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Accepting the Crate

January 12, 2018, 2:37 AM
Q: We got our 10 week old westie puppy this week. I noticed that he still pees or poos when let out of the palace when we get home. Is this normal and will he adjust to going in the palace? I live in an apartment and he isnt finish with vaccinations so dont want him outside yet. Should I have other areas outside the palace set up to potty indoors or will it confuse him. Do you recommend using and xpen with the crate now or wait a bit until he is fully trained in the palace. I am a new dog owner and having much anxiety although I know its just day 4...but feel I need to restart. He also cries and whines at first when we put in in...which I can handle. I want to teach him calm crate behavior. Should I give treats when he is calm in the crate? Thanks, Natasha Clinton-Starks
A: The goal is for him to accept his crate and actually learn to like it. It needs to be in a separate area and you should use a cover. The reward for being calm is letting him out but only when you are ready. He needs to learn what your routine is and accept it.