Housebreaking Your Puppy
Housebreaking (Crate Training) Your Puppy
One of the most basic lessons that you need to teach your puppy is the correct place to go to the toilet. Crate training is one of the most effective methods of housebreaking your puppy, as long as it’s done properly. Here is a step by step guide to effectively housebreaking your puppy with crate training.
1. Buy a crate that is a suitable size for your puppy, larger breeds need a little more space so that they can move around in the crate.
2. Only put the puppy in the crate when you are able to observe them, or during the night. After every hour they have been in the crate during the day, you should take your puppy outside to give them the chance to go to the toilet. Put your puppy on its leash and take it to its designated toilet spot, give them a few minutes to do their business.
3. If after a few minutes, your puppy has not gone to the toilet, put them back in their crate. However, if they do go, make sure that you immediate shower them with praise or give them a treat. You can now take your puppy back indoors and let them run around.
4. After this free time, you should put your puppy back in its crate and continue with its scheduled hourly toilet breaks.
5. You will soon start to see a pattern forming as to the times that your puppy goes to the toilet. This is one of the reasons why you should have a set daily feeding time for your puppy.
6. Once your puppy has formed a routine, you can start corresponding toilet breaks with these times. Because you know the likely times that they will want to go to the toilet, your puppy needed be created all day, but rather only for an hour prior to their scheduled break.
7. Consistency is key when training your puppy, and they will soon learn that when they go outside it is time to go to the toilet, by this stage you will no longer have to place your puppy in the cage.
8. If you are not able to be at home with your puppy during the day, you should not confine your puppy to the crate, nor let them be free in the house. Instead, you should confine them to a single room, such as the bathroom or laundry, so that the distinction between the crate and the room is maintained by your puppy.
9. Of course, it’s important to remember that during toilet training, your puppy is likely to have the occasional accident. The most important thing to do if this happens is not to punish them. Dogs naturally feel scared and intimidated when threatened by their owners, so it’s far better to adopt an attitude of positive reinforcement when your puppy does the right thing.
10. If your puppy continually goes to the toilet in the house, simply revisit the earlier steps of crate training until they understand what you are trying to teach them.
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