Crate Training for House Training

Place soft blankets and toys or chewies in the crate.Clip a small bucket of water in the crate.Find natural, short opportunities to crate train: a one hour nap, a ten minute chew on the bone stretch,a rest after a tiring exercise session, or an overnight all make good crate training opportunities.Crate train only for the amount of time the dog can comfortably hold his bladder and bowels. The rule of thumb for puppies is to crate in hours for the age of the puppy in months plus one. For example, a four-month-old puppy can stay in a crate comfortably for at most five hours. No dog should ever be crated for more than nine hours at a stretch.Always supervise dogs when they are first crate trained to ensure they are not panicking.Never force a dog into a crate or lock a panicking dog in a crate.