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The Puppy Pundit

“Puppies are so hard!”

Bringing home a puppy is precious – but what I didn’t anticipate was the difficulty of the first couple of months. No one has sympathy when you are exhausted because of the sleepless nights while crate-training your puppy.

I struggled to find good information about the first few months of raising a puppy all in one place, so I decided to compile what I have learned, provide some helpful resources and offer my sincere sympathy – the puppy stage passes quickly and the effort put into the early days of training pay back in spades!

I am not a veterinarian, nor a professional dog trainer, this is simply a collection of my experience that I hope will be helpful for someone else!

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Puppies are So Hard!

Crate Training

Two and half years later, I can honestly say that crate training was so worth the insanity of the training process.

The day we brought our little labradoodle home, he was 12 weeks old and had not made a peep until it was bedtime. (My brother-in-law honestly thought that he was a mute dog).

And then we put little Louie into his crate, that had his blanket from his breeder, the crate was strategically placed in our bedroom so that Louie could see that we were right there, and we had a ticking clock nearby to mimic a sound of a heartbeat.

As soon as we shut the door to the crate, the guttural howling began. We were prepare for whining and crying, but this sound was unlike anything I had ever heard before. It was heartbreaking and it was LOUD. We were told by our dog trainer, family members, and countless internet articles to tough it out! Whatever you do – DO NOT let the puppy out of the crate, lest the puppy trains you.

 

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