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Q. We have 2 6 month old puppies and we have to kennel then for a week. Will kenneling them undermine our crate training and house breaking?
Hello,

I want to thank you for the helpful puppy video. It is great!

I do have two questions regarding our puppies. They are both going to be 6 months old and are both crate trained. We have to kennel them for almost a week and I'm wondering if this will undermine all of our housebreaking and crate training?

Next, our male puppy has started not eating out of his bowl. He will only eat if the food is on the floor. Any suggestions why and how to deal?

Thank you in advance,
Linda

A. Thanks for the kind words; we are glad the video is helpful to you.

As for boarding puppies, it really depends on the pups and the set up at the boarding kennel as to whether this will set back your housetraining. If you can request more frequent potty breaks outside on grass for your pups, then I would do so. Some kennels will take them on walks for an additional fee.

I would be more vigilant when they first return home, and back up your training a few steps to refresh the rules in their minds.

As for the bowl, I wouldn't worry about this. I would let the dog eat from the floor or get a different type of bowl. It may be that the bowl you are currently feeding him from got tipped and made a loud noise and startled him so he is reluctant to eat from it. I can only guess about this, since I can't really see how your dog behaves at feeding time. Try feeding some really high value treat (like a hunk of steak or cheese) in the normal bowl and see how he behaves then.
  
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