Your job is to teach your dog that the crate is a great place to be.~No matter what your dog’S age, make sure every interaction it has with the crate is pleasant. In fact, if you set up the crate several days before you get your dog, the crate will take on your homes scent, and your dog will just see it as another interesting piece of furniture.Stay nearby while your dog is getting acclimated to his crate. If you uncrate a pup every time it whines it learns freedom is only a whine away.Acclimate your dog to its crate while you are home so your pet doesn't’t associate the crate with being alone. When your dog is fully crate-comfy to be left alone for several hours, crate it for 5-10 minutes before leaving and 5-10 minutes after returning home before you let him out. Avoid emotional departures, which incite nervousness in dogs.Take your dog out to do his business and then celebrate your reunion by doing something fun together. OPEN DOOR POLICY Leave the crate door open until your dog willingly enters and exits the crate on his own.
ACTIVITY ALLEY:   Hide food treats in a T-shirt with your smell 
on it in the crate.  Your dog will associate the crate with stimulation 
Hide-and-seek activities and security of your alpha dog scent. 
DOGGIE DINNER feed your dog in its crate so it identifies the 
den with the ultimate can eating!
SNUGGLE SPACE: Equip the crate with a warm, soft pad or blanket/towel,safe toys for being alone,etc
PLAY PLACE: Praise, play with and pet your dog when he is in his crate.
snooze city is what the crate is for, lots of naps with safe chew toy.                                                                                                                                        
Good Toys
Lots of gumabones, nylabones, rope toys,stuff animals, fleece bed, Kong toys, hard rubber balls, tennis balls, rawhide rolls to chew on,any toy that makes lots of noise,for example animal etc. This helps with understanding noises can be positive.Also this helps with your future hunters.

Important Pointers for New Puppy 
Puppyhood is the most important and critical time for your dog. What you do and do not do right now will affect your dog's behavior forever.A properly socialized dog is well adjusted and makes a good companion. It is neither frightened by nor aggressive towards anyone or anything it would normally meet in day to day living. An unsocial dog is untrustworthy and an unwanted liability. They often become fear-biters. They are difficult to train and are generally unpleasant to be around. Unsocial dogs cannot adapt to new situations and a simple routine visit to the vet is a nightmare not only for the dog itself, but for everyone involved. Don't let this happen to you and your dog. Start socializing your new puppy. 

Important Facts
The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine agrees that the socialization period lasts up to about 12 weeks (3 months) of age. However, at 12 weeks, the puppy must continue socialization to refine its social skills.Socialization most easily occurs before the puppy is 3 months old. Any later than that and it becomes an excruciatingly difficult and time-consuming process. 

Different Ways to Socialize 
Make sure that each of the following events are pleasant and non-threatening.If your puppy's first experience with something is painful and frightening, you will be defeating your purpose. In fact, you will be creating a phobia that will often last a lifetime. It's better to go too slow and assure your puppy is not frightened or injured than to rush and force your pup to meet new things and people.

Invite friends over to meet your pup. Include men, women, youngsters, oldsters, Invite friendly, healthy, vaccinated dogs, puppies and even cats to your home to meet and play with your new puppy. Take your puppy to the homes of these pets.This usually is preferable with dog-friendly cats.Carry your pup to shopping centers, parks, school playgrounds,etc; places where there are crowds of people and plenty of activity-Take your puppy for short, frequent rides in the car. Stop the car and let your puppy watch the world go by through the window.Introduce your puppy to umbrellas, bags, boxes, the vacuum cleaner, etc. Encourage your puppy to explore and investigate his environment.Get your puppy accustomed to seeing different and unfamiliar objects by creating your own. Set a chair upside down. Lay the trash can (empty) on its side, set up the ironing board right-side up one day and upside down the next day.Introduce your puppy to new and various sounds. Loud, obnoxious sounds should be introduced from a distance and gradually brought closer.Accustom pup to beingbrushed,bathed,inspected, having its nails clipped, teeth and ears cleaned and all the routines of grooming and physical examination.Introduce your puppy to stairs, his own collar and leash. Introduce anything and everything you want your puppy to be comfortable with and around. 

Pup will relieve them self almost immediately upon waking and shortly after eating. They should be let out every hour to 2 hrs. for the first week every hour to 2 hr or so until they start asking for the door will rarely soil the sleeping area, If you keep them confined to this area except for short periods after taking them out, you should find training fairly easy, If they make a mistake reprimand immediately or not at all, as they have very short memories and will not know why they are being punished. Never reprimand your pup until you know they know what is expected of them.  NEVER put a pup’S nose in his urine or feces!!!! 

A young puppy, 9 -16 weeks old, usually has no problem accepting its crate as its own special place”. Any complaining is caused, not by the crate, but by the puppy’s resistance to the controls of his new unfamiliar situation. Remember to keep the crate in the room you are in for the first few weeks, really all the time, as they want to be with you. Until the puppy is past the chewing stage, old towels which can easily be washed, and some freshly worn article of old clothing such as a T-shirt or sweatshirt can used as bedding.  This will make the puppy feel comfortable in your absence.

DO NOT leave food or water in the crate this encourages spilling and elimination. You can feed the pup in their crate to get them to like their crate but always leave the door open and stay right their so you can bring them out as soon as they are done eating. Then remove the bowl. Be sure to remove anything from the pups’ neck, I.e. collars, which might get caught. Establish a crate routine immediately and stick to it as close as possible. A puppy should be taken outdoors to a specific bathroom spot after every meal, nap, and at regular intervals in between. A good rule of thumb is to keep the puppy in the crate any period of time when the puppy isn’t being directly supervised by you. Let the pup outside every hour if he is not sleeping.  So not wake them up to go out.  Unless you are leaving and want them to go pee before you leave. Never leave your new pup alone more than 1-2 hours the first 2 weeks you and he are bonding.  Do leave him alone for short periods though,  5 minutes at a time to help him establish independence.

Be consistent. be firm, and know that a puppy needs to be kept out of trouble when left alone, It will make your time together much happier in the long run. Studies have shown that puppies that are crate trained are 75% less likely to have behavior problems during the first 3 years of (heir life. A good beginning with a puppy can mean a lifetime of happiness.

CHEWING - Puppies are known to chew on anything. That could mean furniture, shoes, the siding on your house, carpet, etc. Chewing is normal behavior for a puppy, so provide lots of safe toys to satisfy this need. Do not leave items out that can be misinterpreted as a chew toy. All balls should be solid rubber and big enough so they can not swallow them. Rawhide helps young puppy teeth but always supervise when they are chewing rawhide.Once they get old enough to swallow rawhide, you must use the log rolls as those are the safest. No pig ears, they are just fattening and not good for your pup.

HAZARDS- NEVER leave a pup/dog or anyone in a car for more than 10 minutes. That is too long if it is hot outside or you live in the south. Do take your dog with you unless you are planning on bringing him in wherever you are going. This is your responsibility to your animal, to keep them safe. Put the kitchen trash in either the garage or high enough to be out of your puppy's reach. Be sure electric cords are not exposed; they can be very hazardous. Some plants are toxic.Take an inventory of the plants in your house and yard and consult a local plant nursery 
to determine if any could harm your pet.Check all fencing for holes and gaps that a pup can squeeze through.  

~Here is some helpful tips for you and your new companion~ We hope this information is helpful to the families. Thanks!!

Clicker Information by: Gary Wilkes
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                     "The 10 Pet Commandments" 

 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

 5. Talk to me.  Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.  

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8.Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative,ask yourself if something might be bothering me.

Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been
in the sun too long,or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too,
will grow old.

 10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me
please.  Never say you can't bear to watch.  Don't
make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.  ALWAYS!   

  ~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.Enjoy and take good care of them.Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters~

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