Dog owners usually get frustrated quickly with housetraining a dog until they understand how to simplify dog crate training. Crate training is quite simple – establish a routine with your puppy or dog and then repeat, repeat, and repeat.
A Crate is NOT a Prison
The reason many people are opposed to crate training is that they believe a dog crate is equivalent to a puppy prison. It is true that if you keep a pup in a crate most of the day and night, it does become a prison. But that does not have to happen.
The Ideal Scenario for Crate Training
Suppose you have a new pup (or an older dog). You introduce the animal to the crate and let him get used to the fact that it can be his place of refuge. Occasionally, if you persist, he will voluntarily enter the crate to play with toys or just take a snooze.
You set up a routine. The dog goes into the crate for overnight sleeping and during the day when you can not monitor him. Otherwise, you are taking him to his spot for elimination when he wakes up, after he eats, and every few hours during the day. Also, you are watching him for classic signs of “having to go” – circling, squatting, or unusual agitation (as in looking for a spot to go).
This routine repeats every day until he gets into the habit of going to his spot to eliminate. If you are persistent, he will “get it” quickly, depending on the breed, his age, and his personality
When to Make Adjustments
Okay, so you do not have the ideal scenario for dog crate training. If that’s the case, you have to set up a different routine.
An example is as follows – suppose you work during the day. Now, you need to keep him crated for longer time frames and find someone to let him out during the day. When you are at home, you take over the monitoring and give your dog time out of the crate as well as taking him out on his schedule. And you repeat the routine every day.
Build a Custom Routine
Whether you live in a house or an apartment or whether you work or not, you still need to establish a routine for you and your dog. In truth, the dog’s crate training depends on building a customized routine and then following it. Dogs thrive on habitual behavior (and so do their owners).