In the wild, dogs seek out small cozy spaces or dens to call home. Inside of the house, dog’s often don’t have this small space to come home to. If you haven’t done some form of dog crate training, a lot of times, this is why your dog might:
- Hang out under a bed (and maybe go potty there)
- Tunnel through your couch cushion
- Take a nap under a table
Of course, there are other things that your dog might do too, but these are some common ones. Your dog might also be really anxious if they don’t have a small place to call their own which is why Dr. Mary Burch of the AKC actually recommends crate training.
Now, in this post, we will focus on potty training with a crate, but of course, this is not the only kind of training that you can do with a crate. It’s also not the only kind of potty training method available. To learn more about that, see the post “The Best Ways to Potty Train a Dog Now”.
3 Steps to Dog Crate Training
General Potty Training
Again, for this post, we will focus on potty training instead of general dog crate training (we will talk more on that in a future post). Now, to understand why crate training is so effective for potty training, it helps to know the overall goals for ANY potty training method. Those are:
- Set aside a small place for your dog to call “home”
- Make sure they get very comfortable with this space (dogs don’t like to “go” in a space that they feel is their own)
- Slowly expand the area that your dog feels comfortable with to the entire house (slowly but surely)
Crate Training – Potty Training
Because you now know what the end goal is, you will see how crate training can get you there! Here are the 3 steps you will use when crate training your dog:
- Set your crate up with a bed, a few toys and maybe a personal item from you (the owner). Make sure that your dog gets very comfortable with this area and calls it their own.
- Make sure that you set up a potty training schedule and follow it! Your pup needs to get a chance to go outside regularly to potty.
- Slowly start playing with your dogs in new rooms in the home. This will get them very comfortable with the area.
So, seems pretty easy right? Well, it really is! With just a few minutes a day doing the right things, your dog will be potty trained before you know it!
If you’re looking to potty train your dog, I would take a look at the post titled “Dog Potty Training Schedule Keeps Training on Track”. Not only will this post give you with a good idea of what you have to do, but you’ll also have a chance to download our potty schedule. This is an awesome tool that professional dog trainers use to help owners potty train their dogs faster! You’ll get that completely free just by heading over to that post.
Of course, there is more to potty training than just leaving your dog in the crate and hoping that they learn. There are a couple of ways that you can help speed the process along. One of these ways is to invest in a set of dog bells for potty training. You can pick them up on Amazon by clicking below.
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If you enjoyed this post or you have some questions you’d like to ask, please comment below! I really want to know what you all think so I can start writing about stuff that ACTUALLY helps you with your dog!
From experience, we know that these methods work, but at the end of the day, I’m not the one training your dog. So, please leave a comment below with your biggest question about dog potty training! I’ll get back to you as soon as I can either in the comments section, a new post or both!
I can’t wait to see what you guys have to ask!