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July 14, 2014
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The lightweight, durable nylon Pack-A-Poo is a fresh new solution to this smelly old problem. Its roomy, flexible interior pocket is lined with a specially designed metallic fabric that serves as a very efficient odor barrier. Place the filled, tied plastic bags inside, secure closed with the attached flexible Gear Tie, and the Pack-A-Poo provides thorough smell insulation for the duration of your walk, hike, or run.

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Thank you for this course! It is great to 'get back in the saddle' again and actively start training my new adult dog. Even my other older dog loves to be involved in training again! Love the approach to marker training as it has been key to engaging and bringing out positive interaction with a hard to engage dog. He coming out by leaps and bounds and am now looking forward to the Engagement course which I have signed up for. Love the online courses! Keep up the good work and Thank You!

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Question: My new 3 1/2 month old puppy goes berserk in the crate or ex-pen. Would an ecollar be warranted?

Good day, 

I searched the site and founds lots of interesting information. My question is about my new 3 1/2 month old Belgian Mal. Understanding that she is not in control of her bladder and bowels yet, I have trouble crating her overnight and leave her outside. If left in the crate she makes a huge mess and acts like she is being tortured.

For whatever reason, she is happy going into the crate and sleeps in it outside. But, while in the house, if I place her in a crate or expen, even while sitting there in view, she goes berserk. She bites the crate/pen and screams her head off. Nothing changes if I am not in the same room. As soon as I close the door to the crate or pen it is drama... hours of drama. 

In this case, would an ecollar be warranted or is she still too young for this? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance

Cindy's Response:

This is not really unusual behavior for a puppy that hasn't been taught to be calm & quiet in the crate. I would absolutely NOT use an ecollar or bark collar. She's much too young and you mention she's new to you.  She's likely worried about being alone & is suffering from some separation anxiety. 

I'd suggest the videos Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months and Living with Your Puppy ~ Establishing Pack Structure.  

You're going to have to ride this out and work in small steps.  I would make sure she's really tired before ever putting her in the crate in the house. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts to this and some puppies are extremely challenging to crate train. I believe there is quite a bit of info about this on our website as well. 

Cindy Rhodes


Thank you very much. The information and reassurance is very appreciated!!

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On Leerburg's Aluminum Hurdle Jump

I love this jump. It is easy to take anywhere in the tough bag that comes with it. It is strong, has clean welds, and is easy to set up. I like the slightly padded top edge, in case the dogs bounce off it. You can make it as short or tall as you want, just tighten the finger knobs in the place you like. Low for beginners or pups and higher for adult dogs. I would recommend it to anyone for either your own backyard jump or for taking to club to set up. I take it everywhere because our club members meet in different locations all the time to keep the dogs on their toes. Having a jump that fits easily in the car, sets up quickly, and packs back up quickly is perfect for everyone.

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