CRATE TRAINING YOUR FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY!
By putting your French bulldogs / Frenchie puppy in a crate you are giving him or her a sense
of security and a place they can call their own. French bulldogs actually like having a
"den" to cuddle up in. By putting your French bulldogs puppy in a crate while you
are gone it will also give you peace of mind knowing that they are in a safe
place, away from harm, and not doing any damage to your belongings or
Crate training will also help with *potty training*. Make sure you
put Frenchie puppy on a regular schedule for meal times & potty breaks and
use the crate when you are gone or need your pet to rest. French bulldogs will
typically not "go" in their home. They like to keep it clean and will hold
it until you can take them outside to eliminate. Remember to always
praise your French bulldogs puppy when he or she eliminates in the area you want
him/her to outside.
French bulldogs Puppies have very small bladders so they cannot physically hold it
for very very long. I would suggest that you take your puppy out every 2 - 4
hours. As your puppy gets older, naturally they will gain the bladder
control and be able to hold it longer. Eventually this time should increase
to 8 hours or more.
Another thing to consider when purchasing a crate for your French bulldog puppies is to make sure that you buy a crate big enough to accommodate the full growth of your pet. When your
pet is a puppy and you are crate training, make sure that the crate has a
divider panel. You can adjust the placement of the divider panel so that the
puppy does not have full use of the crate thus creating the "den" feeling
that will make your dog feel comfortable and cozy. In this situation the dog
will not want to go in its den and will keep the area clean. If you give the
puppy the full area of the crate it may be too large and the dog will make
one area of the crate his potty area and the other area as his sleeping
area. Adjust the divider panel so that your Bulldog puppy has enough area to
get up and stretch but not enough room to eliminate. I like the life stages
crate you can view it here:
Crate training your Bulldog puppy or dog is just a smart thing to do for you
and your new bullie baby. It will give you the sense of security and peace
knowing that your pet is not getting in harms way while you are away
Before you start actually using your crate, your puppy will need to learn that it is a
good place to be. Many breeders begin the crate training before the puppies leave, if
this is the case with your puppy, still follow the steps below, but expect to have a
puppy who just loves being in the crate very quickly.
Take a tasty treat and / or toy. Lure the puppy into the crate, praise and make a
general big fuss with the puppy while they are in the crate, give the treat, have a
little game with the toy and then allow the puppy to come out of the crate. Do this 2
to 3 time in a row, several times a day. Your puppy will soon be running into the
crate of his own accord, so you can now put a 'word' to the crate for your
puppy. 'Crate' 'Den' or 'Bed' are quite good words to use.
Once your puppy is happy in their crate, close the door and leave them in there for a
couple of minutes. If you do this when your puppy is tired in all they may even lay
down for a sleep when you close the door. Keep repeating this, letting the time your
puppy spends in the crate build up. If the puppy cries ignore him. Only open the
door when the puppy is quiet and calm. If you do comfort the puppy or let him out
of the crate if he is letting his displeasure show, he will be very quick to work out
that this type of behaviour works to get what he wants.
You will soon be able to extend the time your puppy is in the crate. Many pups and
adult dogs will retreat to their crate (or 'den' to their way of thinking) if they want
some quiet time. The crate should be your pups own personal space, just for them,
somewhere quiet but where they can still see what the rest of their pack (you and
your family) are doing.
Never leave a young pup or adult dog in a crate for long periods of time unless
absolutely necessary. The crate is just a training aid and safe house for your pup
and should never become a total way of life. This is not what crates were ever
designed for, and like any tool can become cruel if abused. Young pups should be
crated or denned for their own safety when they can not be supervised, but they
need to come out frequently to go to the toilet - even at night. A general rule of
thumb for how long a puppies can reasonably be expected to hold their bladder in a
crate (in hours) is the age in months plus one - to an absolute maximum of 8 hours.
This is the maximum however - it should be avoided if possible, especially on a
regular or daily basis. Dogs are not designed to hold urine and toxins within their
bodies for long stretches of time on a constant basis, and there can be long term
physical consequences. So if you don't *have* to ask your puppy or dog to hold on
that long - don't.
See the article on housetraining on how to manage calls of nature with your puppy.
As your puppy get older and more sensible, you will have to crate him less and less.
You may find that you go several days without using your crate, but it is still a good
idea to have your dog go into his crate occasionally so he is happy with it when you
do need it. It also gives him a quiet place to retreat when he doesn't want to be
bothered. Many people leave the crates up all the time with the door permanently
open and their dogs can go in and out of them as they please.
Crates are cruel. This statement is very true for the poor dog who is crated for 18+
hours out of 24, and for years on end, but like anything, if used properly they are a
wonderful housetraining tool. Dogs are natural denning animals - they like
somewhere comfortable and safe. If introduced to the crate properly they love it. A
dog accustomed to a crate will gladly run into it when the command is given, and be
happy to spend some time in the crate. Don't forget to train your puppy to be out of
his crate though. It is far easier if he is accustomed from an early age to being alone
for periods of time unrestrained than to suddenly expect him to cope with freedom
and not destroy anything at a later age.
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