Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: LonG Island, New Yawk
Crate training is highly recommended, not only for house-training, but to make the association of the crate with a safe "cave" that the dog can go to either as a retreat for him or a place to send him if he needs to be confined for a period (like if you're cleaning or need to prop the door open to move something in or out, etc.) It also confines him while you can't watch him (or just need a break) so things don't get chewed up. Don't want your shoes chewed on, or electrical cords either.
When we got our pup at 7 weeks, we crate trained. We took the pup out as recommended on the forum (see all the house-training threads), fed small meals at regular times, took up water in the evening around 9P, and the took turns getting up about every 3 hours to bring the dog out for potty.
This was kind of a pain for several months BUT IT WORKED. I can count on one hand the accidents our pup had and 80% of them were MY fault. Mostly, I forgot to take the little guy out about 30 mins after playing or right after he woke up, etc and he had to go. He had ONE poop incident. We were diligent otherwise and this made it so much easier on us AND him.
We slowly increased the time he and we could spend asleep at night. I'd say by 5 months, maybe a little before that, we were back to sleeping through the night. At 6 months we went to 2 feedings per day and leaving water out at all times. No issues. Potty breaks 1st thing in AM and last thing at night.
Maybe 2 months ago we did the experiment to see how things would go if we let Boon roam the house at night. Figured he'd let us know if he had to go out, but since we walk him before bed, he hasn't had to. He mostly comes into our bedroom to sleep, or the hallway just outside. In another few months, we'll start letting him stay outside the kennel (crate) for increased periods while we're away from the house. It's a process. Go through the process patiently and everybody has a better experience.