Your kids have been begging you for a puppy for years – you finally cave and you are so excited to surprise them for Christmas! Everyone is so excited about their new family member and then the puppy decides your rug looks like the perfect place to relieve himself! Now what? Are you prepared with the proper tools to start house training your new fur baby? You will see a lot of information out there on the best ways to start potty training your puppy, but the very best way in our opinion is to learn how to properly crate train.
When properly taught, your puppy will learn that the crate acts as a place where your puppy will feel safe and secure and learn that they need to “hold it” until they go outside. Of course, this takes time! Puppies need to go at least once an hour as they are learning outside is the place where potty happens! Generally, dogs/puppies do not like to take care of their business in the same place they are sleep or relax so crate training helps the puppy understand he/she sleeps here and this isn’t a place to do their business.
Here are some helpful steps to take when crate training!