Housetraining Your Dog - A Definitive Guide
Retrievers are pretty simple to housetrain. They want to please their people and live in a
clean environment. Retrievers often resist crate training and can even injure themselves
in trying to get out and be with their people.
Late Maturers take a longer time to mature mentally and physically. So it takes a long
time for them to understand the difference between where they should potty and where
not. They are also late at developing a control over their bladder.
If your dog is a late maturer, you may have more than 18 months of watching it closely
and sometimes cleaning up an accident. Most likely your dog will be 3 years old before
you can fully trust him to not have an accident.
Some of the Late maturers include: Irish Wolfhounds, all Mastiffs, Great Danes, Chinese
Toy Breeds can have special problems in housetraining. Think of your Toy Breed as a
dog and not as a baby or as part human. Have the same expectations of your dog as
you would if it were a Golden Retriever or Great Dane.
While Housetraining a Toy Dog make sure:
• The grass is kept very short if you take him outdoors to eliminate.
• He feels safe when he is eliminating outside with no large dog around.
• To practice indoor elimination if the weather is cold outside.
• You use a schedule and stick to it.
• To attach a leash when he is out of his crate or keep a watch over him
Some of the Toy Dogs are: Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Pug, Maltese, Miniature
Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomeranian etc
Whatever breed you have you will need to keep a constant eye on your dog, until your
pet is fully housebroken. Watch your dog carefully. Try to comprehend his body
language. For this you need to spend more time with your pet. Observe his movements
closely. Watch what he does just prior to peeing or pooping?
If you notice your puppy is suddenly walking or running around in circles with his nose
down smelling for the perfect spot – it means, your dog needs to eliminate. The puppy
will show the same behavior every time. It may vary a little from pup to pup but they
always show their own pre-potty pattern before the act.