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You’re almost at the end.  Hopefully most of you accomplished all this in two or three days.  Some dogs take longer.  Some of you lucky folks have a dog who loves his crate, sleeps through the night, and enjoys their special toy being there in a day or two.  Here’s the last part for you:

  • Next, you can begin leaving your dog in his crate while you are away from the house for a short period during the day.  Make sure you’re first trip out doesn’t last longer than 30 minutes or so.  You want to keep all experiences with his crate positive ones.
  • It’s not a bad idea to leave the tv or radio on for your dog so they have something to listen to.  You might also want to leave a recorder by it so you can hear how your dog reacts when you are not at home.
  • If your dog over reacts to being in his crate, go back a step or two.  You may be moving too quickly for your particular puppy.  The goal is to have your dog be calm the entire time he’s in the crate.
  • If your dog goes potty in his crate, you’ve either given him too much room or you’re moving too fast.  Did your dog eliminate in one side and sleep in the other?  That means it’s too much room.  If your dog doesn’t have enough room to go potty in one end and sleep in the other, then he was left in too long or you’re moving to fast.  Don’t punish him, just clean it up and try again.  I know it can be frustrating.

Now that you’re dog isn’t going potty in his crate and stays calm while you are gone, you can increase the time you leave him in his crate a bit longer.  You should make sure your dog is let out often enough during the day while you are at work and make sure that you let your dog go potty each time he leaves his crate to prevent mistakes in the house.  He’s comfortable in his crate, and can sleep in there.  You’ve done a great job.  Pat yourself on the back and love on your dog.

You’ll get more tips about crates and potty training in a new series very soon.  Let me know if you have any questions.  I want to help.