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Ultimate Puppy Program

Ultimate Puppy Program

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  1. Chikae

    Hello! I have been struggling with a routine for my border collie since his energy is so high. I made the mistake of giving him too much stimulation at the start so I think now he expects it and as per a previous comment, I have had some trouble putting the harness on him and therefore in the mornings when I want to take him out for a walk every morning I struggle to put the harness on and get frustrated and feel like I am at a loss for what to do, and because I don’t know when he will settle on his own, i have to put him in the crate and therefore cannot really put the harness on as this becomes a bit difficult to do. Are they any suggestions as I am feeling incredibly overwhelmed and lost. Thanks so much in advance!

    1. Steffi Trott

      I would try some of the other activities you can find in this class instead of the walk when he is at maximum energy. I would actually somewhat expect a healthy, strong puppy of a working breed to maybe be a bit too wound up right after waking up to patiently put the harness on. If this is stressful for you in the mornings, try some of the enrichment activities instead, some training, some tugging and play time and recall … once you have burned off some energy, try the harness again 🙂

  2. Ashlyn Buckley

    Hi! I have an 8 week old standard poodle puppy. When we place her in her crate for her nap times, we always make sure that she’s eaten and had opportunities to go potty and that shes been sufficiently exercised. We can tell that shes tired and ready for a nap, but she always has a little “anxiety attack” when the door of her crate closes, even if she can still see us. These attacks can last anywhere from 10 minutes to almost 30 minutes where she whines and barks and howls. We live in an apartment and need to be mindful of our neighbors and the amount of noise she makes. Shes ok as long as the door stays open but we would like to be able to keep it closed so we know that she is safe while we do other things during her nap time. Do you have any suggestions for us to help ease her anxiety?

    1. Steffi Trott

      Hi – did you see the lessons on crying when left alone, and building value for the crate yet? That might have the answers you are looking for!

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