If you’re thinking about crate training a puppy, here’s a few things you should know.
It’s a dog’s natural instinct, as a den animal, to want a place to sleep as well as provide a safe refuge for them, and a crate will give them that den like comfort.
My Shih Tzu dogs like to rest under the bed, but do use their crates when we go on vacation, or when we have a lot of company over.
My thought is it is a self imposed time out, away from all the craziness of people coming and going, talking and laughing loudly, or dancing.
It's their quiet time and safe place.
Plus on the rare occasion they misbehave, it can be used as a place to give them time out.
You’ll probably hear from people who will say “Crate training is horrible; the whole HOUSE should be their crate,” but honestly, that’s’ not always practical.
Like when you’re potty training a puppy, a crate is very effective.
Perhaps you work outside the home, and it’s simply not possible for you to be there all the time to put your puppy out, bring the dog in, put the dog out, bring the dog in… you get the idea.
Crate training a puppy is quite simply the easiest, most successful method of potty training.
Ideally, you’ll begin by crating most of the time.
This is simply because your puppy is going to think that if he’s in the same room with you, every corner is a potential potty zone if you’re not looking.
And once he or she messes in that corner, and gets away with it, that’s going to be the go-to spot no matter how much you clean.
You might not be able to smell the potty place after you’ve cleaned it, but your dogs nose is about a thousand times more sensitive than yours, and you can bet that he or she will remember.
Begin your crate training by being in the same place with your dog for as long as possible.
Ideally, new puppy owners should take a few days off work to begin training.
Put your puppy in the crate with the door closed and take him out every hour, to the spot where you want them to potty.
If your training your puppy to do his business indoors, choose which room like the bathroom or mudroom, and put down some potty pads or newspapers for him to go on.
Your puppy will want to keep the place where he or she sleeps clean, and will learn to hold it until you take them out.
So crating, which is where they sleep, results in fewer accidents.
Make sure to take your puppy out first thing every morning, last thing at night, and any other time that he or she even looks like it might be a good time to potty.
How do you know? Circling and sniffing are signs that your baby wants to go.
You should always water and feed at the same time every day.
Puppies learn quickly how to follow a schedule, and if he or she is fed and watered at the same time, potty time will also happen predictably.
If your puppy doesn’t potty immediately upon going out, take him inside and cuddle, but don’t put the baby down on the floor – this is a signal to relieve the bowels and bladder.
Take him or her outside, wait five minutes, and repeat as necessary.
Since your puppy is not a robot, it is pretty much guaranteed, he will have accidents in the house.
And when that happens, the last thing you should do is become angry or scold him, this is especially true if you don't catch him right when he is doing his deed.
That won’t encourage going outside – it’s just going to tell him that it would be better to hide the accident somewhere that you can’t see it.
Whether you’re paper-training or backyard training, if you use these tips when crate training a puppy, you’ll be assured of a clean home and a happy puppy.
You can’t ask for much more than that.