A: Acquaint your puppy with his new home.
in his puppyhood start encouraging your puppy to rest and sleep in the home
you’ve provided for him. Remember: “denning” is instinctual with dogs, so it
won’t take much effort on your part. Follow step B, below, and your puppy will
pretty much train himself to seek security and comfort inside his little “dog
B: Be gentle.
your puppy to enter his home on his own.
Don’t force him! If necessary, toss a
little treat into the home. Your puppy may be shy about entering or may enter
and beat a hasty retreat, but that’s normal. Just take it slowly. At first,
don’t close the door on him; let him go in and come out as he pleases. Once
he’s unafraid of his home and happy with with it, make him stay inside it for a
few minutes – with the gentle restraint of your hand, if necessary. Then
gradually increase the time you keep him in the home, being sure to praise him
for his obedience. It may take a few hours or a few days of short training
sessions like these, but eventually your puppy will be comfortable staying in
his home for longer stretches of time.
C: Acclimate your puppy to having the
door closed when he’s in his home.
of course, you’ll have to secure your puppy in his home with the door closed
while you’re not around. You can get him used to this by gently shutting the
door on him once he’s inside and slowly walking a short distance away while
praising him lavishly for settling down and staying calm. Each time you do
this, you can walk a little farther away from the home – and then leave the
room entirely, always praising your puppy for being “a good boy.” Eventually,
he’ll be quite content to sit and sleep in his home unattended, with the door
D: Direct your puppy’s elimination.
that little puppies need to “go” about every 2 – 4 hours. On a fixed schedule
(such as after feeding, before bedtime, first thing in morning) let your puppy
out, teach him the route to the door, praise him at the door, and take him out
to the part of the yard you want him to use. Very quickly, you’ll have gotten
him acclimated to an elimination routine that will stay with him for the rest
of his life. As your puppy gets older (4 – 6 months), you can gradually leave
him in his home for longer periods of time because he can “hold it” longer.
Soon he can be in his home all day, if necessary, until someone arrives to let him
E: Use our divider panels to aid in elimination
your pup’s home may be too big for him. It’s quite common for dog owners to
purchase an appropriately sized home for an adult dog of their pup’s breed. The
problem is, puppies tend to sleep in one end of the home and eliminate in the
other end, their natural instinct being to keep themselves and their homes clean.
MidWest Divider Panels are designed to
solve this problem and help you control your pup’s elimination. Just insert a
divider panel into the home allowing only enough room for your puppy to lie
down. Not wanting to eliminate where he sleeps, he’ll stand up and let you know
when he has to “go,” so you can take him out. As your puppy grows, you can move
the divider panel back to accommodate his larger size. Eventually, he’ll be big
enough – and well-trained enough regarding his elimination habits – that you
can remove the divider panel altogether.
information on crate training, review our Do’s and
Don’ts page and other pages of our website. Then contact MidWest Homes for Pets™ if you have
questions or need help finding your closest retailer.