How To Potty Train A Puppy With A Crate

How To Potty Train A Puppy With A Crate

This is part 7 in my in-depth 13 part Guide To Home training.

There are many methods of house training, some more reliable than others.

So although utilizing a dog crate as part of your home training process isn’t important, I do recommend it because it’s EXTREMELY efficient at speeding up the procedure and unquestionably makes it easier … and cleaner!

In this short article I discuss why a cage is so useful, how to use a crate to house train a puppy along with deal a couple of pointers on what NOT to do when using a crate during home training.

However before I begin, let’s briefly address the first concern on lots of people’s minds when they initially hear the word ‘crate’:.

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Is Using A Dog Crate Cruel?
How Is A Crate So Useful For House Training?
Crating Uses A Puppy’s Natural Instincts In Your Favor.
More Opportunities To Praise Eliminating In The Correct Spot.
A Crate Removes Opportunities To Eliminate In The Wrong Places.
Crating Teaches Your Puppy Bladder And Bowel Control.
How To Prepare A Crate For House Training A Puppy.
The Crate Needs To Be The Correct Size.
Where You Should Put The Crate.
How To Use A Crate During House Training.
Cage Your Puppy Around Their Regular Toilet Times.
Crating Your Puppy If You’re Busy And Can not Watch Them.
What NOT To Do When Using A Crate For House Training.
Is Using A Crate For House Training Suitable For You?
Can You House Train A Puppy Without Using A Crate?
Last Thoughts On Using A Crate To House Train A Puppy.
My Complete House Training Program.
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Is Using A Dog Crate Cruel?

Many people recoil in scary at the thought of ‘locking their canine in a cage.’.

However dogs have a natural denning impulse and feel safe and safe in small enclosed spaces. A cage offers just such a place for them.

Moreover, utilized properly a cage is far from terrible and has numerous benefits to provide both a dog and their owner.

A dog crate isn’t just a helpful tool to speed up discovering throughout house training, it keeps your puppy safe in the house and throughout travel, protects your possessions, prevents bad habits forming and gives a canine a location to call their own that they can get away to when they require some solitude.

A cage can just be cruel if an owner misuses it in a cruel method. It’s the individual who is cruel, not the tool they chose to use for ruthlessness.

For an in-depth discussion on the advantages of using a crate and whether their usage is vicious or not, I advise you to please read my short article: Why use a canine cage– and is it harsh to crate a pet?

Furthermore you might also like to check out ‘How To Use a Dog Crate– When and When NOT To Crate Your Dog’ to get a true sense of when and why it’s useful, in addition to when you shouldn’t utilize it so you’re never ever unreasonable or inhumane.

Trust me, training your dog to utilize a cage is one of the best things you can do!

Now I’ve got that out the method …
How Is A Crate So Useful For House Training?

If you remove back home training to the two most effective bare necessary principles they are this:.

You wish to praise and reward your puppy for going to toilet in the location you’ve picked as their bathroom area, generally outdoors (though the exact same concepts look for restroom areas inside.).
You require to prevent your young puppy from going to toilet anywhere you do not desire them to go, typically anywhere inside the house.

Each time you can praise them for entering the appropriate area is encouragement for them to do so again.

Whenever you prevent them going in the wrong area assists avoid them forming bad habits.

Ultimately, not eliminating inside while always going outdoors to their bathroom area ends up being a habit. Routine then ends up being a lifestyle and after that your young puppy is house trained.

However any time a puppy gets away with getting rid of someplace they shouldn’t, is an opportunity missed for nurturing the practice of going where they should.

Not only this however when they enter the wrong area, the reward of ‘satisfying the urge to eliminate’ is enough to teach them that easing themselves anywhere remains in fact an advantage. So their house training gets confused and takes more time.

The absolute quickest method to get a young puppy home trained is to have your puppy toilet in the ideal area every single time and to NEVER have them toilet anywhere else.

Undoubtedly this is impossible to achieve, but the closer you can get to this perfect, the quicker your puppy will learn.

And the way to get as close as possible to this perfect is by the use of a cage.

However how does a dog crate allow us to do this?
Crating Uses A Puppy’s Natural Instincts In Your Favor.

Dogs have a natural instinct to keep their den clean. And they see the location in which they rest and sleep as their den.

Crate training your young puppy teaches them their cage is their den, for that reason tapping into their natural impulse to want to keep it clean, especially by not urinating or defecating in there.

After all, no pet dog wants to lay and sleep in their own mess.

So when you can not supervise your puppy, you can use their natural impulses in your favor by putting them in their cage.

They will not get rid of however will wait on you to come and release them, at which point you can take them to their toilet area.

This has two advantages …
More Opportunities To Praise Eliminating In The Correct Spot.

Place your young puppy in their crate while you’re momentarily busy and they will hold it.

Then when you’re all set to take them out, you can take them to their restroom spot and since they’ve held it in, they will be ready to go.

This offers you the chance to applaud and reward them for doing the best thing more frequently which motivates repeat performances.
A Crate Removes Opportunities To Eliminate In The Wrong Places.

When supervising your puppy, you try to find signs of them wanting to eliminate and after that take them to their restroom spot.

It’s when you can’t watch them that the majority of ‘mishaps’ occur. But put them in the cage at these times and they will hold it in, waiting to be released.

So crating dramatically cuts down on the variety of chances your pup needs to make mistakes.

By properly applying methods of supervision and crating, hypothetically speaking you can avoid your pup from ever pottying inside your home at all!
Crating Teaches Your Puppy Bladder And Bowel Control.

When a pup’s really young, they simply sort of ‘leak’. They do not understand it’s coming, they can not assist it, they have absolutely no physical control and when it occurs it surprises them as much as anybody.

Then as a puppy ages and their bodies grow, they can begin to ‘hold it’ for a little while.

However due to the fact that they’ve grown from birth just ‘leaking’, then advanced to getting rid of when and wherever they feel the urge with their mother and likely their breeder tidying up after them, they simply don’t understand that they can or perhaps must hold it.

When you put your pup in the crate and the ‘desire to go’ comes, they will try to hold it as long as they perhaps can so they do not filthy their den.

This teaches the young puppy that when the urge comes, they can really hold it and don’t have to alleviate themselves right away.

This can make a HUGE distinction in the speed of your puppy’s home training.
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How To Prepare A Crate For House Training A Puppy.

First of all, you shouldn’t position any food or water in the crate. Your pup will drink and eat and this will cause the need to eliminate.

Just as importantly, you have to consider the size of the crate and where you must position it.
The Crate Needs To Be The Correct Size.

In order to make the most of your pup’s impulse to keep their den clean, the crate needs to be of a particular size relative to their body size.

A cage that’s too large will enable your pup to use one end as a bed room and the other end as a toilet.

This not just fails to benefit from their denning impulse, but it can definitely destroy that impulse too if they repeatedly utilize one end of the cage as a bathroom.

A crate should only be big enough for them stand directly without being constrained, rest on their side with legs stretched out and have the ability to turn around easily.

For a detailed guide on the size and design of crate you need for a Labrador (and in fact a canine of any breed), please read the following article: What Size Dog Crate Should You Get and Which Type Is Best?
Where You Should Put The Crate.

As discussed throughout my crate training guide, the cage needs to NEVER be used as a penalty.

If you put the cage away from the locations where the household invests their time, the dog crate can start to feel that way to a pup since they want to be near their pack.

So place the crate in the busiest space of your house like the living room or the cooking area, and in some cases move the dog crate to different rooms if the household will invest their time in a different space for the majority of the day.

The last thing you want to do is make your young puppy feel separated and tucked out-of-the-way.
How To Use A Crate During House Training.

To prevent any highly counter-productive accidents occurring inside the crate, before you put your young puppy in you ought to constantly make sure they’ve recently been to their bathroom spot.

Additionally, because they will have held it a while and it’s an opportunity to applaud your young puppy for eliminating in the right spot, the very first thing you need to do when you take your pup out of the crate is carry them to their bathroom area.

I say to bring them due to the fact that many young pups will just ‘let go’ the minute their paws hit the floor outside the crate, however they will not if they’re being brought.

So if you can, please bring them to their restroom spot until they’ve grown a minimum of a little.

Now we understand this, let’s go over the times that you need to crate your puppy to achieve your house training objectives.
Dog crate Your Puppy Around Their Regular Toilet Times.

As talked about in an earlier article on how feeding options make a distinction, you must feed your young puppy to a schedule as this leads to them naturally eliminating to a schedule.

You will very rapidly detect the pattern and once you have, you will then understand the times your puppy requires requiring to their bathroom area.

Now, depending on their age and size, 15 to 25 minutes prior to a regular potty time you should put them in the crate to ensure there’s no mishap in your house.

Once their scheduled time occurs they will be ready to go. Take them to their bathroom area and if they alleviate themselves, praise and reward them, then approve them flexibility beyond the cage until just before their next scheduled time.

If they don’t eliminate, once again depending on their size, put them back into the cage for 5 to 15 minutes and try once again.

Repeat this till they do empty themselves in the proper spot prior to permitting them time beyond the crate.

This prevents the most accidents, while promoting toileting in the right spot as frequently as possible. And as a bonus it cuts out a great deal of unwanted cleaning!:–RRB-.
Crating Your Puppy If You’re Busy And Can not Watch Them.

Take your eye off a young puppy that isn’t yet house trained for even simply a couple of seconds and you have to expect some accidents!

When they don’t yet know any better and their bladder or bowel needs clearing, they will do it right where they stand, or worse desert to a quiet corner and empty themselves there.

And keep in mind, each and every single time they’re able to toilet where they shouldn’t can put your home training back days (or more). AND you’ll have some deep cleaning to do.

( Click here for advice on cleaning away pet stains and smells.).

So, if for any factor you can not offer your young puppy your concentrated attention, you need to very briefly pop them in the crate and they will keep themselves clean.

When on the phone, or responding to the door, taking a shower or putting the kids to bed, pop your young puppy in the crate and you can ensure you will not discover a little present waiting on your return.