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Problem with puppy crate training

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First off, thanks everyone for contibuting to this site.This forum has a lot of good information and links. A week ago I adopted my puppy from Humane Society. He is a 4 month Collie/Shepherd mix. I have been doing a lot of research and I have seen some clashes in common training themes. The biggest one I wanted to mention and perhaps get some feedback.

I read a lot of sites which talk about crate training, they put HUGE emphasis on making the crate a positive place, it's not a punishment, slowly get them comfortable, a lot of rewards, and soon they will love the privacy and escape of the crate.

Now, thats great and all, but when you combine that with potty training, it's simply not possible, is it?

The bottom line is that we can't wait for the dog to love his crate. (We tried) He goes to the bathroom in the house at a moment's notice. We are making great steps towards getting him to wait to go outside, and keeping him in the crate is the greatest asset, because it forces him to hold his bladder. We go straight from the crate to outside and it eliminates accidents.

Right now, almost a week after I brought him home, he is going outside at regular times, doing his business, and then when hes inside he gets put in his crate if we aren't training him. He doesn't hate his crate, but he avoids it like the plague. We either trick him by putting treats in the back corner, or we pick him up and drop him inside.

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when hes inside he gets put in his crate if we aren't training him.
How about playtime? Or just spending time with him? If he's inside his crate unless you're training him, then of course he's not going to like it. He wants to be outside the crate, with you.

And the fact is, you want a dog who's really housetrained. Six months from now, a year from now, do you really want to have a dog you can't trust out of his crate for fear of peeing accidents? Better to work on it now.

Try keeping him tethered to you. Stay right by his side, and when he shows any sign, get him out ASAP. You really have to be vigilant in the early stages of training. Boy, do I remember that with NO fondness. It's not fun, but it's necessary.

Good luck.
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