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crate used correctly for house training becomes the dogs own private
retreat or den. The pup will seek out the crate when it wants to rest
undisturbed or to feel safe.
A crate's success as a
housebreaking tool is simple, pups will not soil their sleeping area if
they can possibly avoid it. But remember that a pup needs time to play
and has a small bladder. Use the crate when you can't watch your pup,
but don't overuse it.
Crates come in different styles and sizes.
Choose one that will be large enough for an adult dog to lie down,
stand up, and turn around easily. If you plan on traveling with your
pup buy a plastic one with ventilation slits on all four sides.
the crate in a room close to other family members to lessen the pups
anxieties. Move the crate at night to the bedroom so the pup will feel
like a member of the family and so you can hear the pup if it needs to
go out at night.
Remove the puppy's collar before placing it in
the crate. For the first few times the puppy goes in the crate they may
cry or whine. Give a treat when you put it in the crate, close the
door, then leave the room but remain close by. At the first bark,
whine, or howl intervene with a sharp "NO". Your pup should associate
the reprimand with its actions and stop. It may take four or five
tries, but it will eventually settle down and be quiet. Never take the
pup out before she settles down or it will think all it has to do is
keep making noise until you
take her out.
Once the pup is
quiet, keep it in the crate for 30-45 minutes. If it begins to cry,
take it outside to relieve itself. Once that happens, praise the pup,
give it a small treat, and take it back inside and allow it supervised
free time outside the crate. If it starts chewing on something other
than her toys, respond with a sharp "no", take the object away and
replace with a chew toy.
After 15-20 minutes of playtime, put
the pup back into the crate for a nap. Correct the pup if she cries.
Your pup learns through association, so consistency should help it
accept being in the crate after a few times. After about an hour, take
it out again and repeat the process.
Your pup will need to
eliminate directly on waking and shortly after eating or playing. Also,
a very young pup will not be able to hold its urine all night, so be
prepared to take it out during the night.
Put your pup on leash
immediately after letting them out of the crate. Rush your pup to the
door or carry them to avoid an accident. Watch to be sure they finish
once you are outside.
Gradually increase the time your pup is
allowed to play out of the crate after they relieve them self outside,
but always supervise the puppy until they are reliable.
house training is successful your puppy will still want to use the
crate, which comes in handy when you are gone or sleeping so your pup
doesn't get into any trouble when you can't watch them.