play
15th October 2011, 06:41 PM
16th October 2011, 01:18 AM
100 people sounds like a lot unless you think of it as about one a day, and it's easy to encounter a handful on a walk. Our lifestyle is by no means socially active because of all the work raising a dog, but our routine involves a variety of different places to walk and encounter strangers. She's a bit cautious with people she doesn't know and she's very sweet with people she knows she can trust. Puppy class may make things easier.
16th October 2011, 10:38 AM
17th October 2011, 07:36 PM
It isn;t hard to have a puppy meet people -- you can carry a pup around and have friends in etc, or carry to the front door and so on. People with vaccinated afult dogs can come to visit too or take your pup to their home. Wals should be reserved til the end of the puppy vax series but lots of trainers do puppy socialisation classes that can start right at that point.
A breeder cannot do more than give basic socialisation but you will see Ian Dunbar and others stress being being socialised to a dog's own litter or other dogs in the home is inadequate and lack of socialisation probably causes more dog problems and people problems than any single other thing. Socialisation is a lifelong task for owners to prevent problems and puppyhood, especially early puppyhood, is an absolutely critical window which can prevent remedial work that is far far higher (and less successful).
Think of kids -- they can have the nicest home life but if they don't meet lots of other people --adults as well as children -- they will have lifelong problems.
You don't need exactly 100 but a single puppy class would probably include your pup meeting 10-30 people in a single go! (in between people in class or leaving/arriving for others).
Ps a puppy at 8 weeks is barely socialised even to its own litter. A lot of breeders do not home puppies til a minimum of 10 weeks, usually 12 weeks -- as the pup ends up much better socialised and well started on housetrainng etc. The best adjusted and most social and confident puppies I have ever met in a coupe of breeds are those bred by really good breeders who home at 12 weeks.
In memory: Lucy
17th October 2011, 08:37 PM
Sorry, I thought you meant the first three months after getting a puppy. In the beginning we invited people over to meet Nalu and we brought her places where she was just quickly introduced and then brought back home. Everyone loved meeting her.
17th October 2011, 09:11 PM
Ian Dunbar and other trainers do suggest exposure to at least 100 people and lots of dogs in the first three months -- it is a critical exposure period.
In memory: Lucy
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