Crate training = puppies = house training

1) Puppies usually arrive at their new homes at 8 weeks of age. Just like babies they cannot control their bladders until they mature. This is usually between 3 and 6 months. While you are crate training puppies, be patient and expect accidents. Reward good behavior and ignore bad behavior!

If you are feeding the puppy in his crate while crate training, how long should you do this for?

Crate training your dog provides them with a profound sense of security. Dogs naturally live in dens. Dens protect them from danger, keep them warm and dry, and help them to keep their young safe and protected. The den is so important to a wild dog that the mother will train her puppies to go to the bathroom outside the den.

Sample Puppy Crate Training Schedule

If you don’t have a crate now, take a look at my page on  And get that puppy crate trained! Over the past 10 years we’ve learned quite a bit about crate training puppies from crate training our first puppy, Linus who we rescued from the animal shelter, to working on crate training litters of puppies as foster parents, and finally crate training our very own guide dog puppies as guide dog puppy raisers.

How to Crate Train A Puppy - American Kennel Club

In Episode 1 of we talked about some of the first things we do when bringing home a puppy. We also talked a little bit about crate training puppies and Dublin’s first night in his crate. Lucky for us there weren’t too many nights of Dublin howling in his crate. Take a look at some of the basics in our first episode of Puppy In Training TV:

There are many reasons you might want to crate train your new puppy

It is important that you make provisions for your puppy when you are not home. Until your puppy is housetrained, she should not be allowed free run of your house. Otherwise, she will develop a habit of leaving piles and puddles anywhere and everywhere. Confine her to a small area such as a kitchen, bathroom or utility room that has water/stain resistant floors. Confinement is NOT crate training.Be sure to understand the difference between temporarily confining your puppy to a crate and long term confinement when you are not home. The major purpose of confinement when your are not home is to restrict mistakes to a small protected area. The purpose of crate training is quite the opposite.Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a puppy. Puppies do not like to soil their resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your puppy to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training. If your puppy does not eliminate while she is confined, then she will need to eliminate when she is released, i.e., she eliminates when you are present to reward and praise her.Crate training should not be abused, otherwise the problem will get drastically worse. The crate is not intended as a place to lock up the puppy and forget her for extended periods of time. If your puppy soils her crate because you left her there too long, the house training process will be set back several weeks, if not months.