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Portable kennel

Dogs have a natural tendency to curl up in small areas. You can simulate a puppy’s denning instinct in your own home using a portable kennel.

A portable kennel provides security and comfort at home or during travel and helps control behavioral problems.

A portable kennel is the quickest and easiest way to housebreak a dog. Because dogs will not go in the area where they eat and sleep, you can train him to potty outside.

A puppy’s training should begin between seven and 16 weeks of age. Studies show that the most critical learning period occurs at this time.

Introduce the puppy to his kennel gently and cheerfully. Place a chew toy or little treat inside to encourage him to go in on his own.

Choosing the proper kennel size is very important. A dog should have just enough room to stand up, turn around and curl up. Place an old towel or blanket with your scent on it inside for bedding. Do not use a dog pad or bed until the puppy has outgrown accidents and chewing.

Do not leave a young puppy in his kennel all day. Puppies have to potty about every 2-4 hours, most likely right after waking, eating, drinking and playing. At best, a puppy can hold it about 1 hour longer than his age in months. For example, if your puppy is 3 months old, do not leave him in his kennel for more than 4 hours at any given time. Take him outside regularly and praise him when he eliminates. Soon you will be able to leave the kennel door open all the time.

During the first few days of training, place the kennel in your bedroom at night to help the puppy adjust to his new environment and to alleviate stress.

For more information check out this website: www.petmate.com and www.dailypuppy.com.

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