Housetrain Your Dog Right

Is your dog healthy? If your pup has worms or a urinary tract infection, he has little or no control over his bladder or bowel. Get a vet check to make sure your pup is healthy.

Regulate food & water. Regulate feeding and watering schedules control the input so you can predict the output. After your dog is finished eating pick up the leftover food. Use common sense in regulating water. If your dog is outside all day he must have water at all times.

Supervise or confine at all times. Do not allow the pup in unsupervised areas of the house. Keep the pup in the bedroom with you at night in a crate, exercise pen or on a tie-down. When you are home to supervise tether the dog to your chair or yourself so he can not sneak off and have an accident. In your absence confine the pup safely to a small room like a bathroom or laundry room or in a crate. Always give your pup several good toys. Never tether the dog when you cannot supervise it. Safety first!

Reward, reward, reward. Select one potty area for the pup. If you take him to the same place each time, he will start to go to his pee zone on his own. Allow 3-5 minutes to eliminate, otherwise continue supervision and confinement. When the pup relieves himself – immediately reinforce with praise and a food treat.

Correction. Reprimands must occur during the act. Delayed punishment, even a few seconds after the behaviour, does not work

Never – under any circumstances hit your dog!!

Odor Neutralize. Make sure you use an enzymatic cleaner that says odour neutralizer. Nature’s Miracle and Outright are some brands sold in stores. White vinegar mixed 50/50 with water is also a great odour neutralizer. Do not allow the pup to watch you clean up accidents.

Be consistent. The more constant you are with these 6 steps, the faster your dog will learn. Be patient. Your dog is learning something new. It will take time and effort, but the results are well worth it. Watch your timing. The biggest mistake people make is not rewarding immediately after the desired behaviour.

Be consistent. Be patient. Behave.