Crate training involves confining your puppy temporarily to a small area that he will treat as a “den”; where he will spend time sleeping, resting, playing, and eating. It is a basic and significant component of many puppy training programs.
By nature, canines don’t like soiling their dens. When placing your puppy in a crate, make sure you understand his body clock especially when it comes to attending to the call of nature. You should know when to take him out of the crate and bring him to his designated potty area. Be quick to offer positive reinforcement when he does his thing in the right place.
The ultimate goal of short-term confinement inside his crate is to help your puppy develop bladder and bowel control. Your puppy won’t like his den soiled, so instead of peeing or pooping whenever he feels like it, he will try his best not to eliminate inside the crate until such time that he will be brought to the potty area.
Your puppy should not be allowed to run free inside the house while he is under housetraining. Until your pet is completely housetrained, allowing him to gain access anywhere in the house will have you dealing with piles and puddles everywhere.
Crate training is best undertaken when you are at home to supervise your pet and take him out to the potty area during specific times to attend to the call of nature. One secret of successful training is establishing a routine that is consistently followed, to help reduce your puppy’s chances of having accidents inside the house or in other places other than the designated potty area.
By keeping a journal of your puppy’s toilet habits, you will be able to map out a routine which is very useful in avoiding accidents. However, just like any training regimens for puppies, you should arm yourself with lots of patience to deal with mistakes and accidents properly and avoid instilling fear and confusion in your pet.
Pet owners should be aware that crate training should never be taken for granted. You should never look at the crate as a place to confine your pet for extended periods of time. Leaving your puppy inside his crate for too long will only force him to eliminate inside, setting back your housetraining process almost back to square one. It should be noted though that confinement is different from crate training.
One of the best inputs that complement a training regimen is positive reinforcement. Your puppy will always look forward to training sessions if you are quick to offer rewards and lavish praise for expected behavior. Positive reinforcement can make the training easier and help hasten the process of learning.