How to housetrain your dog or puppy

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The first thing you will need to do is get your dog a crate. It can be wire or plastic. The important thing is that it should be only large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around in. If the cage is any bigger than that, the dog will use the bathrooom on one end and sleep on the other. If you have a crate that is too large, use a piece of wood to create a wall within the crate to block off a portion. Fill the crate with toys and a bed or blanket. Put a breathable blanket over it. Dogs love dens. This will be his own personal space. Coax him in with treats and never put him in his crate as punishment. The crate is to be a positive, safe place. Place the corner of a room that is used often, so he can be around people, but feel safe and be undisturbed. The crate is your dogs home until he is crate trained, but he is to come out often, always under supervision.

Your dog needs to go to the bathroom as soon as you wake up. Don’t bother getting dressed; put on your robe and slippers and take your dog outside. Stay outside with him until he uses the bathroom. If you don’t wait, no matter how long it takes, you will undoubtedly have a mess to clean up almost as soon as you go inside.

Your dog goes out (with you!) immediately after each meal. I know, I know, he just went 20 minutes ago. It doesn’t matter, he needs to go again.

During the day your dog is to be taken out every few hours. If you cannot do this, expect your dog to go in his cage. Only be surprised if he doesn’t.

Your dog needs to use the bathroom after each play session.

If your dog is grown he does not have to go in the middle of the night, though it would be helpful to do so. If your dog is a puppy, then he needs still needs to go out every few hours.

When your dog is 6 months to a year old you can try to elminate the middle of the night bathroom session, unless of course he requests them.

You should always have fresh water available to your dog.

Once your dog is consistanly crate trained, you can keep him out most of the time. Remember to put him up when you are leaving the house and at night.

Do not get angry with your puppy or rub his nose in a mess. Housebreaking is a long process, and will not be learned overnight.

Praise your dog lavishly for doing things right.

When you take your dog out, you can choose a special word for both urination and defication so that your dog will eventually go to the bathroom on command. Don’t choose common words!


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