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RECOMMENDED TOYS FOR YOUR NEW PET!
For Dogs and Puppies:
 
  • Try KONGtm brand toys! They are beehive shaped, hard rubber Kong Toystoys   that offer more stimulation than tennis balls. When they hit the ground, they bounce in different directions to keep your pet entertained. KONG toys come in different sizes and stre ngths for any breed, age, and size pet. KONG toys are VIRTUALLY INDESCTRUCTIBLE, and DISHWASHER SAFE, and are the ONLY toy that can be left in your pet's crate safely. The toys are hollow, and different treats may be placed inside to keep your pup occupied for hours on end.
  • Rope toys are another helpful tool- they can be sprayed with water and then frozen to help with puppy teething time!
  •  DO NOT GIVE YOUR PET ICE CUBES! Ice is a crystalline structure, and so are your pet's TEETH- giving solid ice cubes to pets can cause significant damage in their mouths, and may even break teeth! Spraying and freezing rope toys is a safe way to offer them the beneficial cooling without the damage to their mouths.

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 Kong toys will provide a entertainment for your dog throughout all stages of his life!

What NOT to leave in the crate:
Here are the basic rules to keep your new furry friend safe:
  • DO NOT LEAVE Anything that can be torn apart by tiny, sharp puppy teeth (i.e. towels, cloth or cotton dog beds, stuffed toys, etc.)
     
  • DO NOT LEAVE Anything that will absorb water (the crate is a helpful tool with housebreaking. Leaving any material that will soak up urine will significantly PROLONG the time it takes to crate/housetrain your pup, by not allowing the act of urination to be somewhat unpleasant...). Please make sure that your pup is on a potty routine so that she is not left to sit in her mess for more than a minute or two (just long enough for them to note the unpleasantry of the accident in the crate).

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HAVING TROUBLE AT NIGHT?

Knowing when to go to your pet and when not to go makes a huge difference in the amount of time it will take to housebreak/crate train your pet.

   
When to go to him:
  • First thing in the morning.
  • If he has been content in the crate, or has been asleep for a while and wakes up suddenly and starts whining or crying, he probably has to 'use the grass'.
  • If you hear any noise that sounds unusually distressed, such as a sharp, constant, high-pitched yelp. Your pet may be stuck or gotten into something.


















When NOT to go to him:
  •  If you have just put him into the crate and he has already been fed, had water, and 'used the grass', and he is whining. As long as you know that he is safe and secure (and there is NOTHING in the crate with him, aside from super durable, indestructable toys, like a Kong), then DO NOT go to him. If he whines for 20 minutes and then you give in and let him out, you have just taught him that if he whines for 20 minutes, you will let him out. Then, the next time, he will whine for 30 minutes until you give in again. Then he will whine for 45 minutes, and so on.
  • The more you go to him at the wrong time, the longer it will take him to get the hang of it, and the more annoying the incessent whining will become. Giving in to the whining may also trigger separation anxiety because when you do actually leave him to go to the store, he may become panicky and cry for hours on end knowing that you will eventually give in and come and let him out.