Housetraining Your Dog - A Definitive Guide
Please not that many breeds are not suited for paper training. Only very small (toy)
breed dogs or puppies younger than six months should be paper-trained.
Litter Box Training
Only very small (toy) breed dogs or puppies younger than six months should be litter box
gs have large amounts of urine and feces, both of which are
f litter needed to soak it all up would be very heavy to put into
Use the proper schedule for housetraining, but use the litter box as his “potty place” and
take his to it every couple of hours. Always praise him if he potties there.
Litter box is ideal for elderly owners, home alone dogs and toy breeds. However, it
sometimes can be a hassle and it costs money.
While housetraining a puppy you need to help your dog relate to the designated place of
elimination. With positive verbal commands you
using 'do it here' or 'potty-time', then stick to the single command. Different commands
each day will only confuse your dog.
When your dog 'accidentally' eliminates at a wrong place or attempts to, you can use
commands like 'freeze', 'hold it' or ev
For alternative methods on potty training your dog, look up Page 12 for Housetraining
Your Dog – A Definitive Guide e-book.
Puppy & Adult Dog Schedules
Schedule for Puppies
Establish a regular schedule of elimination trips and feedings. This helps you to control
go out and prevent accidents in the house. First thing in the
morning (even before you have your coffee) carry the puppy outside. He can then come
in and play for an hour. Feed breakfast in the crate and don't let him out again for a half
hour. Then carry him back outside for potty. Puppies usually have a bowel movement
after each meal so give him time to accomplish it.
Now he can have another indoor playtime for an hour or so. Don't give him free run of
the house, use baby gates or close doors to keep
freedom too soon, chances are, he will make mistakes more often. After playtime, take
him outside again then tuck him into his crate for a nap.
potty, playtime, then potty, nap,
nd potty, playtime, meal, etc. The playtimes can be lengthened as the puppy gets older
and is more reliable. Eventually the puppy will be letting you know when he needs to go
trained. Medium or large do
very smelly. The amount o
the trash. And the cost of the amount of litter needed per week would be prohibitive.
can make that happen. To make your
et respond during elimination, select the commands you are going to use. If you are
en a firm 'no'. These are positive reinforcements.
fter the spoken command you can pick up your dog and take him to his potty-place.
the times your dog has to
him out of rooms he shouldn't go in.
eep him in an area where you can watch him constantly. If you give him too much
Repeat the same procedure throughout the day: Potty outside first thing in the morning,
one hour playtime, then potty, meal in crate, again then