My motto is be flexible and love the baby, but if a more serious
career than just a family pet is in store for you baby, you
probably should listen to the more experienced professional Maltese
owners. Have fun!
Dogs in the wild live in dens. The den provides dogs protection form their predators and the weather. It also provides them with a great deal of security and psychological satisfaction. This is why all dogs have a natural desire to be in a shelter such as we are speaking of here.
In our homes, a dog doesn't have such a place of his/her on. This is why a dog will curl up under a table, behind chairs or in corners. By using a dog crate, we are giving back our dog's den right in our own home. In this way we can take advantage of their natural instincts and, with little effort, can housebreak, curtail chewing, and raise a well adjusted pet. Also by using a crate, we can keep our pet safe and out of trouble while we are not at home to supervise them.
When you get your new Maltese puppy home is the time to start the training. Have your new pet use the crate to sleep and rest in. You will notice that without trying your Maltese will almost seem to train himself, seeking out a place of security and comfort. This will be his special place in your home. If your pet seems a little reluctant to use the crate you can put a treat or a toy inside to encourage him to go in. Never force your Maltese into the crate and never use the crate as a means to punish your pet. We always want this crate to be a pleasant place for our pet to go. Remember, we are trying to use this crate as a safe place for our pets, a place where they want to be! When he enters the crate reward him the first few times, he will learn quickly.
It is recommended that you get your new Maltese used to the crate while you are home. Please do not just put him in the crate and then leave. Again we want to make the experience a pleasant one. Keep praising him and he will actually begin to enjoy his "new home".
When buying a crate for your Maltese, don't buy one that will give your pet a "party room". We only want a crate large enough so that the dog can enter, turn around and lay down. If we get a crate to large , then he will be able to use the crate to go to the bathroom in. If it is the proper size, he will not use it in this manner. This is a natural instinct of dogs, they won't go where they can't get away from it. Another words, they won't lay in their own mess.
As your Maltese puppy grows up he will learn that the crate is his special place in the house. When he gets uneasy about something he will naturally go back to his crate where he feels safe and secure. The advantage of buying a plastic crate is that when the puppy becomes an adult, you can remove the door and he is free to use the crate at any time.
Here are some Do's and Don't's for you new Maltese Puppy owners.
1. Don't leave very young puppies in a crate all day. At 8 weeks of age a puppy can go about four in the crate. When puppies are young their urge to releave themselves is greater. As they get older they can go longer periods before they have to go out to releave themselves.
2. Do not use "housebreaking pads" to housebreak your new puppy. We do not want to teach our pets to use our home as a place to go to the bathroom. We do not want to confuse them by saying in the beginning that it's OK then later changing our minds and saying that it's not OK.
3. Don't let a new puppy roam the house while not being supervised. There are alot of dangers lurking for a new puppy in our homes. Please watch them so the stay safe and out of trouble.
4. Don't force your new Maltese puppy into the crate. Make his new "home" a pleasant experience.
5. Don't use the crate as a means of punishment. This is the place we want our new puppy to feel safe in. Make it as pleasant as possible.
6. Do use a crate. This method will make training a breeze. Plus it gives your new pet a place of his own.
7. Do provide a soft washable bedding for his new home.
8. Do enjoy your new pet. With proper training and alot of love you will have a companion for a long time.