Have you had difficulties in crate training puppies at night? Many dog owners have issues with crate training during the night because it can be difficult for young puppies to hold it throughout the whole night.
Here are some tips for crate training puppies at night:
- Don’t leave food or water in your puppy’s crate or kennel. If you leave food or water in the crate it will make it very difficult for your young puppy to hold his bladder throughout the night.
- Don’t put a dog bed or pillow in the crate or kennel. Dog beds and pillows are soft. Puppies like to pee on soft things like pillows, blankets, grass, dirt, and carpet. By leaving a bed in the crate you may be encouraging your dog to eliminate in his kennel.
- Cut off your dog’s water a few hours before bed. If your puppy is drinking water right up until bed time it is going to be much more difficult to last through the night. Make sure your dog doesn’t have access to water about two to three hours before your bedtime.
- Take your puppy out to the bathroom right before you go to bed. Many puppies will fall asleep early. If that is the case then you should still wake the puppy up before your bedtime so he has one last opportunity to empty his bladder.
Understand that with age comes the ability to have bladder control. If you have a puppy under the age of 12 weeks then you may still find yourself getting up once or twice or more during the night. Even some puppies over the age of 12 weeks still have problems holding it throughout the night. Read this article and you will have the secret to crate training puppies at night.