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House training – crate method

If you have decided to use a crate for your puppy this can be really helpful when it comes to house training. It simply means making sure that during short periods, when you cannot monitor your puppy, you to prevent them from going to the bathroom in the house by restricting them to their crate.

As we know, dogs don’t like to naturally foul their sleeping and eating areas, so they are less likely to use their crate as a toilet. Of course, your puppy must be given regular opportunities to go out and relieve themselves.



For this method of toilet training to work effectively, you must have the time to let your puppy out regularly so should not be used if you have to leave your puppy for longer periods of time. Overnight it may be necessary to provide an area in the crate for puppy to toilet, particularly while he/she is very young. A puppy pad is preferable. If you are doing this then you should always remove the pad or paper during the daytime, so it does not become the norm for them to use the crate as their toilet.

Some families manage to work out a routine whereby puppy is never left for long periods without one member of the family giving them the opportunity to go outside to toilet. If you can achieve this then it’s really is the best way of house training as your puppy will always get into the habit of toileting outside; as they get older and gain more control of their bladder and bowels, it will be possible to leave them for gradually longer periods.

In reality most owners probably use a combination of crate and pad training, however it must be emphasized that consistency is likely to be the single most important factor influencing the puppy’s ability to learn.

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Fiona Whelan ~ Pet Behaviourist

Fiona has been working at the Training and Behaviour Centre as a behaviour specialist since 2002, and previously ran her own training and behaviour establishment in Lincolnshire for seven years so has a wealth of experience as a behaviour counsellor.