How to Use a Crate to Potty Train an Older Dog


Potty training an older dog can be challenging, but it is possible with patience and consistency. Using a crate can be a helpful tool in the potty training process.

Choose the Right Crate

The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. It should also be comfortable and inviting.

Introduce the Crate 

Start by putting your dog's favorite toys and treats in the crate. Let your dog explore the crate at their own pace.

Crate Your Dog

Once your dog is comfortable in the crate, start crating them for short periods of time. Gradually increase the amount of time they spend in the crate.

Take Your Dog Out Frequently

Take your dog out to potty frequently, especially after they eat, drink, or wake up from a nap.

Reward Your Dog

When your dog goes potty outside, be sure to praise and reward them. This will help them learn that going potty outside is a good thing.

Don't Punish 

If your dog has an accident in the house, do not punish them. This will only make them afraid of the crate and less likely to go potty outside.

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