If you're looking for a way to housebreak your puppy, a crate is an excellent option.
But if you've never used one before or don't know how to use it effectively, it might seem like an intimidating task. However, there are plenty of resources available online that can help you get started and make sure that your pup has no trouble adjusting to his new home with all its rules and regulations. In this article we'll go over some of our favorite tips for making sure your pup feels comfortable in his new crate so that he'll want to go potty outside every time he needs too!
Selecting the right dog crate
Make sure it's large enough for your puppy to stand and turn around in, but not too large that he is lost in it. A small puppy may need a travel crate with just enough room for him to lie down comfortably, while an adult dog might need one that can hold up to 200 pounds (90 kilograms). If you're buying online or from a pet store, make sure the dimensions are presented clearly on the product page—you want to know what size container you're getting before purchasing anything!
Look for features like Easy-to-clean surfaces and sturdy construction; these will help keep your pup comfortable at home while he waits patiently for his mealtime or playtime!
Placing the crate
If you have a crate, it should be placed in an area of your home that is quiet, but not isolated. Ensure that the temperature in the room with remain moderate and the crate will not be in direct sunlight Place the crate near an exit door so that you can easily take him outside if needed. This will help prevent accidents and make housebreaking easier for both you and your puppy.
Introducing the crate
It's important to introduce your puppy to the crate in a positive way. Say 'Kennel' , place your puppy in the crate and close the door. When you want to get the puppy out of the crate open the door slightly , locate the collar and attach your lead. Then say 'Come' and open the door. As your puppy gets older you can ask him to wait in the kennel with the door open using your 'Stay' command.
You should not force your dog into the crate if he doesn't want to go there. If you do this, it will only cause negative behavior.
Potty training tips for using the crate
Potty training your puppy is a very important part of housebreaking him. It's also one of the most frustrating. The first step in potty training your puppy is making sure that you have the right size crate for him. If you buy an adult-sized crate, it won't work as well for smaller dogs because there is too much space to encourage holding their bladder. The ideal size for a dog crate should be about one third larger than his body length (for example if he weighs 20 pounds then 17 inches would be best). Solid side crates work better than wire cages.
Dogs feel like eliminating about 20 minutes after eating, so this is a great way to begin housebreaking your pup. Bring your puppy out of the crate, give him a chance to potty, then feed him. Don't leave food for him in the crate.
Crate training at night and longer periods of time
If you must use a wire cage, cover your puppy’s crate with a blanket or towel so that he feels secure.
Put the crate in a quiet room where there is no direct sunlight and no loud noises (such as music or TV).
Let him out every hour or so to go to the bathroom, walk around and play, gradually increase the amount of time spent in the crate as the pup grows older.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn about crate training your puppy. There are many resources out there for those looking for more information on the topic. We also have a blog on training your puppy to potty on command. Want to learn more about it or get started yourself, be sure to check out Teaching Your Dog to Eliminate on Command: A simple Way To Make Life Easier