The subject of crate training is a common one in my practice. There are many reasons to use a crate with a new puppy. Some are good, some are bad and some are ugly. One good reason for crate training is making the safety and well being of the puppy your first concern. When you bring a new puppy into a new environment it takes time for the puppy to adjust and LEARN the ways of the world. For the puppies own safety it is best that the puppy be confined when you are not there to supervise them....
I am often asked questions about socialization for puppies that are intended for personal, Schutzhund or protection. This week has been particularly heavy in that category and I have been swamped by questions from people who have the notion that if you socialize a young puppy it will ruin its potential as a protection dog....
We strive to raise the very best protection dogs on the market. The biggest portion of our training program consists of hiring families with children and other pets to raise our puppies....
I am often asked which is more powerful. Positive reinforcement or Negative Reinforcement? The simple answer is that they are both powerful and effective when used properly. Unfortunately, most dog owners do not understand the principals, the laws, that underlie the proper use of either. The most common mistake novice owners make is late timing. The dog has already done the wanted behavior and is now getting rewarded or the dog has already done the unwanted behavior and is now getting the correction some time later....