I keep my 13 week old Dachshund in a gated area in the garage with her crate where she potties on the papers that I provide. Am I confusing her by doing this?
I have a mini long-haired dachshund. I am following a crate training program, but during the day (M-F) I leave the dog in a gated play area in the garage with her den inside. In other words, the den is there, but the dog is not closed inside of it.
Since she is a pup (13 weeks), she cannot handle being crated for 10 hours without a break, so I leave her out in the small play area so that she doesn?t soil her den due to not being able to control her bladder. I have a paper area for her to soil on since I really don?t have any other option at this time. I plan on weaning her off of the paper as she gets a little older. Hopefully she will just hold it at this point until someone comes.
My question is, ?Am I confusing her by crate training her in the house, but not in the garage?? I just don?t want her to soil her den and make things worse.
Thank you for your time and help, George.
I think you are doing as good of a job as you can based on your own circumstances.
I think you are doing it ok by putting the crate in there with her. When you need to get her to go outside, save some of the soiled newspaper and take it outside and put it on the grass. Maybe a SMALL piece. Then gradually reduce it and finally just rub it on the grass.
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