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The Training Crate

A training crate (or "cage" or "kennel") is made of metal wire that allows your dog to view the world, without giving him the ability to roam. You should buy a crate large enough for your dog when full-grown. Partition it off to fit your new puppy, and move the partitions as he grows.

Only the wire type of crate should be used for training and general use. The travel/carrier type of crate has three almost-solid walls, very limited visibility, and is built for security and comfort during transportation. If used for training or general confinement, a travel/carrier becomes a claustrophobic prison.

Never use your dog’s crate as a punishment. When your dog is successfully housebroken and past the chewing stage, leave the crate open; your dog will love to use it as a refuge and retreat.

The training crate is invaluable for easily housebreaking your puppy. Partition off a section of the crate just large enough for you puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Until your puppy is fully housebroken, do not line the bottom of the crate with towels or blankets. Your dog does not want to sleep where he goes to the bathroom, so he will hold his bladder and bowels as long as physically possible. If he can push soiled towels aside to stay clean, he will not learn to wait. It is your responsibility to walk your dog at reasonable intervals so he can be effectively housebroken. If your puppy does have an accident, it is because you did not live up to your responsibility, or you were not attentive to his needs.

Set up a housebreaking schedule for your puppy, depending upon the schedule in your household. Adhere to the routine, religiously, until your puppy is fully housebroken. The following tips are a basis on which to formulate a housebreaking schedule that will fit your household’s needs:

1. Do not feed your puppy any meals or snacks while he is in the crate. You may place a few sturdy, non-swallowable toys in the crate.

2. When you wake up, first thing every morning, take your puppy out of the crate and carry him to your selected 10’ X 10’ area outside your house. After an entire night of waiting, your puppy will need to relieve himself as soon as possible.

3. The same 10’ X 10’ area should be used consistently, every day. It will become the area that your dog associates with relieving himself. Also, repeat the same words whenever you take your puppy out to relieve himself to develop a word association with going to the bathroom.

4. Do not play with your puppy during bathroom time; he has business to do and should not be distracted. After he has relieved himself, praise him lavishly, soothingly, verbally.

5. Once inside, your puppy should be fed breakfast. Soon after finishing the meal, your puppy should be walked again.

6. Whenever your puppy is in the house, he should be in the crate. You can take your puppy out to play, but always walk him first, to reduce the chance of an accident.

7. The length of playing time should be very short at first, about 15 minutes. As your puppy gets older, his play time is increased.

8. If your puppy has an accident, immediately take the puppy outside to the selected spot. NEVER HIT YOUR DOG. NEVER YELL AT YOUR DOG. NEVER SHOW ANGER OR DISPLEASURE.

9. When anyone is scheduled to come home from school or work, your dog should be walked, fed, and then walked again. You cannot walk the dog too much. Follow the same routine all mealtimes and in-betweens: walk, feed, walk.

10. Before bedtime, your puppy should be walked, played with, and then walked again so he can have a relaxing sleep.

11. Try to keep the time between the last nightly walk and the first morning walk no more than five hours.

12. Because your puppy will be spending much of the time in his crate, make sure that he gets plenty of exercise while he is with you.

Above all, never get discouraged: I know training takes time, patience, lots of love, and there are no shortcuts; The end product is a loving, trusting, faithful friend for life, like no other you’ll ever know.

Written by Neal Seaman

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