Crate training in not about leaving the puppy in the crate all the time. Puppies have 2 speed. sleep, and 100% balls to the walls all out. It is for the sleep portion that makes up 90% of a puppies day that the crate is for or those times you can't suppervise. Too much crate time is not good for the puppy. It does need to be out in the world socializing. See the Links provided earlier.Okay I have read 3 basset books so far, and they really all say the same thing, they cover different topics and what not but most of them say crate training yet hard is VERY effective.
How do I explain this to my STUBBORN girlfriend. She is an animal lover, and thinks its really inhumane to leave a pup in a crate all the time. I have talked to my friend that owns a basset, and the couple works full time (both of them) and when they first got there pup, they would leave it in its crate all day long until they got home from work. They said it was hard to do, but they got her potty trained in about 2-3 weeks. Which I think is amazing
Is this something you recommend? Im not sure if Im going to have the nerve to keep him locked in a crate all day while im at work, and my girlfriend thinks he shouldnt be in a crate at all.
Anyone? :mellow: :huh:[/b]
On of the biggest mistakes made in crate training ( teach your puppy to love it's crate distinctively different for using a crate to help housetrain) is it is best to crate train the puppy before using it for any housetraining purpose. see
Creating a night time ritual
Keep in mind dogs have ben house trained for hundreds of years before anyone ever thought of using a crate for the purpose it can be done without a crate. It just requires more dilligence.
So amazing that it borders on impossible. I have yet to see, own or ever hear of a 8 -12 wek basset puppy that could even in a crate go more than 4-5 hours without having to eliminate. If you plan on using a crate to confine the puppy during the day acpect to have to come home for lunch or hire a pet walker to do so. The fastest and quickest way to eliminate the advantages of a crate for house training is leave the puppy in the crate longer than it can hold it. Often times it only takes a couple of time and the dog no longer views the crate as a den but as a bathroom. Betsy and many others use a modified techinque of puting a crate inside an xpen. This gives the dog more space than a crate but still confines them.they first got there pup, they would leave it in its crate all day long until they got home from work. They said it was hard to do, but they got her potty trained in about 2-3 weeks. Which I think is amazing[/b]
It is a myth you can housetraining a puppy in 2-3 weeks, regardless of breed, and this does not even take into consideration that bassets are one of the more difficult bred to house train. Many owners often make a huge mistake in thinking their dops are housetrained when the accidents stop in the house. This does not mean the dog is house trained only that you are poperly managing the dog. A house trained dog is not merely manged by humans but signals humans when it needs to releave itself and has developed self control in order to hold it when there are no humans to honor that request. It has been my experence that basset at the earliest gain that kind of sphincter control approx 5 month but many others much later. typically it takes nearly a year of dilegence before a bassetr puppy can be said to be reliably be house trained.
A book review of "How to Housebreak your Dog in 7 Days " which got the lowest rating possible by the rater
On the other hand, some of her suggestions are questionable, not the least of which is the title itself. Certainly a puppy can begin to grasp the fundamentals of housetraining within a few days, but it is overly optimistic to suggest that a puppy can be genuinely "housebroken" in a single week. I've heard more than a few disappointed owners express unhappiness with themselves and their puppies for being unable to achieve such rapid success.
Of greater concern are Kalstone's sample schedules which propose leaving the untrained animal in a crate for as long as 10 uninterrupted hours (8am-6pm) while the owner is at work. These schedules, according to the author, can be used for puppies as young as 12 weeks of age - a suggestion that I find disturbing. Leaving a puppy crated for that length of time virtually guarantees that the pup will be forced to soil its crate, thereby undermining one's efforts to crate-train and housetrain. Kalstone acknowledges this, "It's normal to find a puddle or a mess when you first begin... eventually you will return home one night to find no mistakes."
Forcing a puppy to sit in a cage - quite possibly in its own waste - for 10 uninterrupted hours is tantamount to cruelty. A wiser author would assert that the working person must, at least temporarily, come home to let the pup out at lunchtime, contract with someone else to do that, make arrangements for the pup to soil in a way that he need not be trapped with it, or simply not get a puppy until their lifestyle allows for it.[/b]