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    The 1st day I got Mollie, I started potty training, with her going outside during the day, and then newspaper in my bedroom for during the night. Its really not working. Sometimes she pees/etc on the paper - someteimes she doesnt. I dont know what I am doing wrong with it. When I SEE her having an accident, I say a firm "No" and place her immediately on the paper, when she has an accident and I dont see her, I ignore it && when she does it on the paper I give ehr lots of praise and treats.

    Mum isnt too happy about all of Mollie's accidents, so I want to try a different tact.

    I have heard LOADS of good things about crate-training && I think it would be good for Mollie, but am a bit confused.
    What is a crate? (LOL) All I can think of is an egg-crate
    How big exacly does the crate have to be?
    If you use it, did it work for your dog?

    Thanks guys
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    I absolutely LOVE my crate. It has been amazing for toilet training Batty but you do have to make sure you introduce puppy to it properly!

    Batty goes the entire night without accidents and even goes into his crate to sleep during the day.

    The crate is ideally enough room for the dog to stand up and turn around when it is an adult. Mine is too big for Batty though, but it's been used for my fosters and they have all loved it.

    Batty was introduced to it by having his bed in there, having his bones in there, eating in the crate, getting treats randomly thrown in for him to go in and get. Then I started just pushing the door shut but not locking it while he was eating. Then I'd lock the door while he was eating and let him out 5 mins after he'd finished. He's been here 3 weeks and sleeps through the night, no accidents, no dramas. He will have a little whine if I've put him in there when he's gotten over-excited - he nips and bites when he gets over-excited and I'm teaching him not to - but other than that he loves it.

    If it's close to bed time and he's hyperactive, I pop him in with a bone and just monitor him while he's chewing away. Once he's asleep I take the bone away and I can go to bed too.

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    Yep, basically what Ange said.
    Crates do wonders with toilet training, plus they provide your puppy with a 'safe place' where he/she cannot be disturbed... Like their own bedroom

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    Crates are cages, or better thinking, inside close able kennels. Gives the dog an area of their very own too.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Crates are also used to transport a dog Demi. There are many different types on the market, so have a look around. As your dog is a tiny breed, the cost should not be too much either.

    A crate is like their own private sanctuary. It also works well as the place you can command your dog to go to when the need arises.

    Would be worth getting for Mollie IMO.

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    I've been sold on the idea xD
    When mum gets home, I'll talk it over with her.
    The only thing I am afriad of is that I'll get TOO BIG of one or TOO SMALL of one. LOL.
    I've read it should just be big enough for the dog to stretch out and lie down.
    I was talking to my friend this morning on MSN, she was the one who told me how well the crate was working for her dog, && she said you just put a pillow in their.

    No water???
    I've always given Mollie water 24/7 - because I have always known that animals always need water.
    I could put a water bowl in the crate, would I?

    Also, really dumb question <blush> where do I buy a crate Pet shop?
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    Thought I'd show you some pictures of crates as well.

    I have a wire crate with a thickish, dark blanked draped over the top:



    There are also these options which I found by googling.
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    Pet shops sell them, as do some vet surgeries, eBay, internet, lots of places to buy a crate.

    Your best bet is the local pet shop however, Demi. That way you can personally look at a good range of different ones and different sizes to make sure you get the right size.

    Water in crate? I never have when I have crated dogs on odd occasions. There is no way that a dog should be in a crate for that long that it will suffer from lack of fluids.

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    I hated the idea of the creat at first but I got one because everyone kept saying I should. I had no intention of using it. The first day Rocky came home he walked around the house to see his new home, then he walked into his crate and lay down!! ever since he has loved it! Now I have to think of a way to swap the crate for a bed.

    I think it did help with housebreaking, he had 3 accidents inside and they were my fault because I wasnt paying attention. It seems that you're doing everything right (praising when she gets it right and ignoring it when you dont see it), the crate may help that little bit extra though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Pet shops sell them, as do some vet surgeries, eBay, internet, lots of places to buy a crate.

    Your best bet is the local pet shop however, Demi. That way you can personally look at a good range of different ones and different sizes to make sure you get the right size.

    Water in crate? I never have when I have crated dogs on odd occasions. There is no way that a dog should be in a crate for that long that it will suffer from lack of fluids.
    Thankyou Ange and DA! Thanks for the photos Ange, I've been looking at Google-images xD
    Okay, no water bowl So I'd just have to put in Mollies 'special' cushion and a toy or something for her to chew?
    So, do I shut the crate at night so she is inside && leave it open all day?
    I'm getting really excited now! Imagine waking up and not looking around me for an of her accidents <blissful thoughts> lol
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