PetMeds Spotlight: Crate Training your dog

Today’s PetMeds spotlight is on Crate Training. Crate training can be an effective way to “house train” a dog. Dogs do not like to soil their sleeping quarters, if given the opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to want to go potty.

The single most important aspect of dog and puppy training is that you reward and praise your dog or puppy each and every time they do the right thing. For example: praise them when they chew their own toys instead of shoes or when they eliminate outside. The more time you spend with your puppy or dog, the quicker and easier it will be to train them.

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

Be sure to understand the difference between temporarily confining your dog to a crate and long term confinement when you are not home. The major purpose of confinement when your are not home is to restrict mistakes to a small protected area. The purpose of crate training is quite the opposite.

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

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