As you will have seen I posted a picture of Piper my new Border Terrier pup. I waited a few years before taking the plunge to get a dog and I should be honest and say that losing a couple of deer prompted me to do so. I was extremley worried about how the dog would behave when I am not with her and didnt want her to end up 'the dog from hell' whining etc. I read about crate training and at first thought it sounded cruel but wowww am I a convert now I have crate trained her. I decided to buy a crate and combine it with taking a month off work to settle the dog who was introduced to the crate with treat and praise. I then left her in their for short periods which I extended in time to a few hours....what a difference a week makes. I now have a dog that has been with me for just over a week which knows it has its own 'den' and place of safety and peace, a place where I can put her and even after a week i can leave her for 3 hours ( no longer as she is has a young bladder ) and she will not make a sound whilst I am away ( I know as left a tape recorder as I was worried ) When I go to bed she is in the room and if she wakes I wake too and let her out for a pee, yes I know I could have left her downstairs and cleared up in the morning but as I am off work the least I can do is too get up and let her out. As soon as she does she retires to her crate and snoozes. I have now got a play pen for her so she can be in the crate and get out when she needs to in the day. She can even come out with me in the garden and be introduced to things in a safe controlled way...ie I introduced her to the petrol lawn mower when she was in the crate with praise and treats, within 15 mins I had a 10 week old pup that was walking next to me not in the least bit phased buy a mower.
I cannot praise the crate system enough, it really does help the dog too house train and settle in a relaxed and safe way. Oh and the other great tip I was told....a childs teddy bear sprayed with DAP ......the pup snuggles up to it every time she snoozes.