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If your puppy/dog is free to run all over the house, he will go potty whenever he gets the urge instead of learning to hold it. You cannot watch him all the time to prevent this. So set him up for success instead of failure.
Dogs Like to Sleep in a Clean Area. By confining your puppy (or dog) to a “den,” you will inhibit him from peeing or pooping (teach him to hold it) since he will not want to soil his sleeping area. You will be able to accurately predict when he needs to go potty: immediately after being released from confinement.
We recommend you create a cozy den for your puppy out of a dog crate.Make sure the crate is big enough for your puppy or dog to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie on his side, but not so big that it gives him room to pee or poop in there without lying in it.
Line the crate with a towel you have used or a shirt you have worn (so your scent is on it). Make the crate comfortable for your puppy.
Place the crate in a quiet area, away from distractions (not too close to a window or in a high traffic area of your house), but not away from his “pack” (you and your family).
Some people choose to put the crate in their bedroom, but this may interrupt your sleep as the puppy will likely whine (and/or bark) the first few nights.
The next step is to place a chew toy. Let your puppy sniff the chew toy and then place it in the crate. Shut the door with your puppy on the outside. Usually, it takes just a few seconds for your puppy to beg you to open the door and let him inside. Say “crate,” let him into the crate, praise him for going inside, and shut the door. Once he is busy playing with the chew toy, walk away. Return after a few minutes, and open the door. Do not let him take the chew toy out of the crate; take it from him.
Next, tie the chew toy to the inside of the crate and leave the door open. Your puppy can then choose whether he wants to remain outside or go into his crate and start playing with his chew toy. Many puppies choose to rest happily inside the crate and work on the chew toy. He may even fall asleep in there when he’s done. Close the door.
Speaking of sleeping, you will want to put your puppy in the crate when he is sleepy. Encourage him to get into his crate with treats and by saying “crate” when you notice he is about to fall asleep. Close the door after he goes in. If you find him already asleep, pick him up and put him inside, as gently as you can. Close the door.
With several instances of this pre-conditioning, some puppies will quickly accept being confined in their crate at night; others will whine or bark like mad to be let out. Sometimes putting a cover over the crate will help your puppy to settle down and go to sleep.
Ignore a puppy’s immediate whining and barking to be let out, otherwise, you will teach him that whining and barking is the key to getting what he wants (bad idea). Most puppies will settle down after a few minutes and go to sleep.
If he starts whining after being quiet for a while, he may need to go potty. You should take him outside, but do not let him out of the crate as he’s whining. Wait a moment to see if his whining pauses, and then quickly open the door and take him outside. If he does not pause on his own, make some sort of noise that will cause him to stop whining and listen. Then get him out right away before he starts whining again.
Use the crate at night and during the day whenever you are unable to watch your puppy or have him outside.
Do not use the crate as “punishment.” If you scold your puppy and then lock him in the crate, he will associate the crate with being punished. You want him to think of his crate as his comfortable den, not a jail cell.
Follow these steps, and after just a few days your puppy will consider the crate to be his safe, cozy den and will happily rest inside.
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