"Happiness Is A Well-Behaved Dog"
If you just added a puppy or dog to your family, you have many questions. First question most people have is how to housetrain their puppy. Regardless of the age or breed of your dog, crate training is a great option. Setting your new dog or puppy up for success is important.
Crate training can be a touchy subject for some dog owners. However, it is typically the most effective way to housebreak your dog with fewer accidents. I love crate training and highly recommend it to all dog owners.
First, we will discuss what a crate is and clear up any misunderstanding’s individuals might have. If your dog is properly crate trained, they will enjoy their crate and view it as a comfortable and secure place for them to relax. A dog that is crate trained properly will freely go to their crate without whining, barking, or showing signs of stress. Dogs feel more secure in smaller palaces vs large spaces. Crates will make your life and your dogs’ life easier. Using a crate correctly is important.
Puppy Training – Puppies need to go outside more often than a dog. Never leave your puppy inside their crate too long, they will use their crate on accident. They can only hold their bladder a few hours. Puppies can typically hold their bladder 1 hour per month of age, but smaller dogs need to go more often. Your puppy will usually let you know when they need to potty. Make sure you listen and watch for their signs. Always give your puppy plenty of time outside their crate to play. Remember to watch them so they don’t have accidents inside your house.
When they wake up – Always take your puppy to potty immediately after they wake up.
Playtime – Your puppy will be happy to see you and have lots of energy when they come out of their crate. Give them plenty of exercise and time outside their crate. Always take them to potty before you put them back in their crate.
Mealtime – After your puppy eats wait about 15-20 minutes and take them to potty. However, some puppy’s potty immediately after eating.
Dog Training – If you adopt a dog or decide to train your dog in a crate when they are older, you need to introduce your dog to the crate a little slower than a puppy. Remember they are older and possibly have not used a crate before. Introduce them in short intervals and make sure each encounter with the crate is positive. They will quickly realize their crate is not a punishment, but a place for them to feel secure and unwind.