Housetraining


House Training a Puppy
Housebreaking
Is Housetraining That Difficult?
A Guide to "Happy Housetraining"


"Dolly might need an easy way to get your attention when she needs to go outside. One way to do this is to hang a bell on a cord from your doorknob, low enough so she can reach it. Ring the bell each time before you open the door to take her outside. Soon she will start making the connection between the bell ringing and the door opening and will try it herself when she needs to go" (Morn, September. "Everyday Dog." Dog Fancy, Feb. 2004, 16-17).


The Key. "The main part of houstraining is to teach a puppy where to go -- not where NOT to go...

"First, show your pup where you want her to eliminate. Lead her on leash.. stand there for three to five minutes. If she doesn't eliminate, return indoors. Every hour (when you're home) take her to this spot. Tell her to eliminate ["Go potty"]. Praise her when she does, and give her three.. treats..

Keep Control. "In addition, don't give your pup free reign of the house, even when you are home. Supervise her constantly.. When you're too busy to watch her, keep her confined in a portable crate.. Such short-term confinement.. lets owners predict WHEN the dog wants to go, so that they can show it WHERE and teach it WHY -- the why being an instant reward of liver...

Schedule meals. Offer food at set times two or three times a day, and remove the food bowl within 30 minutes. Your pup will fall into a regular elimination schedule...

Prevent mistakes. "Head to the same potty spot immediately after play, naps, and meals to take advantage of a pup's natural "emptying" cycle...

Think twice about paper training. "..paper training can confuse dogs and is really much harder for the dog to do.. Pups also don't learn to control their bladders well; after all, they can urinate at will on newspapers. Another hazard: Anderson knows of dogs that jumped on couches to urinate on unread newspapers...

Don't. "Don't rub your pet's nose in the stuff, scold her, or otherwise punish her for a house-training mistake after the fact. It's too late to correct her. She can't understand why you're upset, and you'll only make her fear you or become aggressive" (Sally Deneen. "Potty Patrol." Dog Fancy, April 2004: 16-17).


Colby Glass, MLIS