With all the new puppys in the forum, I thought this topic would be appropriate and also a trip down memory lane for most of us....
Topic – Crate Training & Housebreaking
•What type of crate do you use and what materials does your doberman lie on.
•How did you train your doberman to use the crate, how long did it take?
•What uses does the crate serve for you and how does your doberman see the crate? (bedroom, punishment, etc)
•When did you stop using the crate?
•What techniques did you use to Housebreak/potty train you doberman? (puppy pads, etc)
•How long did it take it become 100% reliable, no more mistakes.
•How does your Doberman alert you that they need to go out.
•Do they go on different surfaces and in new locations easily? (if traveling and no grass is available)
I use the largest plastic crate that petsmart carries. I don't remember the size but it can accommodate a Doberman laying out standing.
I crate train by first teaching down stay, then I have them down stay in the crate with the door open, then I close the door after they are comfortable.
I don't rush into crate training. If I have to leave, I crate, but I try to be home for a few days strait with a new dog. I also use the crate as little as possible. I primarily use an alternate house breaking method where the new dog is on a leash with me 24/7. It is several times more work than crate training but the bond it forms and the understanding of who's house it is pays dividends for life.
Somewhere in the 1 to 2 year range, or after about 2 months for new adult dogs, I stop using the crate just because I'm gone. I'll still use it if I need them contained and I generally use it with the door open as their den.
For house breaking, they are in a crate our on a leash 24/7. They go for a potty break every 30 minutes at first, then I taper down based on when they are actually going. I wrap a leash around my arm and sleep on a couch with them so that they can't get away to go potty at night. As a result they wake me up as needed, and we go for a potty break as often as I get woken up.
All my dogs have been 100% by about 4 months or within about a week of leash training for the adult dogs.
I'm a big fan of dog doors but if the door is closed they generally figure something out to get my attention. Every dog has been different, and I've found it easier to let them train me on that one.
I generally don't have an issue with my dogs not being willing to go potty anywhere outside that I tell them to go potty at. Sent from Petguide.com Free App