Crate training your ween
Updated: Jun 14, 2021
Crates when used appropriately are safe and welcome spaces for your ween. Like a bedroom for a child, the crate often becomes a place of refuge when your ween is feeling stressed and needs a break. They are also excellent tools for house breaking or to help teething meeps stay out of trouble. Lastly because weens are predisposed to IVDD then teaching them to tolerate crate rest so they can recover is essential.
Here we would like to share our ideas about crate training so that you and your ween can use the crate to your advantage.
1) Start early:
In order to create positive associations with the crate we recommend starting when meeps are still young and adjusting to their new environment. If you offer treats when they enter and exit then your meep will show excitement when presented with the crate instead of reluctance or fear. Do not use the crate as a form of punishment when your ween makes a mistake.
2) Get the right size:
The crate should be large enough that your ween can sleep comfortably. Larger crates will offer room to pee in the corner which you want to avoid. With meeps expect to get a small crate and upgrade in size as they get older.
3) Length of time inside:
A rule of thumb for meeps is to use their age in months as a maximum number of hours left in a crate without a break. Their bladder and bowl control improves as they age. If you are working and not able to offer your meep a pee break at an appropriate time then we would recommend you find a dog walker to help for the first few months. Investing the time in at an early age will have huge long term benefits. Cutting down your house breaking time in a big way. Improperly managed, a dachshund can take years to house break. It's totally worth the extra effort in the first 6 to 12 months. Check out our HOUSE BREAKING blog for more suggestions.