With a small puppy, it is best to confine him to specific areas until he is completely housetrained. The ideal plan is to have a place where he can be confined in the kitchen or family room – someplace where he is still part of the family. He can have freedom to roam around for a short time and under constant supervision, right after he has eliminated outside. As he grows and matures, he will be allowed more freedom.
The easiest and most effective way to confine a English Bulldog puppy is to get a metal wire crate (he will chew on plastic or soft sided crates) that’s at least twenty-four inches wide, thirty-six inches long, and twenty-six inches high. Place it where the puppy is to sleep; make sure this area is warm and free of drafts. Confine the puppy except for those times when he’s supervised. Leave the crate door open when the puppy is out so that he can return at will. But bear in mind that a puppy, or an adult dog, cannot be crated all day.
Is a Crate a Canine Jail?
Crates serve many functions. Many people use a crate to housetrain their English Bulldog puppy or adult dog. This is an excellent idea because it enables you to train your pet faster and with less trauma, mental and physical. The crate can also be a safe haven for pets who are destructive while the owner is away. It makes travel with your pet much safer for you and the animal, as well.
Most dogs do not resent a crate, but rather find it to be a safe and secure retreat. Many people who use a crate for housetraining will see their dog lying in the crate with the door open when he is tired and wants someplace quiet to sleep. Other times, when the hustle and bustle of the home is reaching a high point, the dog may voluntarily retire to his crate with a toy to chew on. I believe crates are one of the very best training tools. Don’t feel guilty about using one.