A is for Acquainting your puppy with his new home
Simply start from early puppyhood and have your puppy sleep and rest in his home. Almost without trying he will train himself to seek security and comfort inside his little “dog room”.
B is for Being Gentle
Encourage your puppy to go into his home. DON’T FORCE HIM! He may quickly back out or be shy, but that’s normal. Just take it slowly. It is important that at first you don’t close the door on him, just let him go in and out of the crate on his own.
C is for Closing the door
Once he is comfortable with this, (probably a few hours or days of short training sessions) simply restrain him at the door with the door- again praising him lavishly. Soon he will be secure in his home with the door closed. Slowly you can get further and further away from him, always praising his accepting behaviour. Eventually, the pup will sit quietly and sleep in his home with the door closed.
D is for Directing his elimination
Understand that little puppies need to “go” about every 2-4 hours. On a 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 are teaching him an elimination schedule 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 out.
E is for Elimination Control
initially, the home may be too big when your pup is small. He may eliminate in one end, then go to the other end to sleep. MidWest Divider Panels are designed to solve this problem and help you control his elimination. By allowing you to adjust the length of your pet home as your puppy grows, you can purchase the appropriate sized home for the adult dog but control the size as the pup grows! Simply insert the Divider Panel allowing enough room for your puppy to lie down. Nature will do the rest! By instinct, your puppy will want to keep his “home” and himself clean, so instead of eliminating where he has to lay down, he will let you know when it’s time to “go.” As your puppy grows, move the Divider Panel back further in the home. Eventually, your dog will be big enough where you can remove the Divider Panel all together!