The pup will spend a lot of time in the crate for the first 6-8 weeks after going to your home. The theory behind crate training is that dogs do not want to lay in their own waste. There is always the exception to the rule, but for the most part this is accurate. If you are not watching every single move they are making, they are not outside or in your lap; they belong in their crate. This is not a punishment, they come to love their crate and think of it as their safe place and home.
Crate sizing is important. Too big and they will think it is ok to poop in a corner and lay on the other side. The crate should be big enough for the pup to stand up and turn around.
Example of how a day should go.
Sleeps in crate all night. Carry pup to potty spot, do not let them walk. After he/she goes potty, bring in and serve breakfast. After he/she eats, right back into the crate. Wait 20-30 minutes, take to potty spot, doesn't go potty, right back in the crate. (if he/she goes potty and you need to go to work or can not supervise the pup, right back in the crate is ok too)
Basically, the pup cannot come out for supervised play until you see them potty.
Again, the pup should be in your lap, be in the potty spot, or you are watching every move they make or they are in their crate. These are the only options until potty trained. If you are consistent, you can have the pup trained in approximately 30 days.
WE keep in inventory two sizes of crates for your convenience. Ours have an advantage of those you can buy in the pet store. The bottom is grated with a tray underneath. Now, the theory is they won't go potty in the crate, however, if they do . . . the pup doesn't have the opportunity to roll in it and get dirty. The crates you can buy in the store only have trays on the bottom and if their is an accident, you will definitely have a mess. Prices are about the same as the pet store.
We have a 24" x 30" available for $73.00. A smaller one that is about 12" x 18" for $56.00 . We have crate packages too. For either small or large you get a crate and a bed with a removable fleece cover for washing. The large crate package is $90.00 and the smaller one is $70.00. We now also a package that includes a the crate, bed, toy and a 20# bag of food for: large $135 and small $115. Great for gift giving!
We mention the above as so many people tell me that they stop on the way to our kennel to pick up a crate and say they wish they knew that we offered them.
The package includes the bed and toy. Bowls are not included.