One of the most common issues I help new dog owners solve is housebreaking. Crate training is the simplest solution with lifelong benefits for dogs.
Here are some facts about crate training:
1. A crate is not a “cage” or “jail” or “punishment” for a puppy. When properly introduced to it it’s actually quite the opposite. Wild dogs and wolves in nature have puppies in their dens. It’s a closed-in small place with not too much light. Just like a crate! Before puppies can walk well they learn to crawl away from where they sleep to go potty. The mother gently pushes them away to do their business. This is the main idea of why crate training helps with housebreaking! A healthy puppy naturally will not soil where he sleeps or eats. Your job becomes easy to take her out and let her potty. Just please remember to be fair and consistent and go in short intervals!
2. Crates provide safety. Just like you would’ve leave a toddler to roam around the house by herself, your puppy or new dog shouldn’t left unattended and to his own devices. When supervised you can introduce the house rules and avoid the unnecessary accidents and disappointments for both of you as well as dangerous encounters with electric wiring, swallowed objects and destroyed shoes and furniture.
3. Do you like personal space and leave and quiet when you are resting? Dogs do too and need it more than humans since their organisms are built to spend the majority of the day resting. A crate provides the comfort of their own space it’s like a teenager wanting to be in his own room. When introduced and trained properly, dogs absolutely love it!