Puppy Crate Training

Puppy Crate Training – First Night at Home

Not Sure What to Do When You Bring Your New Puppy Home?

Here’s How to Make That First Day & Night Easier on Your Pup and You!

It’s so exciting to bring home a new puppy! Not just for you, but for the pup too, of course!

It may be a bit frightened of all the new things on the first day, so remember you’ll have to take it easy on the little furball.

Think of how YOU’D feel….you’d be scared too! I know I’d be….

First day home

It’s Potty Time!Tired Puppy needs to go to bed!

Once you bring your new puppy home, let it go potty outside in a spot where you want it to go. If your puppy does go potty, praise it a lot!

If it does not go within 10-15 minutes, I would then bring it in the house, but make sure you watch your new four-legged friend at all times. I would recommend bringing it out again in about 15 minutes or so to try again.

Time to Eat!

Another good thing to show your new pup is where the food and water dishes are located. I recommend asking the previous owners what type of puppy food it has been eating. This way you can have it on hand so it will be something familiar for the puppy.

After the puppy has eaten and drank some water, it is always a good idea to bring it out again…yes, AGAIN! Usually, it does not take long…most of the time it is only about 10-20 minutes or so after.

Nap time!

Very young puppies usually are very active for a little while at a time, usually at most an hour or so, then they tend to get tired and fall asleep wherever they might be. If your puppy is getting tired out and starting to slow down, try putting it in its crate. Find the best prices for Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate, at Amazon.

What I found has worked, at least for me, with a young puppy around 8-10 weeks old, is to just sit on the floor next to the crate or even put the crate next to where you are sitting. This way my new furry friend can see I’m still there.


sleeping puppy

Puppies are used to sleeping with its litter mates and of course their moms. On your puppies first night at home try to make it as close to being with its momma and litter mates as possible. Try placing something with the mother dog’s and litter mates scent on it within the crate.

There’s No Place Like Home!

Another good way to keep the crate from being a terrifying place for your new pup is to bring a stuffed dog toy, a towel or small blanket with you when you go to pick your puppy up.

This way you can use the stuffed toy or blanket to get a “scent from home” for your puppy. Do this by rubbing the toy or blanket on the mother dog or its litter mates.

This really helps, at least it did for my puppies. Just remember, it is not advised to leave them unattended with anything that they can easily choke on or chew up into small pieces. So, make sure it is something durable.

Puppy’s First Night Home

Okay! Bed time…finally! So tired after chasing around and keeping an eye on the puppy all day long…especially after the long drive there and then back home! Boy, I bet the pup is exhausted!

It won’t stop whining and crying! Why?

Let me tell you, it’s not easy having a new puppy in the house, especially the first night home. You probably won’t sleep much for awhile. Sorry, but that’s usually how it goes. Once in awhile though you may be lucky and end up with one of those pups that actually sleep for most of the night.

Follow These 7 Tips & Make Life Easier on Both of You

  1. Give puppy plenty of exercise throughout the day
  2. Keep puppy in its crate even in the day when it’s sleeping. If it falls asleep outside of the crate, put it in the crate…very carefully! So, hopefully, you won’t wake it up!
  3. Make a regular schedule for everything- potty times, eating and drinking times, play times, etc.
  4. Do not give food to your puppy just before going to bed. Do this at least an hour before and although many say not to give any water to the pup either, I would at least give it a little bit. I guess I’m a big softie.
  5. Make sure you bring your pup out to potty JUST before going to bed. This has worked for me and I’ve had dogs all my life.
  6. Place the crate next to your bed. This is another thing I’ve always done with all of my puppies and so far I’ve made it through their first nights. I DO NOT let them in bed. This will lead to them expecting this treatment all the time. Just think about how big your puppy will be full grown…do you want your full grown dog jumping up there?
  7. Get up every couple of hours to bring puppy out to potty and give it lots of praise when it goes potty…then go back to bed, or at least attempt it. Try to teach your puppy this is not time to play, although it may take awhile for it to learn this.

What to do if your puppy is whining in its crate at night?

Don’t go crazy! It will stop, hopefully sooner rather than later! Remember, especially on the first night, it is in a strange place and has to learn a routine!

I would make sure you met all of its needs prior to putting it to bed in its crate such as going potty, food and water-but not just right before bed, exercise and play time. If you just let your puppy sleep for a few hours and woke it up just to go to bed I wouldn’t expect to get sleep anytime soon!

Don’t worry it will get better! Just stick to a routine and make sure to praise your puppy for the good behavior that you want!

I’d love to hear from you! What has been your experiences with a new puppy? Never owned a puppy before? If you have any questions, go ahead and leave them in the box below, and I WILL get back to you!

So, please feel free to comment, ask questions, and share this with your friends!

🙂 -Sherry

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Potty Training Tips for Puppies – How to Stop Puppy Potty Accidents

Potty Training Tips for Puppies

(Recently updated on 7-12-17)

Are you having problems training your new puppy? Want to find out how you can teach your puppy to NOT to go potty in the house?

If you’ve never had a puppy before maybe you didn’t realize owning a puppy is a big responsibility.

You’ll need to teach your puppy what you want it to do. Many people don’t realize what they’re getting themselves into when they become the proud owners of a new puppy.

Not only does this puppy need things such as food, water, exercise, attention, and veterinary care, it also needs to learn.
Puppies are new to the world and have not yet learned what they should or should not do.  They don’t know it’s wrong to go potty on the floor yet.You need to take the time to teach your puppy all of this.

7 Tips on How to Potty Train Your Puppy

Bring your puppy out:

  • Set a Routine
  • At least every 2 hours
  • After eating and drinking
  • As SOON as they wake up
  • When you see the signs that it has to go potty (*more on that below)
  • Crate train your puppy
  • Reward your puppy for doing his or her business outside

Keep Your Puppy on a Schedule

One of the first tips I can give you on this is to make sure you bring your puppy out on a regular basis. At least every two hours at first and whenever they seem to be looking for a place to go potty.

Did you know that your puppy will do the same things every time it needs to go potty?

Well, in my experience with our puppies they often start acting a certain way every time they need to GO!

What you need to do is find out what exactly it is they start to do each time they have the urge to go potty. Although all puppies and dogs are a bit different, I’ve found over the years that they often have similar behavior when it’s close to their potty time.

Your Puppy Will Give You a Sign!

  • Searching for a place to go – puppy sniffing around frantically? It’s time to go out!
  • Circling the area – some puppies and even older dogs often go around in a circle just before going potty
  • Whining or whimpering – puppy is trying to tell you something! Maybe time to go out?

If you see your pup going around with its nose to the floor, sniffing at everything as if it’s on an important mission, well, most likely it is…

It’s on a mission to find the perfect place to go potty!

And, if you see it going in rather tight circles, you better hurry! This means it found its perfect place and is about to either go pee or poop. Of course, some dogs and puppies won’t go in a circle like this and just squat and go once they find their potty spot.

They’re all a bit different, so the best thing to do is watch your puppy closely and find out what KEY behaviors it has when it needs to go potty.

Puppy Wakes Up, You Get Up & Out Pronto!

I have found that since puppies usually sleep quite frequently, the best thing that has worked for me is to bring the puppy out right away when he or she wakes up.  By doing this, I have been able to avoid quite a few accidents from happening.

Another good time to bring your pup out is after eating or drinking water.

How to avoid puppy potty accidents

Our dog, Jade, playing with puppy Samson

Yes, this seems like a lot of time spent watching your puppy like a hawk, doesn’t it?

But, it isn’t that bad…just be aware of where your puppy is in the home and see what it’s up to at the moment. I’d recommend closing any doors to other rooms to keep the puppy out of them. Usually all of the puppies we’ve had in the past pretty much stayed at our side day and night when we were at home.

And, they’re still at our side, lol. Even as older dogs now, they all have to be where we are when we’re at home.

As pups, if they scampered off to another room that we couldn’t see what they were up to we’d call them back or even go follow them…

Why, did we have to either call the puppy back or follow it, you ask?

Well, the reason for this is simply the same as you’d wonder what your young toddler is up to if it disappears into another room…

And, usually the reason they take off to another room is because they think they can get away with doing something if you can’t see them. Right?


If they try to sneak from your line of sight, it almost 98% of the time means one thing…

They’re up to NO Good!

So, go and see what your puppy is up to if it waddles off to another room, especially if it won’t come back as you call it or if it hasn’t yet learned how to come to you when it’s called.

Tired Pup?

Another bit of advice to help you is that once your puppy is getting sleepy or already sleeping is to put your puppy in a small enclosed area such as a crate, especially at night or whenever you can’t watch the puppy every minute.  This way the puppy will let you know when it’s awoke by whimpering or crying to get out.  Bring your puppy out right away once you hear it crying or whimpering.

At night, when our pups were still learning, we always kept them right there with us in our bedroom. We’d place their crate next to the side of the bed somewhere and this way we’d hear it in time to bring it outside every time it awoke.

Why Crate Training Will Help Your Pup Learn To Go Potty Outside

Tired Puppy needs to go to bed!

Our dog, Jade, as a pup. The best way to avoid having your puppy having potty accidents while you are sleeping is to keep your pup in a crate. This way you won’t have to worry about it getting into something or leaving you an unpleasant surprise to step in!

Dogs do NOT like to do their business in an area that they are “living” or sleeping in.  Puppies are the same way.

So far, I have not had any of our puppies that we have raised have any kind of accident in their “bed” or sleeping area like this.

Just remember, your puppy is a baby and when it cries it wants something!  Even if it is only 2 AM, get yourself up and bring the puppy out!

Be patient!

Sometimes it takes awhile for your little pup to figure out what it is supposed to do.

If you wait long enough, it’ll “remember” what it was that they woke you up for in the first place…gotta go potty!

Well, either they remember or they just can’t hold it anymore, but either way, it’s now outside where you want them to go potty.

Setting a Bed Time Routine

Setting a schedule or routine for the whole day doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Just do what you normally do each day, but also think about your puppies needs along with it. Puppy needs to eat, sleep, play, and go potty.

If you’re going to bed, remember to bring the puppy out first. Don’t just crawl off to bed and stick the puppy in its crate. Chances are it’ll have to go potty before you can even fall asleep, especially if you just woke it up to go to bed, lol.

And, if you just woke it up…well, good luck on getting sleep for awhile! So, I’d recommend that you play with the puppy awhile to tire it out about a half hour or so before bed time. Puppies tire out pretty easy when they’re really young, usually about 20 minutes of play time and they’re out again!

When bringing it out before bed, just calmly wait for it to go potty, don’t get it all excited by playing or acting too excited.

Once we get to know what our puppy is likely to do at certain times, we can adapt a routine that will work for all involved. Dogs and puppies all have different levels of energy and abilities. Just like us!

Eventually it’ll learn how to hold it for a longer period of time, especially at night. Don’t worry…you won’t have to do this forever! Once your pup grows a bit older, it’ll sleep through the whole night. And, you will too once again!

Reward Your Puppy For A Job Well Done!

Once your puppy does it’s duty outside, make sure to reward it with praise.  They love being praised!  Once it goes potty, give it praise, saying “good boy, or good girl” and even a few pats and cuddles.

This reinforces good behavior and they remember this after a time.  Then, you and puppy can go back to bed!

He or she may whine a bit at first, but usually they quiet down after awhile.  At least hopefully.  But that’s for another day!


I hope this helps you out with your new puppy…. and don’t worry..they do learn.

Good behavior = good rewards.  Bad behavior = no rewards.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions you’d like to add? I’d love to hear what you think!
Have Questions? Please feel free to ask me, and I WILL get back to you!

🙂 – Sherry