Housebreaking

The key to training your dog to eliminate outside is to prevent accidents, and to reward success. Adult dogs have better bladder control and can “hold it” for a

longer period of time than puppies. 

  • Feed your dog on a schedule, then he’ll eliminate on a schedule too.

  • Keep his diet simple and consistent. A high quality diet with very few treats will help build success. 

  • Determine where you want your dog to eliminate - it could be the backyard, side yard or an indoor substrate. 

  • When you have determined where he should do his business, take him to the same place every time, and tell him to “do his business.” Take him out when he wakes up, after he eats or drinks, after a play session, or at least every 2 hours. Puppies should go out every 45 minutes until you learn their pattern. Stand with him for 5 minutes. If he eliminates, reward him (with treats, praise, a favorite game and your own special happy dance). If he doesn’t go in 5 minutes, take him back inside and try every 15 minutes until he goes. Every time he goes, make sure you reward him! 

  • Supervise the puppy closely while you’re inside. If he starts to sniff the floor, or even squats to go, interrupt with a calm “Ah-Ah”, scoop him up quickly and take him to the approved spot and praise when he finishes. 

  • If he goes in the house while you’re not paying attention, don’t correct him - it’s not his fault. Clean it up and go back to your schedule. Use an odor neutralizer (like Nature’s Miracle) to get rid of the smell. Never put the dog’s face in his mess, or yell at him, he won’t understand you, and you will only be teaching him to fear you.  Dogs learn very quickly where you’d prefer them to eliminate by repetition and success. Be patient, and REWARD!

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