Housetraining Your Dog - A Definitive Guide by Ruff Sitwell - HTML preview

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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

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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.


Before asking your dog to enter the crate, ALWAYS take him to his potty place, use the cue word you’ve chosen to mean ‘go potty’ and give him ample time to potty.


Some 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 24 hours.


• The crate is a POSITIVE, happy, safe place. Keep it that way