Housetraining a dog or puppy is relatively simple provided you follow a few basic rules:

  • Make certain your pet is in good health before starting any training program. Adult dogs that are house soiling may have medical problems causing this behavior. Check with your veterinarian to rule out any physical ailments.
  • Make certain your pet is fed a quality diet. Good nutrition is critical to good training.
  • Be consistent. If you want your pet to consistently eliminate outdoors, you will need to follow a consistent feeding and walking schedule.
  • Use the proper tools. Not every dog owner needs the same tools, but most every dog owner will need some pet products to make housetraining possible. Visit your local retailer for a full supply of everything you need to housebreak your dog.
  • 90% of housebreaking involves praising your dog when he/she eliminates in the proper place. The key is to get the dog to eliminate in the correct area for at least two to four weeks, while at the same time preventing the dog from eliminating in inappropriate spots.

Have a consistent feeding schedule

To start off, feed your dog at set times and for specific lengths of time. In other words, if you feed your dog twice a day continue to do so, but make certain that both feedings take place at specific times. Additionally each meal should only take 10 to 20 minutes. If the dog hasn’t finished eating after 20 minutes, take the food up. The purpose of this is simple. If you control when the dog eats, it becomes much easier to predict when the dog will eliminate. This allows you a greater chance to praise the dog when he/she eliminates in the correct place.

Have a consistent walking schedule

When owners are home and awake, they should take their dog to the area they want the dog to eliminate in at least one time every 6-8 hours.

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