1. Being to feed your dog his meals near the confinement area after
you have introduced him to it. If he has no problem going inside place the
dish all the way in the back or far side.
Otherwise, place the dish as far as your dog will go into the area .
Gradually moving the food back farther until he is standing comfortably
2. Close the door while he is eating the food. Open the door as soon
as he is finished eating and take the food and water out. If you are
using an expen or small room you can leave the water bowl in then close the
3. Leave the puppy or dog in the area for a few minutes at
first. Take him to the paper to go potty.
Each meal leave the door closed a little longer than the
previous time until he is in the area for 10 minutes after eating. Always
making sure he goes potty very soon.
If he starts to whine or cry to be let out, you may have left
him in there a little too long, so reduce the time the next time.
Do not let him out until he stops whining.
Adjusting to Longer Periods in the
Confined area or crate.
When your dog is eating his regular meals in the confined
area or crate without any problems. You can begin to put him in there for
short periods of time while you are home.
Call him to the area or crate and give him a treat. Tell him
to "kennel up" or "go to bed". Point inside the crate or area with a treat
in your hand.
After your dog goes inside, give him a big praise, give him a
treat and close the door.
Sit near the crate or pen quietly for five to ten minutes and
then go into another room for a few minutes.
Come back, sit quietly near for a few minutes, then let him
out of the area or crate.
Do this several times a day. Each time lengthening the time
your dog is in the crate or area.
When you get to the place that he can stay in his crate or
pen area for 30 minutes with you out of the room, then you will be able to
begin to leave him crated for short periods of time while you leave the
Dog in Crate While You Are Gone
1. Put your dog in the crate
and make sure you don't make a big deal out of your leaving the house. You
can put a toy or two in the crate with your dog.
Also, when you return if
your dog gets excited, do not respond to him at all, especially if he is
excited. Do your best to ignore him, this will enforce the habit of it not
being a big deal of your leaving or going.
Continue to lengthen the times your dog is in the crate for housetraining
Later in the guide you will find
detailed instructions concerning times to take your dog out of the crate
and when to take him potty.
Every time you take your dog or
puppy out of the crate you must take them immediately
straight to the place where they
are supposed to go potty.
When the crate is properly
introduced to the dog it becomes something that is enjoyable not a
The primary use of the crate is to
prevent the dog from doing something wrong and not being disciplined for
it. It is a very valuable preventative tool.
It all around makes life easier with your dog. A young dog specifically
should be in the crate any time it cannot be watched.
Puppies and untrained dogs will
need extensive crating at first.
It is for your peace of mind
(saves you so much time and trouble) and their safety. It will make potty
training so much easier, you won't believe it!
Every dog I have litter box trained actually becomes partial to their
crate and it becomes their bed and they go there on their own for privacy
and to sleep.
He should be allowed to go in and be left alone when he wants. It should
remain a place of rest and security for him.
Our male Pomeranian, Smokey, will
even go their instead of sleeping in our bed, imagine that!
because I kick him while I am sleeping. No, not on purpose! I don't realize
I am doing it. My husband has notified me of this.
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is
to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring -- it was peace.
Don't forget to keep you
toilet lid down!!!
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