Emily is the owner of the Kikopup YouTube channel for all things puppy. This video gives you the "how to's" of training house manners by setting up a pen in your home as a short-term confinement area. Use a pen when you're home but are unable to supervise closely. Actively supervising a puppy is key to preventing bad habits that are frustrating, expensive, and dangerous! No one sets out to make housetraining take forever. And no one wants their new pup to ruin their carpet, get into things, or chew and demolish their furniture, cabinetry, and woodwork. Pens are another alternative to using gates or crates (by themselves) and they are my recommended option for open house plans. As you can see, you can also help a puppy get used to a crate while inside a pen. Here's another video from Emily on proven strategies to acclimate your puppy to a pen.
Emily Larlham from Kikopup gives invaluable video lessons on what to train puppies when you first get them, and how to do it.
New book by Marge Rogers and Eileen Anderson
Canine Enrichment: The Book Your Dog Needs You to Read by Shay Kelly
This book has terrific reviews and was published in 2019. The author also has a popular Facebook Group.
Eileen is a great teacher and writer. She provides guidance here on getting your puppy or dog "into" eating out of a food-dispensing toy. Don't give up on using a Classic Kong! Learn from the best! If your dog is new to eating out of Kongs, these videos will help you get started. Make sure you are not overfeeding and please introduce unfamiliar foods carefully. Don't use peanut butter with xylitol, a sweetener that is fatal to dogs when ingested. A little peanut butter goes a long way. Peanut butter is high-fat and full of sugar. I like to use a swipe of peanut butter or fat-free cream cheese frozen in Kong for a naptime pacifier.
Eileen takes you to the next level!
Use reusable food-dispensing toys like Kongs and the West Paw line to feed your puppy meals. The West Paw toys shown are the Tux and the Toppl. This is one of the best ways to provide mental stimulation and let your dog engage in its natural behavior of hunting, scavenging, and dissecting. Most of these toys are dishwasher-safe, too. And yes, they do get it all out if you stuff it right! If your dog is new to eating out of Kongs, the video will help you get started. Make sure you are not overfeeding. Introduce unfamiliar foods in small amounts to prevent tummy upset.
Dr. Alexandra Horowitz will open YOUR eyes to how your dog experiences the world.