Before you first get your puppy home you should have researched all the necessities you will need for your puppy from proper diet, appropriate treats, different types of crates, puppy proof toys, proper shampoo & ear cleaners to obedience training etc. Assuming you have everything you need to give your puppy a good start, first thing you will need to understand is the benefit of “Crate Training”. The “crate” has many beneficial uses and should be looked at as a good thing – not a bad thing. It is your puppies den. A place where he can go to feel safe and rest or play when he needs to. You will need to choose a place in your home that is in an area where the puppy will still feel like part of the pack while he’s in it. Dogs are pack animals and do not like to be left alone. While using the crate as a method of training this should be for brief periods of time. Keeping in mind, that puppies need to go to the bathroom quit often when they are young especially after they sleep, eat and play, you should be able to know when your puppy will need to go outside. When it’s time for the puppy to potty, pick him up and go outside with him. Do not just put a puppy outside and leave them alone. You will be asking for a problem. Not going with the puppy is one of the biggest mistakes owners make. Choose an area that you want your puppy to use and take him there and say “go potty” in a positive tone as a way to train him to understand the word and the place associated with the action. This process will be repeated for many months until your puppy learns so be prepared to be consistent with your training and be patient. Eventually, he will get the correlation between the word and the act so when he is older, he will be able to potty on command. Another tip that goes along with potty training is feeding your puppy on a consistent schedule every day. Then you know when he needs to go. If your puppy has an accident in the house it’s because YOU weren’t paying attention or sticking to the schedule. Don’t ever get angry and hit your puppy! We recommend redirecting your puppy outside and showing him outside is the appropriate place to go potty with positive reinforcement. If you are not knowledgeable on training a dog please seek out a Dog Trainer ASAP to give you advice on training your puppy properly. Click to learn more!