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Q: We just rescued a 6-month-old puppy from our local animal shelter. He isn't housebroken and I don't know what to do. My kids think crate training the dog is mean, but I just can’t have him messing up the whole house. Help!
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  • By using an airline-style crate or cage as your dog's den, you teach your dog not to soil his sleeping area.
  • Initially, you will want to acclimate your dog to the crate by leaving the door open and rewarding him with treats for exploring it on his own.
  • Gradually begin shutting him into the crate for short periods of time (5-10 minutes) and reward him for being in there alone.
  • Young dogs can be left alone in their crates for 4-6 hours; any longer than that, and you run the risk of accidents.
  • If you can’t get back within 6 hours, you’ll want to arrange for a midday visit from someone to give your pup a chance to relieve himself.
Once your dog is used to the crate, the chance of random accidents in your home is decreased dramatically—which will come in really handy when you can't keep an eye on him.A: First of all, let’s talk about “crates.” 

Free Factoid: Most dogs need to go to the bathroom within 20 minutes of eating, so get your dog onto a regular feeding routine as quickly as possible. You’ll find his potty schedule is significantly more predictable.  
A: First of all, let’s talk about “crates.” Crates encourage your dog's natural 
instincts to sleep in a den, and as such, are one of the most humane things you can 
do for your pet. They’re also the key to quickly house training a dog of any age.