Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
A couple of questions
Ok, so we've had Abby now for three weeks and she's doing great and growing like a weed. She's super smart and already knows "sit," "out of the kitchen," "inside," "outside," "gently" (when taking food), and "go to bed." We're working on potty training.
My first question is regarding crate training. I've never crate trained a dog before, as Cash (my big dog) was already crate trained when I got him and it wasn't really "mainstream" until a few years ago. My question is not how to crate train, but rather what size crate to get. Cash, I know, needs a 48" crate. We had a 36" that he fit in when I got him, but he outgrew it, so I gave it.to a friend for her puppy a couple of years ago. Should I get the size crate Abby will eventually need (a 48") or start smaller and upgrade as she grows?
Second question is about leash training. I've leash trained puppies before (although it's been YEARS), but I've never had a puppy like Abby. She's incredibly smart, but she's also incredibly stubborn. She absolutely refuses to move if you have the leash in your hand and no amount of treats or persuasion will make her move. She'll drag the leash just fine, but as soon as your hand touches the leash, she digs her feet in and won't move. Ideas?
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