Crate Training 101 : Housebreaking Your Puppy

by All About Puppies on January 15, 2015

Crate Training 101 Housebreaking Your Puppy by All About Puppies FloridaOops! Spots and accidents inside? Housebreaking your newly arrived family member can seem like an impossible task at moments but if you stick to a program that works, training can effective in no time. At All About Puppies we have put together the following information, steps and training tips to help all the new puppy parents we work with. Through our experience, crate training is the most effective and fast way to reach your desired result in house training your dog so those unwanted accidents are a thing of the past. We hope the following helps you as much as it has helped our clients in the over 20 years we have be in business.


Housebreaking means that your puppy potties on a schedule you determine. The training period may last anywhere from 3 days to ten weeks or even longer, depending on the individual puppy and how effectively you follow the recommended techniques. Be patient with your puppy. They are like an infant and control comes with age. Getting angry, hitting or rubbing their nose in their mess only confuse them and cause them to fear you.

CRATING: It is essential that you crate your puppy, in order to establish your schedule. The crate should be placed where the puppy can see what is going on around them. They will spend a large portion of their day confined until they have achieved an acceptable amount of control. Remember, this is short term, not for the life of the puppy. Once they are housebroken, they can have the run of the house. The biggest mistake you can make is granting too much freedom too soon. We recommend that the puppy be allowed out of the crate only after just eliminating outside, as too many accidents in the house may delay the housebreaking process. Puppies should be supervised 110% when out, as this time should be a training period as well. You can catch and correct any unacceptable behavior, such as chewing, jumping and mouthing (puppy biting). We also recommend that the puppy be kept on a leash in the house, as it makes correction easier and keeps the puppy in a designated area.

ELIMINATION AREA: Where the puppy first eliminates will be the place that they will return to, time and again. Choose an acceptable area. Take the puppy to that place on a leash, so that you can confine them to that area until they eliminate. Give them 10 minutes to finish. Once they go, lavish them with loving minutes.

TRAINING SCHEDULE: By feeding your puppy a precise amount of food at a precise time every morning and evening, his biological clock will establish a set pattern for digestion and elimination. Allow them 15 minutes and remove any remaining food. Take them outside 15 minutes after feeding. Consistency is the most important part of housebreaking. Once you begin, the schedule does not vary until the puppy is successfully trained.


__ You must be realistic in your expectations. Control comes with age, much like an infant, except quicker. We recommend taking the puppy out every 2 -3 hours for the first week. Extend that one hour each week until they have achieved control for 8 hours. Do not take the puppy out during the night, but you must take him out last thing at night and first thing in the morning.

___Puppies tend to go potty after they sleep, play, eat and after long periods of confinement.

__Do not give the puppy the run of the house until you are satisfied that they are completely housebroken. A rule of thumb is ten straight days with out an accident in the house.

__ Do not put any paper, towels, blankets, etc. in the crate until the puppy is housebroken. These items will encourage elimination. The puppy should only have toys and a water bottle.

__ Never use the crate for punishment. It should always be a safe haven for the puppy.

__ When the puppy has an accident in the house, the spot should be thoroughly deodorized so that they are not drawn back to their scent. This can only be accomplished by the use of an odor neutralizer.

By following these guidelines you will be able to successfully house train your puppy to not have accidents inside your home. Crates are an invaluable tool in the housebreaking process and it is why we highly recommend this type of training to all prospective puppy parents we encounter. Start on your successful crate training today!


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