Potty Training Without A Crate
How to potty train a puppy without a crate most effectively.
House training, or “potty training” as some people call it, is one of the most difficult things that many new puppy owners have to deal with.
Some people recommend using a crate to “train” the puppy, but this is not necessary and is actually a bad idea, as we’ll discuss in a moment.
Using a crate is not recommended when house training a dog properly.
The best and easiest way to potty train a puppy is without using a crate. Being consistent is all that is required. Take the puppy outside as soon as he wakes up because, like you, he will need to use the toilet. Let me out after I eat, when I wake up, and during the course of the day. Pay attention to him, and as soon as he starts to circle or sniff around, let him out. Success will come to you soon. No need for crates.
When should a puppy be housebroken?
When a puppy first moves in with you, you should start house training him. Your dog can use your back yard, garden, or other similar space if it is secure and safe.
It is easy to take your puppy outside on a regular basis so he can run around and relieve himself. As soon as he does, praise him and use some basic commands like “be quick” before bringing him inside.
Repeat this regularly when your puppy wakes up, after he eats, or whenever he seems restless or starts to “sniff” around.
Give him time to find a toilet by being patient and giving him a spot.
For housebreaking puppies, crates are not necessary.
Although many people recommend using a crate when housetraining a dog, it is not required.
They try to convince themselves that the puppy won’t go to the bathroom in his sleeping toilet and that keeping him in a box will keep his bladder and bowels in check.
This may contain some truth, but is it really the best way to housebreak a dog? More importantly, does it actually work?
Dogs that have been “crate trained” have been observed to never use the crate as a toilet, but they are completely unaware that they are not allowed to use the rest of the house as a toilet.
When a puppy is kept in a crate, nothing is taught to him, and he gains little knowledge. The use of a crate as a bed, a safe haven, or a measure of security for your dog is beneficial, but it should never be employed as a form of “control” to prevent him from using the toilet.
When potty training a puppy, remember these things in mind
The first thing to keep in mind is that it is your fault, not the puppy’s, if the puppy has an “accident” inside the house.
- You are housebreaking the puppy because you don’t want him to make a mess in the house, but the puppy could care less where he relieves himself.
- You want to lead him in the direction you want him to go. Remember in mind that he is a dog and a baby, whereas you are a human; he does not think the same as you.
- Therefore, it is your faultand not his if he makes a mistake.
- Already have some cleaning supplies on hand; this process won’t happen instantly, and it’ll take some time for your puppy to catch on.
- Anyone who advises you to smack, correct, or rub the puppy’s nose in it is a moron who knows nothing about dogs.Ignore the experts and all “old wives’ tales” as well.
How to successfully housebreak a puppy
Remember that your puppy is a baby; it is not difficult, but it won’t happen overnight.
- Stay consistent; dogs learn best when their daily routines remain the same.
- Leave your puppy outside as soon as he wakes in the morning and after he has woken during the day. This is crucial; pay attention to it.
- You should take your puppy outside frequently, ideally once an hour, as puppies only have small bladders. Never should the longest period of time exceed two hours.
- Take him outside after eating because food will likely press against his bowels and cause him to need to go.
- Use the same location every time you take your puppy outside. He’ll be enticed to use the restroom by the familiar smell.
- Be patient; don’t try to rush him; you’ll need to wait until he responds, which may take some time with some puppies.
- Congratulate him when he goes outside. Be encouraging, kind, and perhaps even give him a small treat.
- Never, ever punish him when he makes a mistake or a mess inside. If he makes a mess in the house, it’s your fault.
- Ignore the old wives’ tales and experts who advocate “rubbing his nose in it” and other nonsense; they are in the dark.
When teaching dogs new skills, keep in mind that puppies are baby dogs, and if something goes wrong, it is either your fault as the intelligent human, or the dog simply hasn’t understood what is required.
- Be consistent
- Be patient.
- Avoid becoming frustrated
- Always be ready for the unexpected mess inside.
- Take note of the puppy.
- Be diligent when potty training your puppy.
- Never discipline the puppy.
Most puppies will pick up on the idea fairly quickly if you are consistent and patient.
Just be patient and understanding and never lose your temper because some puppies take longer to understand than others.