I have been a "lurker" for nine years! and have finally started making regular attendance as a post contributer :) This is my first post on "chit-chat" so be nice! ;)
My family has always had dogs while I have been growing up; however it's been many years since we've had a true puppy. Tomorrow I am picking up my first puppy that will be all my own and am excited but so nervous at the sametime! I am ready to commit lots of time to the puppy and REALLY want to make sure that I am training the puppy correctly for it to be an enjoyable adult dog. Nothing drives me more crazy then dogs that jump, pee on the carpet and jump on people.
Anywho, because I work 9am-2pm Monday-Friday I really am wanting to "crate train" the puppy. I also appreciate a dog that can go in a crate at night to settle down for the evening. I plan on taking the puppy on lots of walks and also taking him to the barn with me so that he gets plenty of playtime outside the crate.
Can anyone recomend crate training advice to me? It seems like there are so many different ways of going about crate training and would appreciate any successful (or unsuccessful!) ways that you went about the crate training with your dog.
Thanks so much everyone! [smiley Wavey]