House Training and Crate Training Basics
Tips for House Training a Puppy
How Crate Training Helps House Train a PuppyCrate training may not be everyone's first choice, however, it can help get your pup on an easy to keep schedule. There are also many benefits associated with crate training your puppy such as giving them a safe place to go when you are unable to watch them and giving them a place to relax when they are stressed.
How to Crate Train a Puppy
- Make sure your crate/cage is properly sized for your puppy.
- Do not put food or water in the cage.
- Take your puppy outside immediately after you open the cage.
- Whenever your puppy is not being watched by a responsible family member, they should be in the cage. You might also want to have a leash on your puppy and loop it through your belt or keep it on your wrist so they can’t wander off to go potty when you aren’t watching them.
- Like most training, house training is about consistency and positive reinforcement. Use specific commands to tell your puppy what you want them to do and use the same command all the time. For example, say “Outside” when it’s time to go out to potty. Once you’re there, pick another word or short phrase like “Hurry Up” or “Find a spot” as a command for them to do their business.
- If you keep your puppy leashed when they are outside, you will make certain they are actually going potty when they are outside. If we just let the puppy out in the yard unattended, they may easily get distracted and forget to go. Then when they come back inside and have an accident, we can’t understand it! After all, they were just outside!
- As soon as your puppy goes to the bathroom, praise them!! Let the puppy know that was exactly what you wanted them to do. Then take them back inside right away so they only associate the word “outside” with going potty. A few minutes later you can take them out to play if you wish.
Cleaning Up Puppy Accidents
Renee Jones, CPDT-KSA, is a certified professional dog trainer, having received instruction from canine behaviorist Dr. Pamela Reid, plus nationally acclaimed trainers: Patricia McConnell, Pia Silvani, and Jean Donaldson, to name a few. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She serves as a Pet Marketing and Canine Specialist for JeffersPet.
Questions about this article, training or non-emergent health concerns are welcome. Renee can be reached most days from 9am – 5pm Central Time (Mon-Fri) at 1-800-JEFFERS (533-3377) ext 381 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information given here is meant to be helpful and/or educational. It is, in no way, intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a licensed veterinarian.
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