Potty Training A Puppy In A Crate – Crate Training Isn’t Working – Professional Dog Training Tips


– You feel like you’re
doing everything right when it comes to potty
training your puppy in a crate, but the crate training
part just isn’t working and every time you go to get your puppy, you never know what kind of mess there will be waiting for you. In this video, I’m gonna tell you about the most common
mistakes that people make with their crate training that lead to puppies having
accidents in their crate. I’m Ken Steepe, this is Hippy Shake. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strumming)
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owners, who are just like you, to overcome their dog training challenges. So if this is your first
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four-legged family member. Now, this episode is all
about potty-training problems when you’re trying to
crate train your puppy. This is episode two, so if you’re having other crate-training issues and you feel like crate
training isn’t working, then check out the first
episode of this series. We want our puppies to be
comfortable in their crate, but if you’re having potty-training issues and your puppy keeps having accidents, it’s important to do things
like remove their bedding, whether it’s a bed or a towel or whatever, from their crate. Puppies will sometimes go pee or poop on that bedding or on that towel, and then, they’ll sort of
scrunch it up to the side so that they can still sleep comfortably. Now, this won’t be forever. This is just while we deal
with this potty-training issue. We’re going to remove the
bedding from the puppy’s crate if they continue to have accidents. Remove other things
like pee pads, as well. It creates a bit of a
conflicting message for puppies, and we’re gonna show them exactly how they can very quickly potty train by giving them very clear boundaries, so by taking them outside, for example. And if you’re using puppy-pad
training in your house, there’s probably lots of videos on YouTube that talk about progressively
moving it closer to an exterior door, for example. But let’s make sure, for now,
that all of the other things in our puppy’s crate have been removed if they’re having problems
with potty training. Next, we need to look at how much room our puppy has in their crate. Now, a lot of us will buy a
crate for the puppy’s lifetime. We’re gonna buy it big
enough for them to grow into, but the problem there is that when your puppy’s really little, there might be too much room available for them to go have an
accident in one corner and then sleep soundly or
lie down and be comfortable and dry in another corner of the crate. Something that you can do is, especially for those of
you who have a wire crate for your puppy, you can get a divider. Now, I know there’s probably
some plastic crates out there that you can get a divider for, but you may need to
look at doing something like creating bulk in one end
of your plastic puppy’s crate. Make sure that you really have a good look at how much room your puppy has. They need to be able
to stand up, lie down, and turn around quite
comfortably in their crate, but if you’re giving them
too much more room than that, then they may feel like
there’s lots of opportunities to go pee in one side
and sleep on the other. I’m gonna use Hippy Shake
as my demonstration dog, and I want her to feel like
there’s a bit of a consequence if she has an accident in her crate. And you can see here, I
pour an entire cup of water in one end of the crate, and
she’s still able to relax comfortably in the other end of the crate. So make sure that that crate
has the appropriate amount of space for your puppy, especially when you’re having
potty-training problems. Another option is going
on a buy-and-sell website and grabbing your crate from
there really inexpensively. Now, people are often selling crates, because they feel like they
don’t need to use them anymore, or maybe their puppy has grown out of it. So you can definitely check that out while your puppy is this size. And just a quick search on a
local buy-and-sell website, and I found all sorts
of puppy crate options. We want our puppy’s crate to be somewhere that they can be safe and comfortable and to help us with their
potty-training process, and we don’t wanna have
to be supervising them when they’re in there. However, when you’re
working on crate training, especially if you’re having
potty-training problems with your puppy, it’s a great idea that, if they’re in their crate and
you’re able to supervise them, that you do keep an eye on them, that you really listen for them to maybe start making noise that they might need to go outside. Now, this may seem a little inconvenient, but moving your puppy’s crate around to wherever you are in the living space is gonna be really helpful. After your playtime or
your training session or when they wanna have a rest, moving your puppy, maybe
beside you in the living room while you hang out in there,
is gonna allow you to hear them make noise and let you know
when they need to go out, maybe they begin to stir. Now, if your puppy just
all of a sudden decides to go potty in their crate, that’s also gonna allow
you to capture that moment and use your voice with an
oops or an uh-uh or something, some verbal marker to let them know that that’s not what you want. At that point, you can take them outside and praise them for going in a place that you do want them to go, but that moment that you’re
able to catch them in the act and mark that moment is
gonna be really helpful if they do have an accident. That just reminded me that
after a training session and after playtime, those
are really important times to take your puppy out to go potty. Those are pretty common times
for puppies to have accidents. And any time you’re
about to put your puppy into their crate, make
sure you take them outside. That way, you’re not putting
your puppy away in their kennel or in their crate with a full bladder. That goes for nighttime, too. Now, anytime we have a puppy in the house who’s potty training or crate training, we will always bring
them up to our bedroom in their crate at night. Maybe that means having
another crate in your home, or maybe it means lugging that crate upstairs when it’s bedtime, but believe me, it’s worth it, especially if you’re having
potty-training issues. If we feel like our
puppy’s really struggling or uncomfortable when
they’re beside the bed, then sometimes we’ll elevate that crate. If it’s a small enough crate and puppy, you can even put them
on maybe your nightstand or something like that,
or at least bring them up to where they can see you
or hear you in their crate. Now, it’s gonna be really important, because a lot of people
complain that overnight, I have problems with my
puppy having accidents. At nighttime, and hopefully,
you’re a light enough sleeper, you’ll hear your puppy start to fuss or let you know that they need to go out, and this is a really important thing about being able to
rehearse the good stuff, to really make your puppy feel like they do have an opportunity, if they have to go, they
need to hold it a little bit, but they do have an
opportunity to go outside. Your crate is such an
important management tool for your puppy training,
especially when it comes to your puppy potty-training process. Try saying that three times fast. But if you’re looking for
more crate-training specifics and how to teach your
puppy to love their crate, check out the card above me, and it will really help
your puppy to learn to love their crate and
feel comfortable in there. If you’re having other
potty-training challenges with your puppy, check out
that playlist beside me. It will cover several different aspects of puppy potty-training and some of the mistakes that people make. Now, if this is your
first time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every
single week to help you to have a well-behaved
four-legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken, happy training.

21 Replies to “Potty Training A Puppy In A Crate – Crate Training Isn’t Working – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. Puppy potty training can bring up lots of questions. Especially if you feel like you are making all of the right choices, but your puppy is still having accidents. If you still have questions about your puppy potty training process, check out our playlist all about the different aspects of potty training your puppy: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7BBgLulherkDs-Zi5TTSxcJq8QCHMLRj
    Thanks for watching, and as always, Happy Training! ~Ken

  2. I'll be getting a Golden Retriever puppy this year, and your channel helps me so much!!! I've learned a lot from this and I'm so excited to get a new fur baby!!!

  3. Awesome video! Just wondering how you know whether it’s just whining or whether it’s a signal they need to go, during the night?

  4. Looked like a really cute Nova Scotia Toller Puppy in one of those clips! We're hoping to get one in the fall, so I'm binging your videos…

  5. Thank you for another great video. We crate our puppy while at work and come home in between to let her out. We have taken everything out of the crate but she is still using the bathroom. She could be in the crate for less than 30mins and still potty in the crate. She then proceeds to play with her urine or feces. We get home and she is covered in it and the floor around the crate is covered ( if we leave anything under her crate like a puppy pad or a rug to she pulls it into the crate). What can we do next? Thanks for any guidance that you can provide.

  6. My puppy isn't having any accidents in crate but in the house after we let him out… We always go straight to yard but sometimes doesn't go… Then comes in and go's.. Most time is good sometimes accidents… Is this part of process?

  7. Are you suppose to wake up in the middle of the night to take out your pup like set an alarm or something

  8. Good video, my only question is when bringing my toy poodle home in a apt we live on the third floor , and it can get very hot outside (118 degrees ) during the summer months would it be okay for them to go on the patio or wait until it cools down in the evening to take him to the bathroom ??

  9. my dogs new trainer comes to my home but I dont know if I like her methods she is saying I need to use a prong collar to control my dog when walking

  10. For the last 30 years I've owned Rottweillers and Akitas and have (for the most part) crate trained. The dogs loved it and I never had a problem. No problem, that is, until 2 days ago when I brought home an 8 week old Newfoundland who HATED the crate. Loathed it. Howled and cried and screamed the house down at just the thought of it. Messed in it. Often. Tried tearing it to pieces, eating it, digging her way out of it, and couldn't be inside it for more than a few seconds without becoming so distressed (and loud) that it tore my heart out and I had to remove her. This went on for 2 days. Solid. Show her the cage, watch her freak, remove her (whilst feeling incredibly guilty and a bad dog owner). I'd never experienced anything like it before and was pulling my hair out when I stumbled on your lessons, put them into practice and – wah-lah – within 15 minutes of carrying out your instructions she's not only in her crate, she's ASLEEP on her back in it! All four paws up in the air, totally relaxed. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  11. Potty training my dog is ten times harder than when I potty trained my son!! I about had it with this dog!! I did everything I could..thought we were making progress than nope! Still having accidents!! Really don’t wanna tie her up outside and leave her.. but at this point its hopeless 😩

  12. If I do get a crate from a buy and sell site, any recommendations of products to use to remove pee enzyme/smell from previous owner? Thank you!

  13. so this isn't really something to do with actual crate training, bit an issue I have found with our potty training. unfortunately, when we got our puppy a week ago, we immediately started making the mistake of making the garden a fun place where we play and laugh with him when really we just want him to go potty. when he wasn't peeing we would get bored and just play with him. now I've realized the mistake but I'm not sure how to 'undo' it – how do I now teach him that being outside is all about going potty and not about play?

  14. Very informative video, thank you!

    One question. I have a young pup who I’m trying to potty train via crate training. While I can follow the process when I’m at home, I am out of the house for seven hours when I’m at work. I realize that this isn’t the most ideal situation and I should let him out every couple of hours but I work too far away to go home on my break. Before I get accused of being cruel and irresponsible for getting a pup I can’t spend those hours with, I got him from a friends friend who wasn’t able to look after him.

    I do have a second bigger crate which will allow the puppy to pee and stay out of it. Should I put the pup in the bigger crate when I’m at work so it doesn’t end up in this own pee and then put him in the smaller crate when I’m back home and let him sleep in it?

    Any help would b massively appreciated!

    Thank you in advance!

  15. Hi, my problem is the opposite of this video. We live in an apartment (4th floor) and we don't have easy access to the yard. We want to train out Lhasa to use their wire crate to poop and pee. Our puppy poops and pees all over the room. My husband and I are getting frustrated to the point that sometimes I am thinking of just selling him. I just had a mastectomy and in pain and stressed out all the time and this problem adds up to it. I don't want to give up but…

    Do you have any tips? Please… Thanks in advance.

  16. What should you do if you work? Is it okay to feed a 2 month old puppy only twice a day (morning and when you come home from work) and leave them in the crate for 8-9 hours while you're at work?

  17. While not ideal for everyone, I will tell you how we crate trained some of our puppies and it worked well. One time we got two jack Russell litter mates and we had a special outdoor kennel built for them with plenty of room to romp around in the grass, and in that kennel was a full sized crate. We removed the crate's door so they could come and go freely when they needed to pee or poop. They learned to love the crate. It was their special place to curl up next to each other and sleep. And they learned to pee and poop on the grass outside the crate. We brought them inside for brief periods of play, socialization, and feeding, then took them back outside to their outdoor kennel. We did this for 7 months, and by that time they had passed the really difficult and destructive early puppyhood time. Then we gradually started letting them spend more and more time inside, teaching them to use the doggy door and of course, taking them outside immediately when they showed any signs of needing to pee or poop and all the main cues for that such as right after they wake up, right after they eat or drink, right after they play, and generally after any major event, giving them plenty of opportunities to pee and poop outside. Eventually we started introducing them to sleeping in the bed with us and they loved it and were very well behaved. They are great little dogs. Those first 7 months are usually such stressful and difficult time for raising a puppy, but this setup made it so easy and worry free. Our outdoor kennel is now mainly used when we are going to be gone all day. The indoor crates are used for when we will be gone for short periods of time. Our outdoor kennel is one of those metal pipe and chain link ones with a gate and a roof so they have protection from rain and sunshine and from birds of prey and other predators. We live where it doesn't get very hot or cold.

  18. Hello!! We have 2 yorkie that are going to start to go outside (begins potty training, currently we are failing at supervising). Right now their are sleeping in our bed, but based on your videos the crate is a really good option to control potty during day and night, can you give us any advice to smoothly pass from bed to crate sleeping? Since they just start crying A LOT if they are no in bed when is time to sleep. Also, they spend nearly 8 hours alone at home, how can we improve the potty area while we are at work? We leave them individually at their crates? Or do you have another advice?

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