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Is it ok to use the crate for time out when my 4 month Coco get foot and pants bity She sleeps and we put her there when we go out its been great and don't want to ruin it.
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It's fine. Just do it gently, and not as a "punishment" but as a "wind down" period. The first choice is to just say "OUCH!!!" in a loudy, high-pitched voice, (even if it didn't hurt) and walk away from her. But if she is relentless, (some puppies are!) it's fine to enforce the separation when she gets nippy. Keep it short, but be consistent about putting her back every time she doesn't respond to your first "Ouch!".


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It depends on how often and what its for. I have always thought time out were better for the parent. I only did it once when I was really mad.I can see if its a on going thing that your pup will start not liking his crate.

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It depends on how often and what its for. I have always thought time out were better for the parent. I only did it once when I was really mad.I can see if its a on going thing that your pup will start not liking his crate.
They don't start not liking their crate if it is done gently and for short periods. It is very important that puppies learn bite inhibition.


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I didn't know it was for biting. Now I see Did you ever have a johnny jump up for your kids? something like that would be perfect for a puppy. Just hang them up

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I agree with a "settle down" time in the crate, but in a productive way.

It is easier to train them "away" from the nipping. We used the high pitch "ouch" and when greeting us, or when they are really excited, we put a small toy in their mouth to distract them. Now, at age 6 and 2 - two of my guys greet us at the door with a toy at all times. It worked for us!!

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I had your same thoughts about being afraid I'd ruin a good thing with punishment. My trainer said to take everything out of the crate, toys, blankets etc... for a time out that way they can differentiate between the two things. I didn't use this method too often. It was also suggested that you could put on her leash and restrain her that way for a while. I have used this method when I'm in the kitchen trying to feed the cats or something and he's causing trouble. Also don't forget when he's biting that you don't want to make a big fuss over his actions. Timmy still does this sometimes and I just stop walking and tell him "no" and he catches on. I'll just keep stopping and tell him "no" until he catches on, which he does because that's no fun.

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