How do you crate train a small dog?
Puppies under six months of age shouldn't stay in a crate for more than three or four hours at a time.
They can't control their bladders and bowels for that long.
The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
Physically, an older dog can hold it, but they don't know they're supposed to.
Establish a routine
- Take your puppy outside frequently—at least every two hours—and immediately after they wake up, during and after playing, and after eating or drinking.
- Pick a bathroom spot outside, and always take your puppy (on a leash) to that spot…
- Reward your puppy every time they eliminate outdoors.
When you start to house train, follow these steps:
- Keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away his food between meals.
- Take puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour.
- Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his business.
How to Train a Puppy to Pee Outside
- Step 1: Teach your puppy the potty cue. Have your puppy sit by the back door…
- Step 2: Determine a set potty area. Put your puppy on a leash and walk them out to the part of the yard you want your dog to relieve themselves at…
- Step 3: Use a crate when you're not home.
Ignore the barking
- When you put your dog in their crate or in a gated room, turn your back and ignore them.
- Once they stop barking, turn around, praise them and give a treat.
- As they catch on that being quiet gets them a treat, lengthen the amount of time they must remain quiet before being rewarded.
Potty pad training your dog
- Restrict Fluffy's access inside the house. Keep her on leash with you, in a free-standing pen on an easy-to-clean floor (while supervised), or in a properly-sized kennel…
- No punishment…
- Set up her “alone” room…
- Feed Fluffy on a schedule…
- Take her to her pad regularly and wait for her to go.