Do not use a crate for punishment because the dog will refuse to go in the create for fear.
Make sure you don't leave the dog in the crate for too long, otherwise the dog does not get enough exercise.
It is very important that the dog gets human interaction or it will become anxious or depressed.
It would be a good idea to hire a pet sitter or take the dog to daycare so that the dog does not have to be alone all day.
A puppy can't control the bladder and bowels for no longer than three or four hours at a time under six- months old.
Only crate the dog until you can trust that it will not go potty in the house or destroy the house.
Pick a command "like go to your room or create" and use the same command and point to the crate when you are giving your dog a command.
When training the dog to go in the crate be sure you put the crate in an area where the family spends their time. Put a towel or blanket in the crate, leave the door open and let the dog explore. Some dogs like to sleep in their crate. You can throw a treat in the crate or a favorite toy. Be sure that each time the dog goes in the crate you praise it and give the dog a treat. Don't force the dog to enter the crate.
Leave the crate door open and put the food in the back of the crate. When the dog is comfortable in the crate, you can close the door. When done eating let the dog stay in the crate for 5 minutes keep increasing the time each time the dog goes in the crate. If the dog whines or cries in the crate, don’t let it out until the dog stops. Otherwise, the dog will figure out that if I cry or whine they will let me out.
If you're going to be gone for several hours or all day it's best to put the dog in a dog playpen.
If your dog seeks people more than other dogs.
Enjoys the company of strangers for long periods of time.
Your dog must be comfortable and calm around children, elderly, walkers, wheelchairs, canes, bandages, tubing, crutches, and other equipment. To help your dog get used to moving equipment, like a stroller, shopping cart, your dog needs to expose to them.
If working with elderly or children the dog has to remain relaxed even when the kids get excited. Sit calmly for petting and not lick or paw strangers. Some dogs do not like hugs, especially from strangers.
If you see these signs it would be best to have your dog tested.
The extremely good response is for your dog to only have eyes for you during the testing process.
Therapy dogs are allowed in hospitals, nursing homes special invitations and groups.
If your dog growls or acts at all aggressive, uncomfortable, hackles raised, intense staring and stiff legs, the dog is not a good candidate for service work.
Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies teething between four to six months of age. Teething is a painful process and puppies chew more because their gums are very irritated and chewing relieves their discomfort.
If not corrected chewing can become a long-standing problem even after all the adult teeth emerge and teething ends. Provide appropriate chew toys for your dog to enjoy. Avoid chicken bones since they splinter easily creating sharp fragments that can easily puncture your dog’s gastrointestinal tract.
Use nylon bones, greenies, kong and dental chew sticks. You can make chick sickles by putting chicken broth in ice cube trays and freezing it. If the dog is chewing on something inappropriate correct the dog by taking the object away and saying no chewing on that.
Give the dog the appropriate toy to chew on and encourage appropriate chewing. Praise the dog when it chews on appropriate toys. Confine the puppy in a safe space away from inappropriate items to chew by using a crate or baby gate.
Dogs sometimes chew because they are bored or they are having a separation anxiety.
Ferrets are very playful, they live to play. They love to chase, play in tubes and hide, steal socks, wallets or anything else small enough to be carted off to their hiding places. Look out for missing items. Ferrets can get intestinal blockages where they are going to need surgery. Do not have anything made of foam rubber or soft rubber if you are not sure of the material don't give it to them.
Be sure you look down at your feet at all times when you enter or exit a room. The ferrets are very playful and will appear at any time, they like to play tag. They can accidentally be stepped on. They like to curl up in a pile of clothes and have ended up in the washer or dryer. They are so small can go unnoticed. Be on the look out for little bumps in the floor rugs. Ferrets should never be left unsupervised with other pets.
If the ferret's owner lets the ferrets have the run of the house this is what can happen.
Very dangerous to ferrets are toilets, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves, reclining chairs, dishwashers, washers, and dryer.
The reclining chair mechanisms can crush the ferret.
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