Time to train your new puppy. You pull out your new puppy checklist and notice that many dog trainers recommend using a puppy park. But it seems to you like putting your puppy in jail. Is it cruel to use a puppy playpen when training your puppy?
If your life is busy, you will find that a puppy park is an essential piece of equipment for raising a well-balanced and well-behaved puppy.
The first reason is that a puppy park will allow you to take short breaks to relax away from your pet. This is important because you know how frustrating a new puppy can be, and it is vital to be relaxed and consistent when training your new puppy.
Second, a puppy park teaches your animal self-control. Dogs that live with humans need to be taught to lie down and relax when no one wants the time to pay attention to them. When you put your pet in a puppy playpen, the dog has limited options for activity and will quickly learn to calm down.
If you introduce your puppy to your park at a very young age, he will accept it as part of life and really enjoy it. If your puppy is older, introduce him to your park by leaving the door open and placing a bed inside where he can sleep when he is tired. Drop some treats into the pen and slowly and calmly close the door behind him while he enjoys his treats.
Talk to your puppy often when he’s in the pen and he’ll enjoy being there.
When your dog is free to roam, you are not there to supervise him. As a result, bad behavior is not corrected and your pet does not learn good behavior. A puppy park prevents this wandering and prevents your pup from getting into all sorts of shenanigans, like chewing on electrical cords, stealing shoes from her closet – well, you get the idea.
Remember to include chew toys on your new puppy’s checklist. That way, when you put him in his playpen, you can put a couple of chew toys with him. You can safely leave it there as long as you can’t focus on it. When you let your puppy out, you are there to teach him what is right and what is wrong, and this is good for your pup. Why? It is because you are rewarded for your good behavior and taught to learn from your bad behavior. This makes the training process easier, faster, and less painful for your puppy.
A puppy playpen is NOT a jail. Don’t use it as punishment when your puppy has misbehaved. If your puppy does something wrong, correct him and show him what you want him to do. Then compliment him when he does.
Do not leave your puppy in the park for long periods, never more than two hours. As much time and attention should be given outside the pen as possible.
Is it a cruel puppy park? Not if used correctly. In fact, when used correctly, it can not only give you the necessary time away from your pet, but it can also be a great tool for teaching your puppy proper behavior. Without a doubt, when reviewing your new puppy’s checklist, don’t forget to include a puppy playpen.