Crate Training a Puppy

Crate training is the 2nd most common form of potty training a puppy. Crate training encourages a puppy to control his bowel and bladder. The theory is that a puppy does not like to pee and poop where he eats and sleeps, so this forces a puppy to hold it in. Crate training a puppy is a great alternative to potty training if you are not fond of the idea of your doing soiling the house during the learning process. Here are some tips on how to properly crate train a puppy.

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1. Buy a crate that is the right size. The crate should be just big enough to fit your dog when he lays down. If you have a small puppy that will grow into a big dog, then get a crate the has a divider that you can move as he gets bigger. Something like THIS one.

2. Don't expect a young puppy to hold in their pee or poop for a long time. A puppy under 4 months old will only be able to hold it in for about 4 hours, maybe a little longer at night. So start with a few hours at a time.

3. Crate your dog when you are home and can't keep an eye on him. The last thing you want is an unnecessary accident to happen, when it's totally your fault and not your puppy's.

4. Take him outside frequently when you start potty training. This is a great way to make good progress. Take him out whenever you have a chance. If you won't be home for a few hours, then make sure you have someone that can help you take your dog out. Crate training a puppy takes some work an effort in the beginning.

5. Get a guide or program to help you when you are struggling. There's nothing wrong with following a guide or getting some help from someone that knows what they are doing. I recommend the perfect pooch system. Not only will it show you how to crate train your puppy, but it also covers just about everything you will be faced with as a dog owner, unnecessary chewing and barking, commands and obedience, biting, and so much more.

Crate training a puppy has many great benefits, but starting this journey can be stressful and overwhelming. Use these tips to help, or get a puppy program when it gets tough. Good luck and enjoy your new puppy!

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