Crate Training Your Boston Terrier

by Colleen Fernandez

in House Training

Crate training is one of the most effective ways to house train a dog.

crate-trainingDogs don’t like to get their resting/sleeping quarters dirty. If they are given the opportunity to use the bathroom elsewhere, they will.

Keep in mind, that if your puppy does not have an accident in her crate, she will need to be taken out when she is released. When you take her out and she goes potty, reward her with a treat and praise her.

Crate training also helps teach your dog to have bladder and bowel control. She will learn that she cannot go whenever she feels like it, she has to hold it and go at convenient scheduled times.

If your dog soils her crate because you left her there too long, the house training process will be set back several weeks, if not months. So be careful, not to forget her in there!

At night, give your puppy the opportunity to relieve herself every hour. Each time you let her out, put her on leash and immediately take her outside. Once outside, give her about three to five minutes to go potty.

If she doesn’t go potty within the allotted time period, simply return her to her crate. If she does perform, then immediately reward her with treats and praise. Never give your dog free run of your home unless you know without a doubt that her bowels and bladder are empty.

Some people find it helpful to keep a diary of when your dog eliminates. It’s a good idea to have her on a regular feeding schedule, she should soon adopt a corresponding elimination schedule.

After a while you’ll know what time of day she usually needs to go out, so you can begin taking her out only at those times instead of every hour. After she has eliminated, she can have free, but supervised, run of your house.

If your boston terrier does have an accident in the house, just clean it up. Don’t punish her … if she has an accident it’s because you have given her unsupervised access to your house too soon.

Until she can be trusted, don’t give her unsupervised free run of your house.

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