Here are the basics to housebreaking your dog
are the basics to housebreaking your dog:
Experts suggest incorporating a kennel crate in a dog’s training.
A crate usually resembles a cage, with a locking door and see-through
metal bars, and should be big enough for the dog to move around
in. This satisfies a dog’s instinctive need for a den-like enclosure
which he has inherited from his den-dwelling ancestors and relatives.
is an effective housebreaking tool because it takes advantage of
the dog’s natural reluctance to soil its sleeping place.
it’s not cruel, mean, or inhumane and many adult dogs end up going
into the crate on their own, when they need some time alone or to
relieve doggy tensions. They think of the crate as their nest or
home. If possible, it’s desirable to have the crate in an area where
your dog can see any activity going on in the home and not confined
to a room where they feel isolated from the family.
purpose of a crate is to provide confinement for reasons of security,
safety, housetraining, travel, or illness. Your pet will feel secure,
once accustomed to his crate, and will generally end up thinking
of the crate as a room of his very own – a “security blanket”.
means that until your dog is housebroken, he is never allowed to
walk freely around the house.
stricter terms that means unless you are sitting with your dog,
playing with him, feeding him, grooming him, teaching him something,
walking him, or interacting with him, he needs to be confined because
if he is loose and you take your eyes off him for just a few moments,
he can go to the bathroom on your floor, and the bad habit has started.
2. Always leave the house through the same door.
3. Try to take your dog out at around the same times each day. A
routine will eventually be established, and your dog will soon know
to hold it in until you take him out. Most dogs have to go potty
after eating, after sleeping, and after playing.
4. Do not give him the run of your house. The most important thing
he needs in the first few weeks during housetraining is structure
and that’s where the crate comes in. Freedom comes later as he develops
the responsibility to handle it.
for clues that tell you he needs to go. Your dog may suddenly put
his nose down and sniff the ground intently. He may begin to circle
an area. He may stare at the door or stare at you with an intense
look on his face. Signs like these tell you to drop what you’re
doing and take him out of the house.
you actually catch your dog in the act of eliminating inside the
house, interrupt him by saying “NO” in a stern deep voice. In this
situation animals respond better to deeper voices rather than high
voices and take him outside to the proper place. Do not attempt
to correct or reprimand a dog after the crime has been committed,
because he will not understand. It is ineffective, and confusing
to the dog.)
after your dog is housetrained there will be an occasional accident
in the house. If there is one don’t hit, don’t yell, and don’t rub
his nose in it. You want him to be your friend!
best thing to do is ignore the accident and quietly clean up the
mess without making a fuss when your dog isn’t watching. Do not
say a single word to the dog.
sure to completely clean up any potty accidents in the house. The
smell of urine in the carpet or floor will encourage him to go there
again, so you must remove the smell entirely. Running a damp towel
over the mess is not sufficient clean up.
an odor eliminator/neutralizer, such as Nature’s Miracle Stain &
Odor Remover or Un-Duz-It. Never use an ammonia-based product, as
their odor resembles urine. Your dog’s veterinarian can also recommend
efficient products for odor and stain removal.
leftover subtle scent can cause a dog to go in the same place, because
a dog’s sense of smell is 100-200 times greater than a human nose!
5. When outside choose the spot were you want him to do his business
– preferably a small lawn area. He should be taken out on nice long
leash because you’ll then be able to control your dog better, and
it will prevent him from fooling around when there’s business to
be done. Until he’s housetrained take him to the same designated
spot each time.
to take him out at frequent intervals such as two-to-three hour
intervals to the same area designated as the bathroom. Allow him
to explore and get used to the area. Let him sniff around because
the smell of the urine from his previous efforts will encourage
him to go again. Ever notice that they sniff for a good spot? Well,
guess what smell they are hoping to find!
a simple command in a deep voice such as “Hurry Up!”, or “Go Potty!”,
“Do Your Business” or whatever trigger words are suitable for you.
Eventually, he will learn the phrase just as he would any command,
and he’ll be able to do it when you use the magic words.
one of these phrases repeatedly as you try to get him to go, then
praise him enthusiastically when he actually does it.
6. This is not walk time or play time, so stand in approximately
the same spot and wait for your dog to eliminate. When he does,
praise him enthusiastically. Don’t immediately rush back into the
house with him because he will learn to hold it and not eliminate
so that he can get more time outdoors. Instead give him a few minutes
of playtime, a walk, or just time to sniff around and be a dog.
7. After he has successfully made potty, don’t fully clean up the
spot, but leave a trace of urine or feces to provide a scent that
will remind him what he is supposed to do there. After your dog
is completely housetrained then you can clean up old feces.
8. When you’re praising your dog after he eliminates outside, use
a high-pitched, happy voice, clap and incorporate his name, and
make a huge deal out of it. Say “Good Jack!”, “What a Good Boy!”,
“I know you’re trying to be SOOO good!” Remember to smile.
your appreciation for him doing what he should do. Talk to him –
he is listening!
to use simple words for accidents and for praise.
words such as “Good Boy” or “Good Jack” for good deeds, and praise
with joy and enthusiasm in your voice. It’s OK to act very excited
use words for accidents such as “Nah Nah!”, or “No!” and use a deeper
gruff voice, but don’t go overboard. Gently scold when he makes
potty in the wrong spot.
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