Do you think this will work on crate training.

Discussion in 'Labrador Training' started by Janifer, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Janifer

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    We are getting a 8 week old puppy this weekend, and only have this big crate , so if I put the puppy pad in back of it , and block off area/ but he can get over it . Keep him from peeing on his sleeping area, and pad. 2 days a week , he will be home alone 6 am to 1 pm. And bought a water bowl, but hangs on crate and just put maybe little less cup water in it. [​IMG]
     
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    You need a small crate just large enough for his bed and take him out regularly to toilet. Unfortunately it will not be posssible to leave an 8 week old pup home alone for 7 hours.
     
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    We started with a huge crate but reduced the size with a bit of extra mesh held on with cable ties. It worked well and we could increase it as she grew. @5labs is totally correct, you just can’t leave such a small pup for so long. In fact, that’s pushing it for an adult dog. You need to look at alternative arrangements so to safeguard your pups emotional and physical development:)
     
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    We have had him home for 5 days, he has potty pads in back of crate, and has used them . Thankfully no poop in there. But he slept from 10 pm to 5 this morning , and used his potty pad .
     
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    So you are training him to toilet in his crate?
     
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    Have large crate for my now 12+ week old puppy and it works fine for her. She'll be able to use it when she's full grown too. She was crate trained by the breeder before I picked her up in a large crate. I just put an old towel in it for her and it works fine. Easy to wash too. Only feed her twice a day on schedule in the crate and have water bowel outside back patio door. When I'm gone for the day, I have a retired lady, just down the street, who comes in and lets her out every 2-1/2 to 3 hours for potty, water and a little play or bird dummy retrieve time. She is actually starting to go into the crate by herself. She loves it as I believe she sees it as her very own den. When I take her out to her potty place I take her to the same place every time and she's starting to go to there by herself when she's outside. Otherwise, I carry her or walk her there immediately when I take her out of the crate. My command for potty time is "Do your business" This phrase seems to be working good.
     
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    It is not recommended that you give the puppy a toilet place in the crate. You want the whole crate to be the bed. Otherwise you lose the advantage of a crate, which is a place where the puppy is encouraged to hold on for the purposes of toilet training.

    7 hours is way too long for a puppy to be crated - forget about toilet training and feeding times, a puppy need interaction and stimulation, and outings and training and play sessions. As a breeder, I would never home somewhere a pup is going to be crated 7 hours a day - this is torture and abuse.

    Please find a pet sitter or dog walker in your area who offers puppy visits and can make at least 2 visits to your dog during this time to let him out to toilet and to play with him and take him out for a short walk in the area to help break up the day.
     
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