Crate Training a Puppy

i am getting a new puppy in a few weeks, and, having never housebroken an animal before, was looking up methods. it seems that crate training is the best way to go, especially since neither one of us can be home all day to watch it. he has a dog that he found, and was already housebroken. he seems to think that all i have to do is take the puppy out a lot and that will be enough. as we are renting, so the sooner the house training is over with the better. plus, i don’t want the puppy getting into anything during the day. he is a very small breed and my boyfriend’s dog is very gentle, but more mid sized. when i brought up crate training, my boyfriend acted like he couldn’t believe i would do such a thing. i considered finding middle ground by blocking off a non-carpeted room, but it doesn’t teach them to hold it.

is there a good middle ground method? if not, then how can i convince him that crate training is an ok way to go?

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    14 Responses to “Crate Training a Puppy”

    1. Cheryl M says:

      Crate training is not cruel. Go to the websites that were suggested to you. A puppy is ALOT of time & patience. You will NOT believe what they can get into while left alone, not to mention the things they can ingest. The other dog will stay near the crate while puppy is housed inside.

      If it is possible, find someone trustworthy that is willing to assist you with taking the pup out when you are both away.

      Another suggestion, Doggy Day-Care. The pup is in a crate and is taken out every 3 hours.

      Best of Luck to you!

    2. Jen says:

      Get a new boyfriend.

    3. MamaBas says:

      Here we go again.

      1. Crate training is a great training aid – specifically for house training. Cover the top and three sides, put his bed in there, toys etc. And feed him in there as this should stop him peeing in there, if he’s so inclined. Start by having it in the living room with the DOOR OPEN. Do not shut the puppy in his crate immediately. He needs to know this is his den (and remember in the wild dens have NO CLOSED DOORS) his safe refuge, a place where he’s not being punished and isn’t going to receive punishment.

      2. Puppies should, night times apart, only be in their crates for a maximum of 2 hours at a stretch. Any longer is crate abuse.

      3. Crates will prevent puppies coming back indoors, when they haven’t peed or poohed outside, and doing their business in the house. If this happens, bring them in and crate them. And repeat the taking them outside after about 20 minutes, by which time they should oblige.

      In your case, you should be prepared to have a separate place for your older dog and for your puppy early days, when they are left alone. Adults will not normally attack a puppy, but puppy may well ‘mug’ the older one as he will have little respect for him. So it’s up to the owner to protect the older dog, so he isn’t pushed too far, and does hurt the puppy.

      Final comment. If you are both at work all day, please reconsider getting a puppy who will need feeding at lunchtime and late afternoon if he’s anywhere near 8 weeks, to begin with. And his housetraining will take twice as long if nobody is around to put him out every hour. I think a young adult would be the far better bet – with the proviso that you separate them to begin with, until they have bonded. Also if you are renting, please do not give your landlord cause to join the ranks of those of won’t consider letting to people with dogs, because of the damage they have had from a previous tenant’s dogs. It happens all the time.

    4. Suba says:

      How can someone state what puppies "enjoy"? What creature would enjoy being locked up all day. The" crate is like a den" theory only flies if the dog can leave when he needs to. Leaving a dog in a crate for hours on end IS cruel. If you’re gone all day, you don’t need a puppy.

    5. BabyBlue says:

      I’d would say that you are exactly right in your line of thinking. You were right about everything you mentioned: the fact that he won’t learn to hold it otherwise; he’s a small breed and you can’t be sure about how your new puppy and your boyfriend’s dog will get along. How would he feel if he came home and discovered that there was a fight and your puppy was injured? It happended to me. Besides, you don’t want your puppy getting into anything that could be dangerous to him. Sometimes you can’t even predict what that might be…

      I would just tell your boyfriend to trust you on this and that you are doing it for the puppy’s own good. Keep repeating the points you have already made because they are good ones and you are right. If you need to, show him some literature that will support you. That should be easy to find.

    6. ☆ Abbie Border Collie ☆ says:

      In the wild…dogs and wolves had dens….a cage acts like a den so if pup gets scared…it can go there where it is safe. It is a place where the pup has quiet time. Tell him that sometimes…when the pup needs sleep, its best to be in one, so you two don’t disturb it.

    7. DeeDawg says:

      it’s the fastest and most reliable way to housebreak.
      it teaches the pup that the crate is a safe place where they can sleep, chew on toys, etc.

      if the pup ever has to be shipped, it will be comfortable in the crate.

      it also keeps your puppy from chewing on wires and electrocuting itself, or eating something poisonous and dying.

      considering the fact that his dog was houebroken when he got it, i don’t think he really understands how involved raising a puppy is.

      have you ever seen walls with poop smeared 3 feet up them???

    8. Jennifer says:

      If a dog is trained correctly there is no need for a crate. I do not use them or condone them except for travel. They see it as a punishment and do not understand how it couldn’t be, locked up in a caje? We call that jail. Schedule training is easy and effective. Put down the food, give them 20 min and then take it up. All gone or not. Wait 20 minutes and go outside, leashed, and walk where you want your dog to go. Walk saying pee, poo and when they do, say the word and PRAISE him greatly. Be consistent! Evening feeding, early so they won’t need to go in the house at night, same thing. Put it down for 20 min and then take him out. Of course do this in between for pee times, but that will get longer as they get bigger and have a bigger bladder. Don’t leave a huge amount of water out. The more they drink they more the are gonna have to go and won’t go to the door yet. You’ll have little piddles all over the place. Be consistent with it and it won’t take long. You can also buy a Pee Stick, yup, at the pet store or in wally world, it is bright yellow and smells like pee. You put it in the ground where you want them to go and they will go on it to cover up other smells on their turf. Good luck.

    9. moondog says:

      If the puppy is spending all day in a crate while you are out he won’t be able to hold it in a crate any more than he would in a room.
      You would be better off to put the pup in a room and put newspaper or pee pads in one part of the room than to have the pup in a crate all day. That way at least the pup might learn to use the newspaper and he has room to move around.

      Puppies need to be taken outside every hour on the hour to house train them. Each time a pup needs to pee in the crate reinforces the idea that it’s ok to pee there.
      A puppy has no more control over bowels and bladder than a human baby.

    10. Rotten Rotts says:

      Crate training is the absolute best option when you are not at home and at night.
      When you are there then letting the dog out is the best.
      Mention the whole chewing up things also and if he still won’t come around…he will, the first time he wakes up in the middle of the night and steps in a warm pile

    11. RobbyD says:

      I would show him the facts and here they are.

      http://www.inch.com/~dogs/cratetraining.html

    12. Jhay Chiong says:

      Crates make housetraining simple. Because dogs don’t like to pee or poop where they sleep and eat, they’ll hold it when they’re in their crate. Pop your dog in his crate whenever you’re not with him, and he won’t have any accidents in the house–this prevents a bad habit from forming. Take him out for bathroom breaks regularly, and he’s more likely to eliminate outdoors–this helps him learn a good habit.

      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/s02.html

    13. Mama says:

      Puppies especially enjoy being in a crate as long as they aren’t left for too long at a time.

      They feel the same way about it as their wild ancestors were with dens. When a mother wolf or coyote has to go hunt food, she leaves her babies in the den to protect them.

      They feel safe there. There’s nothing cruel about crating a puppy.

    14. Bozema says:

      This is a good website on crate training and how to do it properly. If he is at least open to considering it as an option, have him take a look. I think it will work better than the middle ground option. I’ve crate-trained two pups with great success. They no longer use their crates, it went smoothly and our now-adult dogs are well trained and they don’t damage things when left alone in the house. I’m sold on it.