Keep a consistent schedule - Always potty your puppy before crating them. Especially important is to
wait at least 15-30 min after your puppy eats to potty him, then put him in his crate. Otherwise your puppy's food will not have enough time to
digest and he will be sure to have an accident in the crate.
Give him a way out - Here's a great way for your puppy to alert you when he needs to go.
Hang a jingle bell on the crate door and jingle it whenever you take your dog out. He will learn to ring the bell when he needs to go out.
I highly recommend using
Poochie-Bells, the Original Designer Doggie Doorbell.
Use familiar scents - One of the most overlooked puppy crate training tips is keeping a t-shirt
you have worn in the crate. Your Maltese puppy will be comforted and calmer if you follow this advice. It's best to keep a couple of scented
t-shirts ready and change them out weekly.
Use for punishment - When crate training a new puppy you should never use it to punish your dog.
Do not send him to his crate if he is a "bad boy". You want him to associate his crate with safety and comfort.
Rush things - It may take your Maltese puppy awhile to get accustomed to being in his crate for long
periods of time. Slowly work your way up from 30 min for puppies 9-10 weeks old to 4-6 hrs for puppies 18 weeks and up.
Crate for long periods of time - Never lock your puppy in the crate for extended periods of time over 6 hrs.
This often means getting up in the middle of the night to let him out and having a neighbor let him out a few times during the day if you work
full time. Once your Maltese is fully grown at around 1 yr old, he will be able to "hold it" longer. Even then, limit his time in the crate to a
maximum of 8 or 9 hrs.
Use force - When crate training a puppy you should never force him into the crate if he doesn't want to go. This will only make him
stressed out, scared, or anxious. Be patient and encourage your Maltese puppy into the crate with a favorite toy or treat.
I hope these tips help you get started with puppy crate training. I'm not an expert so if you'd like to learn more about crate training a puppy, I highly recommend
Dove Cresswell's Puppy Training Videos.
These videos cover everything from potty training to good puppy manners.
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