II need some input, the last time I raised a puppy was 14 yrs ago..Lucky my Dalmatian had to be put to sleep because of health problems in July 07 at the age of 14 1/2 yrs ,I think I waited long enough 10 months to get a new pooch . And will be getting a puppy Bichon 3 months old or so. I am planning to get a pet crate for training. When should I keep him in the crate, how often should I take him out to do his business? And what would be the longest time he should be kept in the crate. Any input will be helpful
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Congradulations on your new baby. I think they are soooo cute. You will have to post pictures. I will not be any help as far as the crating. I stay home and not working outside the home anymore I just take mine out about ever hr. on the hr. to tee. My schnayzers were trained in no time. Now Kayla (yorkie) is another story. Little wart is 10mo. old and will go out the doggie door and come right back in and tee tee. I think I'm going to put a band-aid on it. lol!! Good luck with your new baby. Little Bichons are so sweet.
someone told me that if i got a crate just the right size for the dog it would help train it because it would like go to the bathroom in the back and sleep in the front. i dont no how true that is. but crate training is good and when its young is the time to get it used to it. im getting a new puppy next week YEAH! well im excited for the teething and poop too! congrats have fun
I can't begin to tell you how much I love crate training. Harley never really had any accident in the house! He was housebroken that fast. I would suggest you buy a couple of books, one about raising puppies and one about Bichons. Both will probably have plenty of helpful tips.
A rule of thumb is that a pup can hold it for however many months old it is, plus one. So a 3 month old pup can hold it approximently 4 hours. Of course, all pups are different, but that gives you an idea.
I highly recommend crate training. I'm surprised at the people who don't crate train, even if they are home all day. What do they do when they go to the store? Go to a movie? Go out with friends for the day?
All dogs should be used to going in a crate. You never know when am emergency may come up and they may HAVE to be crated. The last thing you want is a stressed out dog that won't go in a crate.
I suggest reading My Smart Puppy, by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. Absoulutely the best book I've come across about getting and training a new pup.
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