Crate Training A Puppy

Written by Liza Hartung
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Crate training a puppy is one of the quickest and most effective ways to train your new pet. Dogs do not like to soil the place that they know as their sleeping or resting areas. It is out of their nature. Therefore, as your puppy is in the crate, he is less likely to eliminate than if he is not in the crate. He will gain bladder control. However, with young puppies, you will need to take them out of the crates about every 45 minutes.

When you let him out of the crate, put a leash on him right away and do not hesitate taking him to the toilet area. This could be outside or a dog potty or whatever you have chosen. Give your puppy a few minutes to eliminate. If he does not, return him to the crate and try again in a little bit. If he does eliminate, praise and reward your puppy for doing the right thing.

Crate Training a Puppy for Quick Housebreaking

Know that crate training a puppy is a method of housebreaking. The crate is not a place to leave your puppy for extended periods of time. If you do this and your puppy eliminates in his crate, the training process will be set back weeks or even months. When you leave the house, put him in a puppy-proof room lined with newspaper.

While you are crate training a puppy, you will begin to notice that your puppy starts to develop an elimination schedule. When this happens, you no longer need to take him out every 45 minutes. Start to take him out near the times he usually eliminates. Your puppy will eventually get into this schedule and you will no longer need the crate. You can just take him out when it is about that time.

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