How do I crate train my 2 puppies?

We have 2 mini Dachshund/Chihuahua sisters. They are a 9 weeks old and are used to sleeping together. We have had them for a week now and they are used to sleeping in the kitchen. There has been a little bit of whining during the nights when we put them to bed, but I know that’s normal.I read, and put one of my shirts on the floor where they sleep and they didn’t cry so much last night. One puppy belongs to my boyfriend and I, and the other is my roommates. They use the pee pads just fine while they are in the kitchen, except for occasional misses when they poop. We watch them really close while we are home and they do go on the carpet now and then and we say NO and put their nose in it, then place them on the pad right away. I have heard that using the pee pads in the apartment makes the dogs think that it’s ok to go in the house…is this true? I would like to take them outside, but they don’t get their second set of shots until the end of the month. The vet said once they get those we will be able to take them out on walks.

Also, does anyone know of a good website with lots of informaiton on crate training. I would like to know if it would be a good idea to separate them at night…one in each of our rooms. I think that one problem is that both dogs are used to my boyfriend and I…but not my roommate. All of us work during the day…would we put both their crates together in the kitchen while we are gone? Or should we leave them out in the kitchen like we do now? I go home at lunch everyday and take them out so they can play a little bit, then i put them back in the kitchen when I come to work. I know that they are little and can’t hold their pee long…and I don’t want them to pee in the crate.

Any info would be greatly appreciated…Thanks!

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    4 Responses to “How do I crate train my 2 puppies?”

    1. wishnuwelltoo says:

      Sometimes they confuse pee pads with carpet. Here are some tips, use what helps.
      I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don’t potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them *out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go *outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn’t. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and praise her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident, make a disgust sound like “tsst” and take her out right away. I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, before nap, finish romping, when their activities change, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn’t had an accident in several weeks, I don’t let my guard down. I don’t expect my puppies to be "fully potty trained" until one-year-old. If they have a setback, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a "big girl." This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing "no barking", ‘no biting", "no jumping", and "don’t eat the furniture." I also have to practice "playing inside" so she doesn’t knock over things. You must keep the puppy in sight when they are little because they don’t know the difference between newspaper and carpet, and you don’t want them sneaking off and getting into trouble. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old.
      *I use a CRATE to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. . However, use the method that works best for you…..a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, x-pen, child gates, whatever works for you.
      *OUTSIDE, pee pad, litter box, whichever method you are using. When the puppy is first little, keep the pee pad, litter box near the food and water dish, so the puppy can eat and drink, and then go potty. You can move it away as they get older. The pee pad has a scent that smells and initiates potty. Sometimes a pee pad makes a sound that scares some puppies, so you might want to use a litter box if that happens. The pee pad allows a puppy to walk around, but a litter box keeps the puppy in one place.
      *BEDROOMS, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don’t have to sleep in the bedroom forever.
      *TREATS. While I use treats for training, you don’t have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them.
      *SOME PUPPIES will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies have to be told to go potty. A command like "go out" for pee, or "go finish" for poop, might work for you, keep saying “go finish” until the puppy poops. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won’t get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamiliar

    2. ~♥ Shih Tzu lover ♥~ says:

      Rubbing a puppy’s nose in their business is not going to teach them anything other than to be fearful of people. You need to start positive re-enforcement training – lots of praise when your puppy goes potty where he/she is meant to. If you catch him in the act move him to his potty area. You also may find that living with two puppies, especially two from the same litter, will cause the puppies to bond with each other, rather than yourselves, making training more difficult.
      If your apartment has no private garden where no other dogs have been I guess you will have to continue with the potty pads until they have had all their vaccinations. You also should not leave puppies alone for more than 3 hours (i personally wouldn’t leave a 9 week old longer than 2 hours) and make sure that there are no objects that they could accidentally injure themselves with.

    3. Weimaraner Mom says:

      Ok as for your first question, yes, training them to go on pee pads teaches them that inside is ok, think about it, a dog cannot tell the difference between a pee pad and your $1000 persian rug, make sense? Your vet might have said they cannot go for WALKS until after their second set of shots but he said nothing of taking them outside to pee and poop. Don’t walk them because they can come into contact with other dogs and be at risk, you can however, take them outside and teach them to housebreak.

      Dogs are social creatures they are pack animals. If you dont’ want them sleeping together then they must sleep with you in your room. You can still crate but the crate must be in your room. If you do not want to do that then put them in a crate together and let them sleep, they will keep each other company and won’t cry too much.

      I’ve attached a website on how to crate train and hope this helps. Make sure they are on a schedule to go outside to eliminate, put them to bed when you go to bed not before (they aren’t children) and set their eating schedule too. Make sure you don’t feed after 5 if possible and you pick up their water around 7 pm and make sure they get outside a lot to eliminate before bed, this will help with during the night if they have an empty bladder when they go to sleep.

      Good luck

    4. RSH RanDee AVP says:

      1st — You have 2 small dogs that should probably still be with their moms for another few weeks, they will cry and be very dependent.
      2nd — Peepads are not a good idea as a previous answer stated. They don’t know the difference and cause more problems LATER.
      3rd — if you want your dog to be afraid of you, keeping rubbing his nose in it. If you want your dog to have problems like submissive urination, keeping rubbing his nose in it. If you want your dog to respect you, you clean up the mess while the dog cannot see you and go about your business as if it never happened.
      4th — You can take the dog outside to the same spot where it wont have contact with other dogs to eliminate. Neither of my dogs contracted anything and I live in an apartment.

      You can keep the crates in your bedroom at night and during the day or keep them in the kitchen, it’s entirely up to you. It may be a good idea to start crating them in separate crates in the same room.

      If you introduce the crate correctly, it will help them control their bladder. However, if they can’t be let out for 2-3 hours, don’t crate them that long just yet. That’s when you’ll have accidents in the crate.

      AND, you will have accidents, its just part of owning a puppy 🙂

      The website the first answer listed is a great resource.

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