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Counting down the days until Willy comes home. Xpen set up with grated “potty”. Crate here but not yet assembled. ALMOST all other stuff ordered.

Question today: what kind of bedtime treats do people give when puppy goes into his crate? Same as training treat or something extra special?
 

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I don't think of "bed time cookies" as "training treats". And I CERTAINLY wouldn't make them "high value". They are not something I EVER "fade" for my dogs, the way I would fade any other type of training treats. Because for me, it's just something nice we do at bed-time. ...Like a bed-time story for the kids when they were little! Our 13 1/2 year old Kodi would STILL be disappointed if he didn't get his "bedtime cookie! LOL!

That said, they are NOT fussy about what we hand them!!! I tend to keep Charlee Bears upstairs for bedtime cookies, for the simple reason that my husband NEVER closes treat bags, and those don't go stale! LOL! My guys particularly like the grain free ones, not because they are grain free, but because they are extra-crunchy!!!

Oh, and I do NOT use Charlee Bears as training treats simply because they ARE crunchy and take a long time for the dog to chew and swallow. For training treats, you want something small and soft, that the dog can swallow in a single bite. So for young puppies, that means something VERY small!!!
 
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Willy can be seen being the brave one in the Water Bottle Toy video I just posted on another thread. Most of the others were off somewhere in the house doing something else. We've been calling him Michael because of the one white glove.

We don't give them treats at night. Mostly just want them good and tired from playing before going to bed.
 

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Willy can be seen being the brave one in the Water Bottle Toy video I just posted on another thread. Most of the others were off somewhere in the house doing something else. We've been calling him Michael because of the one white glove.

We don't give them treats at night. Mostly just want them good and tired from playing before going to bed.
I totally admit it’s just plain spoiling them rotten. They don’t need it. We do it anyway! LOL!
 

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We never started Ruffin with bedtime treats (thinking of a soft doggie treat in his teeth all night gives me pause.) He goes to his crate and immediately settles down.

Ruffin is also the first dog we are not giving food from the table when we sit down to eat in an effort to avoid begging. Last night he curled up in his bed as we ate dinner, even though he was all interested as I cooked. But when we sat down, he settled down immediately.
 

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We never started Ruffin with bedtime treats (thinking of a soft doggie treat in his teeth all night gives me pause.) He goes to his crate and immediately settles down.

Ruffin is also the first dog we are not giving food from the table when we sit down to eat in an effort to avoid begging. Last night he curled up in his bed as we ate dinner, even though he was all interested as I cooked. But when we sat down, he settled down immediately.
We have always had multiple dogs and cats so never give food from our plates/table to any of the pets. We are able to sit out on a blanket with a picnic and the pups will just lay down and wait til we’re done. They just have no expectation of getting something to eat when we eat.
 

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I'm just posting because I love the profile pic of Pucks104.
Looks so much like my boy.
The young rapscallion has his days when he likes to go into the crate and days when he thinks there's a boogeyman in there.
But once he's inside, he settles down.

I don't feed him from the table at all - he did start to ask for food, but I've held fast on no human food while I'm eating and he's smart to understand to wait until later.

I really like the Purebites freeze-dried chicken breast treats - he's been having that since he was a young puppy. So I give him a couple at bed time to make going into the crate a happy yummy experience.
 

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I'm just posting because I love the profile pic of Pucks104.
Looks so much like my boy.
The young rapscallion has his days when he likes to go into the crate and days when he thinks there's a boogeyman in there.
But once he's inside, he settles down.

I don't feed him from the table at all - he did start to ask for food, but I've held fast on no human food while I'm eating and he's smart to understand to wait until later.

I really like the Purebites freeze-dried chicken breast treats - he's been having that since he was a young puppy. So I give him a couple at bed time to make going into the crate a happy yummy experience.
That’s our Leo in the profile pic. He’s a great little dog but absolutely has moments of “selective hearing” if we are asking for something he doesn’t want to do! Wouldn’t trade him for anything!
 

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Leo is so handsome.

Same here - some moments, he'll refuse to listen, other times, it's "Rex" level of smarts! (from the tv show "Hudson & Rex" - or the older "Commissaire Rex" show)

I wouldn't trade my boy either - he's the reason I'm trying to get a concealed carry permit (to guard from predators on walks)
 

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Leo is so handsome.

Same here - some moments, he'll refuse to listen, other times, it's "Rex" level of smarts! (from the tv show "Hudson & Rex" - or the older "Commissaire Rex" show)

I wouldn't trade my boy either - he's the reason I'm trying to get a concealed carry permit (to guard from predators on walks)
Leo says “thank you”! Eek about predators on walks!!
 

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Tucker got bedtime snacks because in addition to me liking to give him a little spoiling, he needed it physically. He would throw up bile during the night or early morning and not feel good for hours later if he didn't have something in his tummy to get him through the night. I liked Charlie Bears, too, or a couple chunks of freeze dried dog food. As he aged he needed a little more quantity, but never as much as a meal.
 

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Counting down the days until Willy comes home. Xpen set up with grated “potty”. Crate here but not yet assembled. ALMOST all other stuff ordered.

Question today: what kind of bedtime treats do people give when puppy goes into his crate? Same as training treat or something extra special?
What do you mean by grated potty? Not familiar with the term. Thanks
 

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Tucker got bedtime snacks because in addition to me liking to give him a little spoiling, he needed it physically. He would throw up bile during the night or early morning and not feel good for hours later if he didn't have something in his tummy to get him through the night. I liked Charlie Bears, too, or a couple chunks of freeze dried dog food. As he aged he needed a little more quantity, but never as much as a meal.
My son’s hound is like that… all he needs is a Milk Bone dog biscuit… but he needs SOMETHING in his tummy overnight!
 
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Counting down the days until Willy comes home. Xpen set up with grated “potty”. Crate here but not yet assembled. ALMOST all other stuff ordered.

Question today: what kind of bedtime treats do people give when puppy goes into his crate? Same as training treat or something extra special?
As with many Havs, Ellie has lost many teeth. A few years ago I found Plaque Off chewables in the shape of a dog bone. They are on the vet dental recommended list. So at bedtime she gets one of those (actually 1/2 for her weight). She has come to expect it kind of like a bedtime snack or treat. And from my perspective it's the closest I can come to having her brush her teeth last thing before she goes to sleep. They seem to be helping plaque buildup.
 

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Krandall recommends Pet Awesome Dog Potty tray. I got mine on Amazon. It describes using a pee pad but Karen and others indicate that pine pellets (Tractor Supply Co. ~$7 for 40 lbs.) work much better.
There are also others that have become available since I bought these that I think would work fine. I wouldn’t buy one any smaller than this or any shallower than this. I keep going back to this because they are reasonably priced and I know they work. They seem to hold up well with repeated washings too.
 
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