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Bringing home your New Puppy Crate & Toilet Training

When you first come home with your new pup, this is the time to invest in a crate.
Placing the crate in the bedroom of the person who is going to take responsibility of the new pup.
This helps the new pup settle into the new home and get used to the new scent of its owner.
Last thing before bedtime, take the new pup out for toilets and then back inside and in the crate at the same time as you go to bed.

If the pup starts to whimper during the night, it may need to do toilets, as dogs generally do not toilet in their sleeping area, so just take the pup outside and when the pup has done its toilets then back inside to bed without any fuss or game.

We don't want to encourage any attention at this time of night or this may become a habit.
If there is any further whimpering, then ignore this as your puppy may be looking for attention.

First thing in the morning, puppy needs to be taken outside for toilets and play. Remember to stay with your puppy until toilets have happened so that you can praise the pup. This promotes good toilet training.

The crate is positioned beside your bed and helps to build that special bond. After a few weeks, then it is time to move the crate, gradually, away from your bedroom.
During the day the crate can be moved around the home or even outside if that is where you want your dog to stay eventually.

If you are busy and can't watch the puppy, or the children are harassing the pup, then put the pup in the crate for short periods.

Crates are to be positive, and not negative. Never go mad at your dog and then give time out in the crate, or use this for any negative behaviour.

Make the crate positive by placing some toys and a little food in there for the first couple of times, to help the dog want to go inside the crate. Your crate should have a door so the pup cannot get out during the night, and at a later stage this door can be left open, so the pup can take advance of its den for rest and security.

A crate can be used for short-term confinement when no one is home. These portable enclosures are certainly worth peace of mind of knowing the pet is safe and comfortable when left and not chewing those unwanted things around the house, especially the electrical cords.

An older dog can be conditioned to accept a crate, if your dog already lies under chairs or low lying trees, then you will find the dog will accept a crate with many thanks.
Use a similar procedure when introducing a crate to the older dog, by throwing food in the crate every now and then.
You will find that the dog will enjoy being there because it is positive.

Crates come in all shapes and sizes and available at pet stores or your local Vet.
Be sure to buy a crate that is suitable for when you puppy grows into an adult dog.

So at last peace of mind with your new pup and crates are cheaper than having carpets cleaned or wiring replaced.

# Information supplied by:
Tabitha Young - Wagtails Behaviour & Training Centre
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