-The crate must be ONLY big enough for the dog to stand up and turn all the way around. If you get a larger one it will defeat the purpose. It's important to remember that a dog can only hold it for only 1 hour more that their age in months (i.e. a six month old dog should be able to hold it for 7 hours before using the bathroom). This will help you determine how long the dog can stay in the crate without being let outside...and when the dog is let out of the box you MUST take it straight to the choosen spot! DO NOT STOP, GO ALL THE WAY AND CARRY THE PUP SO THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ERROR! Stay outside until this happens...no matter how long it takes. I remember the long wait, but it never failed...my dog would go as soon as I'd bring her inside and I would become so frustrated. Eventually I realized that it's just a time consuming process and there was no way around it. -Buy some MIRACLE'S NATURE to clean up any mistakes. It will really save your carpet.-Reward your pup like crazy when they go outside. Get him all excited, say "good boy" in an excited voice, give them a treat. My dog still runs into the kitchen for a treat when she goes to the bathroom. -When you catch him in the act, clap your hands loudly and yell NO! This technique (clapping and saying "no" is a loud voice) will help with other problems like excessive barking and digging. Never use the dogs name in conjuction with this command. Pick him up and go straight to the spot. Don't let the pup see you clean the stain because it will lead him to think that is a way to get attention. It's best to ignore the deed if you did not catch the puppy in the act. Otherwise the attention factor will come into play. Sometimes even negative attention is welcomed by a puppy because it's something.-Paper training is not really housebreaking because the dog is allowed to relieve itself in the house, anytime it wants. These are 2 problems the crate can alieve. If the dog thinks it's okay to go in your house what will it think when it at someone else's? -Take your pup out first thing in the morning, then again after he eats. If he doesn't go the first time, do not take your eyes off of him until you are ready to put him out a 2nd time. The other time during the day should be scheduled according to the months/hours thing I talked about earlier. Also, so not give your pup access to food all day. Three times a day shoud be okay depending on the age. Always leave fresh water out and a few snacks in the kennel. The dog will probably turn the water over into the kennel so as an alternative you may just want to soak some dry kibble and leave that in the crate instead.
Whatever you do look into the crate training and do it soon.
Call a local trainer or respectable pet supply dealer and get
their opinion. It's the ONLY thing that worked for me. I still
keep Bijoux confined to the kitchen because I'm not yet
comletely comfortable with letting her roam to chew things and
have the opportunity to soil the carpet. For some reason it
seems like dogs prefer the carpet! Once your pup has become
aware of the the place you choose (and it's outside) you may want
to keep a small, inexpensive rug by the door. Our dog had a
problem holding it until someone noticed her so she would always
go right in front of the door. We also hug some bells from the
door so she could let us know when she wants to go out. She'll
scratch the door and it turn hits the bells. Eventually we hope
she will realize what the bells do, if she hasn't already.
My maltese, Amanda, was paper trained when I got her and broke to outside very easily. So when I rescued a yorkie-mix I decided to first paper train him in a large room. All my floors are hardwood and I have some small throw rugs in the room I trained him in.
Well, stupid me, rather then picking up the throw rugs because they
were rally easy to clean, and the training pads had plastic on the
back, put the training pads on the throw rugs, though not necessarily
totally covering it. Naturally, Benjamin looked at the throw rug as
an underlying part of the part. I discovered that while he broke to
outside, it there was a time when I worked late and he was sort of still
young, if he couldn't hold it quite, he looked at the throw rug as okay to
use. I couldn't blame him, it was basically my fault. So then I had to
break him of the rug. So do learn from my stupidity.
A dog trainer I know had an alternative to the crating that would
also work if you are home (or combined with a crate for those
times when you are home, if you choose crate training.) He ssid
keep the dog on a leash and the leash around your arm when and if there is
any movement, pay attention to it. If it looks like a movement that is
leading to using the floor, immediately pick up the dog and take it outside
to its spot. I didn't try this, but he swears by it. In the meatime, be
patient, and really know that YOU are the one who has to do the work here.