Saturday, February 26, 2011

Crates Are Safe Dens. Housebreaking & Common Sense. Cargo Trailer.

As we have a little doggie cookie monster in our midst who has her 'parents' wrapped around her little toe about going back to bed in her crate, I wondered if others out there have the same problem.  No puppy's name mentioned, but it is the Brit word for "cookie"!

Crate training and housebreaking go hand in hand, so some of the videos are about Housebreaking, but we are really interested in the Crate Training tips therein.

Wolves, dogs and dens go back for centuries, and they love their "Dens". 
That is as long as no one has scared them by using their crate as a punishment, they love to go to sleep in their own personal space:

The next two are how you train your dog to be happy in their crate, which is really "Their Den":

More Crate training:

Showing your dog it's mistakes, after the fact, does no good it just confuses them:


All this training with treats can hurt your dog's appetite,  so only use little pieces of treats, and make sure that they are of good quality.  No sense in feeding your dogs a really good food and then filling them up with junk treats.  As always, read the labels, no cornmeal or 'byproducts' in the treats, just like their food.

In a former life, my little foster cat, Patches, was locked up in a tiny crate for weeks on end, so she is terrified to go in one now, but she loves to sleep in her big wire cage, as that is where I feed her, with the door open.  So I also have a small wire cage for transporting her, and she will often sleep in that as her den, with the door open.

Right-side-window Jay and I went back to working on the right side of the trailer.

The left side, with the "dreaded window" will to be shelved for a while, until the new larger window arrives.

This right side window had only been installed temporarily, as the paneling has to be scribed and cut for the window before we can install it permanently. The inside trim ring goes over the paneling.
But we had to install the porch light and switch first, so we were messing with that and testing it. We should have that window finished tomorrow.

As it was a little cooler, I wore a sweater, today.


Dizzy-Dick said...

It is looking good. What are you going to do with all your time when it gets finished?

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Oh, Dizzy-Dick, there is always so much to do around here. The workshop table is collecting more things to be worked on, all the time.
You know how it is....the joys of ownership!

When I have more time, I will have another enormous yard sale. That'll keep me busy for a while, getting all that set up.

Misty and Paco send woofs and sniffs to Gizzy, Ginger Muffin and Chang Le.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Ginger, Muffin, and Chang say thanks. And if given the opportunity, will return the sniffs in person (grin).