How to Crate Train your New Puppy

HeatherT514 By HeatherT514, 5th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Easily housebreak your new puppy with these simple tips and tricks.

Potty Training the Pooch

Puppies are not born knowing that the carpet is not the best place to go potty. It is up to the owner to teach them this; and one of the easiest ways to do that is by using the crate-training technique. This is a very simple and quick way to get Muffin house trained.

While you may feel like you are condemning your puppy to a small prison, don't fret! The kennel will become your dogs safe place. Dogs are "den" animals, and even in the wild, they tend to find small areas in which to lay down. Your dog will feel like it is their zone, their territory, and thus feel the most comfortable and relaxed there.

The kennel is the key element in crate-training. You must ensure you are providing the right sized crate. Although most dogs will not go potty where they sleep, there is always that handful of rebels that will. You should find a crate that will be just big enough for your puppy to stand to full height, and turn themselves completely around. Anything more than that will give them to much room, and should they have the urge to go, they will use one corner as the bathroom, while they sleep in another corner.

Because your puppy does not know that the carpet is a no-no, you need to help them develop a preference to grass. Where is the grass? Yes, it's outside, exactly where your new puppy needs to be! But don't just open the door for Sparky. If you do it that way, soon enough you will be finding little unwanted land mines all over your yard! Instead, when you take your pup out of the cage, attach their leash to them immediately, and take them directly outside. Don't let them stop on the way! Mark an area of your yard off, and designate this as the potty area. This will be your first stop when you go outside. You will not leave this spot, until your dog has done their business. Once they have, you should reward them with a lot of praise, and a small, soft treat the size of the your fingernail on your pinkie.

When inside, your puppy should be given some time to explore his/her new home. However this time should be limited to about 15 minutes of free time. This free time should never go unsupervised, even for a minute, since accidents can happen in seconds. When the free time is up, either put your pup back in their kennel, or take them outside for some fun.

Watch your pup and look at their behavior right before they go potty. Most common behaviors include circling, pacing, or excessive sniffing. If inside, they may even attempt to sneak out of the room.

After you have taken note of your puppy's pattern, you should watch them closely, not only when they are inside during free time, but also outside during play time. If at any time, you see your puppy exhibiting his/her potty behavior, quickly attach their leash and guide them to the potty area. Once again, do not leave that area until they have done their business. Be sure to praise and reward them!

Expect that accidents will happen. If you see an accident in progress, do not yell. A simple firm, sharp NO in the sternest voice you can muster will do. Grab your puppy up and take them immediately to their potty area. Do this even if you think they completely emptied their bladder. If they surprise you and go more, reward them with praise and a treat.

If you come across an older accident, unfortunately you are basically only on clean-up duty. The time for correction has already passed. Bringing your puppy to the spot, and either rubbing their nose in it, telling them no, or hitting them (which you should never do) will have no effect on them. They will not understand the message you are trying to send.

Keep in mind, any cleaning product you use should contain no ammonia. To a dog, ammonia smells like urine, and will make them think another dog has been in your home. If you have dogs already in the home, now they will want to urinate there also. You should use only a cleaner that breaks down the enzymes in urine, and thus completely eliminates the smell. These cleaners can be purchased at a local pet store.

Consistency is another key element in crate-training. Take your puppy out often i.e. after walks, playtime, or drinking. Be sure to take them outside after eating, as most dogs will have a bowel movement in roughly 20 minutes. During the first few days, you should have a goal to get them outside every hour. You can gradually increase the time they stay in the cage as they start to learn to hold it. But, realize that a small dog will certainly not be able to hold it as long as a large breed puppy can. Adjust your times with that in mind.

When you follow these simple guidelines, your pup could be completely house trained in as little as 7 to 10 days, depending on your consistency level, and your dogs natural intelligence. Good luck and congratulations on your new family member!

* Yes, treats should be only the size of your pinkie fingernail, and soft. Why? Because your puppy basically has the attention span of a two year old child. If it takes them two to three minutes to eat it, odds are they will forget why they got it!

* If you find yourself with one of those rare stubborn pups, and you have a hard time house training them, consult one of your local dog trainers. They are an endless source of information, and most will freely give advice away!

* Never hit your dog for any reason!


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I am a single, work from home mom of two. I began writing at a very young age, and now use my love of writing to support myself and my children.

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5th Oct 2012 (#)

Great advice for owners of a new puppy.

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