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Q. 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?
Hello Sir,

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.

A. 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.

I would recommend you purchase the DVD I produced titled Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months.

Read the description of the tape on my web site. Dog training is not rocket science it's simple common sense ideas on how to handle and train a dog, The DVD has 2 ½ hours of training information along with 15 puppy training articles that I have written.

You should also consider my 4 hour DVD on Basic Dog Obedience. The fact is you have way more to learn than your dog. I always recommend the handlers start studying this DVD right away even though you won't train a lot of the work until the pup is 4 to 6 months old.

I also recommend that you go to my web site and read the article I wrote on my philosophy of dog training.
  
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