Dog Bar Blog
For most dog owners, crate training is the easiest and most effective way to train a puppy not to pee in the house.
Because most puppies avoid defecating where they eat and sleep, large playpens will not stop puppies from relieving themselves inside. Pee pads, although they work well for small breeds who can't hold their bladders for an 8 hour period, they can offer mixed messages for puppies who still need to learn the rules.
In most cases, crate training only works when the puppy has only enough room to stand up, turn around and stretch. If the space is too roomy, the puppy might decide to use the corner, and, as is the case with puppies, they will be covered in their own mess in no time.
The Best Crate For Puppies
As you probably know by now, puppies eventually grow up into dogs. Growth spurts can occur while your puppy is still learning to be housebroken and you don't want to have to keep buying new crates every six weeks. The crates we recommend are the puppy crates for girls and boys. These crates feature a dividing wall that can be moved as your puppy grows.
In case your puppy simply can't hold it, these crates also feature a mesh wire floor so your puppy won't have to sit in his/her own mess!
Dogs Should Love Their Crates
All this talk of confining your puppy in a tight space for hours at a time doesn't sound too pleasing (and most puppies won't be thrilled with it either), but considering the fact that dogs naturally want to have their own den gives us something to work with. It is possible to teach your puppy to love his/her own crate:
- Always keep the door of the crate open while you're home
- Keep your puppy's toys and belongings in the crate
- When your puppy falls asleep, place him/her in the crate and keep petting
- Always give your puppy a treat when he/she enters the crate
- If you have more than one puppy, make sure each puppy gets his/her own individual crate (that space belongs to them)\
- NEVER USE THE CRATE AS PUNISHMENT!
Our friends at Petfinder.com have released this very useful and informative PSA graphic to help educate pet owners on the need for planning ahead of a natural disaster.
Other tips include:
- Putting together an emergency bag (I just use my pet's crates) that consists of a 3-day supply of canned food, a towel, a box of plastic bags, a disposable litter box, pet-friendly antibiotic ointment as well as a sandwich bag containing a note card with your pet's name, species and breed, sex, fur color or any markings, age, microchip identification number, and a current photo of you with your pet.
- Look in advance for emergency shelter that accepts animals (not all of them do).
- If you need to evacuate and cannot take your pets with you, make sure all your pets are indoors and can move freely around the house, keep the toilet lid up and the bathroom door braced so they can drink if their water gets low, leave a note in a visible area with your pets' names and your contact info.
- Visit ready.gov for more information on preparing for your pets in a disaster.