I want to be well prepared before he gets here. What do you think I need at the house? What kind of puppy food, ets? TIA
Bear was in the crate from the first night we got him home. It has been the best thing we did with him. Now he is loose in the house all the time but he was in the crate anytime we were gone for the first two years we had him. For about the first year and a half or so he was even in there when we went to bed. Now it's his safe spot. When he is tired or needs space he goes in his crate and goes to sleep. The crate is in the hall outside our family room. When we are watching TV he often goes in and lays down. I would recommend getting the crate that is big enough for when he's full grown but has the moveable divider that can be used to limit his space. As they grow they only need enough room to get up and turn around. If they can't get away from it they are less likely to have accidents in the crate. Even when we were housebreaking Bear he NEVER had an accident in his crate:high5: Oh yeah... when they are getting used to the crate...DON'T let them out when they cry. It even meant a night sleeping on the floor next to the crate, but he knew that whining wasn't getting him out. It also showed him that he wasn't being punished because we were right there but we didn't let him out. The next night we just sat the crate by our bed and he was fine. Whew...sorry for being so wordy!:tongue:so what is so great about crate training? when and why? what is the diff between a crate and sectioning them off in the kitchen? I am not ytryiing to be rude or snarky, just looking for a diff perspective.