Why Crate Train Your Puppy?
Because it's a Proven Method
for House training Your Dog
So you want to crate train your puppy?
This is a good decision since crate training has been proven to be one
of the most effective ways to potty train a new puppy. It can take
anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks and should always have a positive association for the dog.
crate (or kennel) is really just a travel carrier. Dogs instinctively
want to keep their sleeping area clean which makes crate training an
easier method for housetraining.
Tips to Crate Train Puppy Successfully:
- When you crate train your puppy, make sure to choose a crate big enough
for your dog to stand up and move comfortably, but not so big that he
has plenty of room to relieve himself away from his sleeping area.
Make sure you choose a size that will be able to hold your puppy's
adult size. You can just block off any extra space in the crate so
your dog can't eliminate at one end and then sleep and play at the other
- Make the crate a place your dog will want
to be – keep his favorite toys, bones and blankets in there. Puppies
actually like to sleep in small close places so this is not a
- Introduce the crate in a positive
way and reward him when he goes inside. Don’t use it as
punishment; like sending a child to his room without supper.
your pup in the crate with the door open. After a while when your
dog is comfortable, you can close the door. Once again,
this will give your puppy a positive association with the crate.
the crate near you when you’re at home and put it in your
bedroom while you’re sleeping so he is assured that you’re close by.
Your puppy will do much better if he knows you are near-by.
increase the length of time you leave your dog in the crate. Reward
him for entering the crate and for good behavior while in there.
You can stay outside the crate with him for a while and then just go
about your business and leave the dog alone in there for longer periods.
Do this several times throughout the day.
you’re training your dog, it’s important to have him sleep in the crate
in the evenings instead of with you in your bed. For many dog owners
this is one of the hardest things to do. Don’t give in during this
initial training period or it will just delay success. It is okay, and
even recommended, that you keep the crate in the same room with you at
- If your dog starts barking or whining DO
NOT GIVE IN. This is essential to crate train a puppy successfully. This
is the hardest part of housetraining your dog. How can you not want to
pick up that cute little puppy and comfort him when he’s so obviously
miserable? But giving in at this stage is the worst thing you can do
for your dog. If he thinks that barking will get him what he wants you
will never have a well behaved dog. One or two sleepless nights are easy to overcome but years of bad dog behavior are not. The shelters are full of tragic stories that could have been prevented with just some consistent training efforts.
your dog on a consistent schedule for outside potty breaks. If you
don’t give your dog the opportunity to get into trouble you won’t have
to correct bad dog behavior.
If crate training isn’t for you or your dog, you can get similar
results by potty training your dog in a confined area in your house. I
actually trained Luc this way by confining him with a baby gate in a
small room in the house. Bathrooms and laundry rooms are great choices
because of the small size and they’re generally easy to clean (no
Some dogs don’t do well being enclosed in a room
behind closed doors. They don’t like feeling isolated so a crate or baby
gate is probably a better option since it allows your dog to feel more
secure and not excluded from the rest of the family.
Favorite house training tips from other Coton owners
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