Housetraining Your Dog - A Definitive Guide
Welcome to Dog Ownership!
Every dog needs to be housetrained. No dog can be fully social until he learns where he
should be eliminating and where he should not!
If this is your first dog (or puppy), you – and your dog - have lots to learn, but don’t be
alarmed. Neither of you can learn it all at once. Take it a step at a time and enjoy each
other throughout the process.
Make it a fun experience for your pet. Your dog should enjoy these sessions instead of
Some breeds are easy to housetrain as they don’t like for their living quarters to be
messy or smelly or they really like to please their owners. Other breeds are more difficult
to housetrain. Others may take a special type of training. However, with patience and
persistence, nearly every dog can be housetrained.
It is important to learn as much about the breed of your dog as you can. Talk to other
owners, veterinarians, breeders, etc. and read books about the breed. If your dog is a
mixture of breeds, learn about all the breeds you can identify in your dog.
Just a note: You may have gotten a puppy or you may have gotten a dog from a shelter,
but whatever dog you have will be referred to as he, him, her, she, your dog, your friend,
or your companion in this book.
Also, this book assumes the dog will spend the majority of his time in your home and
that is why you are “housetraining” him. If he is going to be an “outdoor dog” then
housetraining will be much harder to accomplish as it will not be habitual for him.
Basic Housetraining Methods
All dogs need to be housetrained – and, basically, all dogs can be housetrained. If you
get a very young puppy, you may have to wait a few weeks before his body allows
complete housetraining. If you get a previously abused or neglected dog, it may take a
while for him to fully understand what is expected of him.
There are three primary methods of housetraining:
• The Crate Method – restricting your dog within the crate to prevent accidents.
• The Paper Method – practicing elimination on newspapers, paper towels, etc.
• The Litter Box Method – practicing elimination indoors and particularly in the litter