Crate and Potty Training my Pitbull Puppy

Crate and potty training your new puppy from Coyote Pit Bulls is one of the most important steps of welcoming your puppy into your home and establishing rules routines and boundaries. Remember no puppy or dog likes to potty in the same area they sleep. If they are pottying in their crate it is not a sign of disobedience. Your puppy needs an established routine. Below is an outline to easy crate training.
• Feed and water your puppy at the same time every day, preferably in their crate. Pick a time where you will be home for at least an hour after they eat.
• Remove food and water from the crate once your puppy has stopped actively eating and drinking.
• Keep a watchful eye on your puppy. Anywhere from 5-20 minutes after eating and drinking they will need to relieve themselves. Sometimes in the beginning it just makes sense to sit with a chair at their kennel so you don’t miss their “potty signals.”
o Signals of needing to potty include sniffing, walking in circles, sniffing in circles, walking in circles a little faster than usual, pacing, and proceeding to squat (if you were unable to catch the other signals).
• When your puppy is displaying these signals, take your puppy to the area (potty pad, newspaper, outside area) immediately. If using a potty pad or newspaper and your puppy walks off of it, be diligent in picking your puppy and placing him back on the pad or paper. Eventually he will not be able to hold himself anymore, and will relieve himself on the spot.
• Continue working with your puppy. This will take anywhere from a week to 3 weeks. Keep this routine and your puppy will begin to signal you or walk to the area (or door) by himself to let you know he needs to go.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
• Pitbull puppies are smart and will catch on fast. We have had reports of our puppies being crate and potty trained within a few days. Be diligent in your training and routine. Choose a time of the day where you or a family member can establish this routine without distractions or breaks in the routine.
• There will be accidents! Don’t get discouraged. They are just babies and sometimes it takes time.
• This breed is intelligent. They are eager and willing to learn and please.
• Coyote Pit Bulls will always be here for any advice on your new puppy.

CRATE TRAINING (During potty training)

Crate training of your new pitbull puppy should coincide with potty training. The idea is to teach your puppy that the crate is a place for eating sleeping, and relaxing – not a place for pooping or punishment. So it is important that this idea is trained into your puppy.
• Your puppy should have a favorite toy and the same 1 or two blankets or beds.
• Choose a crate that is large enough for your puppy to keep as he grows. We suggest Large, XL, or XXL dog crates.
• Play constantly with your puppy and his new toy. Keep the same blanket in his crate to sleep on (remove only to wash).
• If your pitbull puppy will be sleeping in his crate during the night, be sure to place him in there with his favorite toy and on the same blanket. He will learn it is time to “settle down.”
• If your puppy cries, do not take him out of the crate. He will learn very quickly that crying will lead to him or her being released from the crate.
• The crate should be in a quiet room, away from activity (this is temporary). Preferably in a place where your puppy cannot see you if you get out of bed to get a drink or use the restroom. This will start the crying up all over again.
• Offer your puppy a chew at night the first couple of weeks. Chewing and having something to do in the crate will keep your pitbull puppy from worrying about where you are and also reduce boredom and anxiety which leads to chewing up his toys or linens.
• Remember – it may be a sleepless few days. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay on routine. Do not get discouraged.

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