Housetraining Your Dog - A Definitive Guide HTML version
Crate Training
Crate training is simply putting your dog into a crate at times when you cannot watch him
every second during housetraining, you leave home, you want him to sleep, you need
him to be or feel safe, you are traveling with him (even to the vet), or you need more
control over his behavior.
Crate training is important for dogs that will
be left alone for periods of time or who will
be boarded at a place where they will be
crated. It is useful for restricting your new
dog from access to various areas of the
house. This will be helpful in keeping him
from soiling those parts of the house while
he is being housetrained. It will also keep
him from chewing things he should not
chew until he gets past that stage of life.
Crates are a big help while traveling as well.
There are several types of crates – wire, plastic, nylon fabric, and combination. Some
are collapsible and some simply come apart in two pieces.
cue word you’ve chosen to mean ‘go potty’ and give him ample time to potty.
efore asking your dog to enter the crate, ALWAYS take him to his potty place, use the
ome important facts about crate training:
Puppies should not spend more than 2 hours at a time in a crate.
Make sure your dog is getting plenty of exercise and time out of the crate.
Do NOT crate him all day while you are at work AND all night.
Dogs should never be in a crate more than 8-10 hours of any 2
4 hours.
The crate is a POSITIVE, happy, safe place. Keep it that way
Paper Training
This method can be u
dogs have too much urine and too much odor to their urine to be able to soak it up by
papers. It would also make the papers too heavy and wet to fold up and put into the
sed as a temporary method if the weather is bad. Medium or large
dog’s papering area. Do not select an area with a hardwood floor.
elect a convenient place like basement, bathroom or utility room in your home as the
space. Use the appropriate schedule for housetraining, but use the papers as her “potty
place” and take her to them every couple of hours. Always praise her if she potties there.
Do not try to train your dog to potty outdoors and indoors at the same time. Do not feed
tart with papering large areas and gradually as your dog gets used to it, reduce the
or play with your dog near the indoor place where he is supposed to potty. Be consistent
and patient – indoor housetraining takes longer than outdoor.