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Crate Training Your Puppy

Crate training is one of the most efficient and effective ways to train a puppy.  


The single most important aspect of puppy training is that you reward and praise your puppy when they chew their own toys instead of the couch or eliminates outisde instead of in the house.  The more time you spend with your puppy, the quicker and easier it will be to train her.


The key to house training is to establish a routine that increases the chances that your puppy will eliminate in the right place in your presence, so that she can be praised and rewarded; and decreases the chances that your puppy will eliminate in the wrong place so that she will not develop bad habbits.


It is important that you make provisions for your puppy when you are not home.  Until your puppy is housetrained, she should not be allowed free run of your house.  Otherwise she will develop a habit of leaving piles and puddles  anywhere and everywhere. 


Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a puppy.  Puppies do not like to soil their resting /sleeping quarters if given adequate oppurtunity to eliminate elsewhere.  Temporarily confining your puppy to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate.  However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training. If you pupy does not eliminate while she is confined, then she will need to eliminate when she is released, i.e., she eliminates when you are present to reward her.


Short term confinement to a crate is intended to inhibit your puppy from eliminating when confined, so that she will want to eliminate when released from confinement and taken to an appropriate area.  Crate training also helps teach your puppy to have bladder and bowel control.  Instead of going whenever she feels like it, she learns to hold it and go at a convenient scheduled times.


Crate training should not be abused, otherwise the problem will get drastically worse.  The crate is not intended as a place to lock up the puppy and forget her for extended periods of time.  If your pupppy soils her crate because you left her there too long the house training process will be set back several weeks if not months.


When you take your puppy outside, if she does not eliminate within the allotted time period, simply return her to the crate.  If she does perform, then immediately reward her with praise, food treats, affection, play, an extended walk and permission to run around and play in the house for a couple of hours.  Never give your puppy free run of your home unless you kow her bowels and bladder are empty.  If your puppy does not go the bathroom when you take her out, simply put her back in the crate, wait ten minutes and take her out again.


Once you know what time of day your puppy usually needs to eliminate, you can begin taking her out at those times instead of every couple of hours.   After she has eliminated, she can have free, but supervised, run of your house.


With your consistency and abundance of rewards and praise for eliminating outside, she will becom more reliable about holding it until you take her out. 





If you ever find an accident in the house, just clean it up.  Do not punish your puppy.  All this means is that you have given her unsupervised access to your house too soon.  Until she can be trusted, don't give her unsupervised free run of yor house.  If mistakes and accidents occur, it is best to go back to the crate training.  You need to more accurately predict when puppy needs to eliminate and she needs more time to develop bladder and bowel control.

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