Zulu spends quite a bit of time in his play pen, which is a decent size for a 8 week old puppy (3m x 3m).
I would like to include him more around the house, in other ‘designated’ areas, which include:
1: The tiled area to the entrance of the lounge
2: In the kitchen / dinner area
As I have toddlers (and a cheeky kitten), its difficult to let Zulu ‘run wild’ around the house as he will get quite excited with the kids and kitten.
What I have started doing is putting his lead on in the above designated areas and attached the lead to a door handle. I found that he actually sits and behaves very well, plus it allows my kids to roam the house and get comfortably close to Zulu, without him jumping them… it also gives me a little rest as I don’t need to watch the kids, dog and kitten so closely… all in all… I feel this helps tremendously with Zulu’s discipline as well as integrating the whole family.
Every few minutes I reward Zulu for sitting quietly (and occupying himself) as well as reward him for calming down when he’s excited.
What are you views on having your puppy on a lead (like above) outside of his designated areas?