"House Training Your Dog the PROPER Way"
 
 

Letting your new puppy have the run of your house is asking for trouble!

Once you get your new pup home, you'll soon realize why he should not be allowed to wander freely. Unless you follow him around all day, there is no way you can adequately monitor his activity unless you keep him in a confined area. 
A crate will take care of the problem some of the time. But puppy's are social creatures and when you are at home , you should be in the area with  you and your family. Many families use the kitchen as the confinement area since accidents are easy to clean up there  and this is where the most action is. A good time to give your puppy more freedom is after he has been out and has relieved himself. Spend as much time with him as possible, playing, talking, and bonding with the puppy. When he begins to look tired, let him relieve himself one more time then return him to his crate. As he gets older, gradually extend his time out of the crate and allow him access to more rooms -- one at a time.

But how do you contain him inside the house? Expandable gates can be the answer.  A good indication of whether you are giving your 8-12 week old puppy too much freedom is if he is having more than two accidents a day. A 3 to 9 month old puppy should not have more than three accidents a week and a puppy over 9 months should not  be eliminating inappropriately more than once a month.  Whether you us a gate or other means of confinement is up to you. Remember though that being with you and your family will mean your pup will build a stronger bond that will ultimately translate into easier training. 

These are general timetables: 
Not everyone will be able to follow them precisely, since each dog has his own habits/ physiology. 
For example, some dogs urinate and defecate right after they have been fed, whereas others wait 30 min or longer after eating before needing to relieve themselves. Following is a house training schedule for your dog, based upon the assumption that the dog owner is at home during the day. Once you learn how long "nature needs to take its course", adapt the schedule to fit your needs. 

Just BE CONSISTENT. 
As your dog matures and the training progresses, give him longer and longer periods of freedom until he only needs confinement when you need to leave your home. The schedules apply ONLY during the training program of your puppy. 

NOTE: 
We do NOT permit people to get one of our puppies if they work full-time jobs, away from their homes. Puppies should NOT be left alone, unobserved, without human interaction for more than six (6) hours, day after day. This is analogous to putting a human infant alone in a similar scenario: how do you expect THAT CHILD would turn out?


 
For NON-WORKING OWNERS  GEN. TIMETABLE
FOR 8- to 12-WK. OLD PUPPIES  GEN. TIMETABLE FOR 3- to 6-MO. OLD PUPPIES

6:00 AM . . . Go out. 
6:10 - 6:30 AM . . . Free period in one room. 
6:30 AM . . . Food & water IN CRATE 
for 20 min., then REMOVE food & water from crate. 
7:00 AM . . . Go out. 
7:15 AM . . . Free period in one room. 
7:45 AM . . . Back in crate. 
10:30 AM . . . Go out. 
12:30 PM . . . Go out, then give water. 
12:45 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
1:15 PM . . . Back in crate. 
3:00 PM . . . Go out. 
5:00 PM . . . Food & water IN CRATE 
for 20 min., then REMOVE food & water from crate.
5:30 PM . . . Go out. 
6:15 PM . . . Back in crate. 
8:00 PM . . . Water (in crate). 
8:15 PM . . . Go out; REMOVE water for the rest of night. 8:30 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
9:00 PM . . . Back in crate. 
11:00 PM . . . Go out; crate overnight. 
 7:00 AM . . . Go out. 
7:10 - 7:30 AM . . . Free period in one room. 
7:30 AM . . . Food & water IN CRATE 
for 20 min., then REMOVE food & water from crate. 
8:00 AM . . . Go out. 
8:15 AM . . . Free period in one room. 
8:45 AM . . . Back in crate. 
12:30 PM . . . Go out, then give water. 
12:45 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
1:15 PM . . . Back in crate. 
5:00 PM . . . Food & water IN CRATE 
for 20 min., then REMOVE food & water from crate. 
5:30 PM . . . Go out. 
6:15 PM . . . Back in crate. 
8:00 PM . . . Water (in crate). 
8:15 PM . . . Go out. 
8:30 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
9:00 PM . . . Back in crate. 
11:00 PM . . . Go out; crate overnight. 

 
GEN. TIMETABLE FOR 6- to 12-MO. OLD PUPPIES  GEN. TIMETABLE FOR HOUSEBROKEN ADULT DOGS
7:00 AM . . . Go out. 
7:15 - 8:00 AM . .Free period in one room. 
8:00 AM . . . Food & water. 
8:30 AM . . . Go out. 
8:45 AM . . . Free period in one room. 
9:30 AM . . . Back in crate. 
12:30 PM . . Water. 
12:45 PM . . Go out. 
1:00 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
1:45 PM . . . Back in crate. 
6:00 PM . . . Food & water. 
6:30 PM . . . Go out. 
6:45 PM . . . Free period in one room. 
7:30 PM . . . Back in crate. 
11:00 PM . . Go out; crate overnight. 
 7:00 AM . . .Go out. 
8:00 AM . . . Food. Unlimited daytime water supply. 
12:30 PM . . .Go out. 
6:00 PM . . . .Go out. 
11:00 PM . . . Go out. Bedtime; remove water. 

 

Feeding
The amount of  food to feed your puppy depends on the Size and Age of the individual puppy. Typically, 8-wk. old pups will eat about 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of puppy food, twice a day (e.g., at your breakfast & dinner meals). Increase the amount of food per meal as your puppy grows. Allow the puppy 15 to 20 min. to eat his meal, then REMOVE the food from his crate (until the next meal time). If the puppy finishes his meal and looks for more, increase the amount of food at his next meal time. 

TAKE THE PUPPY OUT WHEN . . . 
Immediately after he wakes up in the morning. 
After every meal and drink of water. 
After he wakes up from a nap. 
Before any extra freedom period. 
After extreme excitement and long play periods. 
The last thing at night. 

STAY ALERT 
between these times for signs that your puppy is "looking" to relieve himself 
(e.g., whining, acting restless, sniffing the floor, pacing around in circles). 
When you see him doing any/all of these things, try to distract his attention, then pick him up gently and rush him outside to his "toilet area." You may be going out 8 to 10 times the first few days; however, once the puppy settles into a routine, he should not have to go out more than 4 to 6 times a day, depending upon his age.

STICK TO A STRICT SCHEDULE. 
The more conscientious you are NOW, the more successful the training will be and the less "troubles" you will likely face down the road. It often takes some patience to make your puppy understand what you want him to do, but he will adjust to your schedule in time. Of course, there will likely be accidents; however, that's part of raising puppies. When your dog "makes a mistake" in the house, NEVER HIT OR ABUSE HIM PHYSICALLY. 
Correct him HUMANELY: The words "no" and "baaad dog" are the only corrections you need. 
How you SAY these words can convey your displeasure VERY effectively.

ALWAYS GO OUTSIDE WITH YOUR PUPPY 
during the training period. You want to see when and where he relieves himself, 
and your ENTHUSIASTIC PRAISE will encourage him. Once the puppy is completely housebroken, 
it should not be mandatory that you accompany him outdoors. 
IF, however, you live in the city and/or don't have an enclosed yard,
you MUST ALWAYS GO OUT WITH YOUR DOG: NEVER LET HIM ROAM FREE.

When the puppy does relieve himself after breakfast, he can have another supervised free period before being confined in his crate again until his next outing, when you will repeat these same steps. The length of supervised free periods depends upon a puppies age. Once yours can handle a 30- minute free period with no accidents, give him more freedom by increasing his free time to 45 minutes, and so on. Your goal is to increase his free periods gradually until he needs to be confined only while you are away from home. 

If the puppy's training regresses, it's back to "square-1": 
Start the training program FROM THE BEGINNING once more.


 
                  Housetraining Tips

 
I believe housetraining, or any kind of dog training, to be largely a matter of attitude.
If you keep the following five basic principles in mind it will help you to obtain a successful attitude, 
and a housetrained dog.

1.The dog is NEVER wrong or at fault when it comes to housetraining.
2.Anger or punishment for unwanted behavior is counterproductive.
3.Praise for correct behavior gets results.
4.Consistency in goals and training methods is crucial.
5.Patience is the key.

1. Housetraining mistakes are NEVER the fault of the dog.
He may poop and pee in the house as soon as your back is turned. 
This can sometimes happen even straight after I have taken him out walking and thought that he has done 'his business'."I think the key here is that you say you "thought" he has done his business. 
You must stay out with the dog until he goes, doing both pee and poop. Sometimes this takes a long time. 
Sometimes a good brisk walk will help. If you have stayed out a good 15-20 minutes and can't stay longer and have to bring the dog in, you must watch the dog while he is in the house, crate the dog, or keep the dog in some type of pen or enclosure. A young dog may have to go every half an hour or so. Control the dog's food and water so that he is fed and watered at certain times and then taken outdoors immediately. I have let him/her eat whenever they were hungry so if you have trouble with training you may want to put them on a shedule about 2-3 meals a day is sufficient for a puppy.

2. Anger or punishment for unwanted behavior is counterproductive.
Anger has no place in working with dogs, Anger will only make things worse. 
Tell yourself that you will work with the dog without anger, and that you will not allow yourself to get angry. 
Your anger can be controlled and your dog and you will both be happier. 
When something does make you angry, walk away and come back when you are calm. 
Decide that the next time the event happens you will deal with it without anger.

3. Praise for correct behavior gets results.
I think that rewarding good behavior has a much better effect than scolding or punishing bad behavior.
I think this is true for all training. Remember, your interaction with the dog is not only about housetraining. 
When you scold the dog for doing something that he is confused about you are just as likely to create another problem as you are likely to solve the housetraining problem.

The dog will not  be able to connect the accident that happened at 10:00 a.m. with the scolding he gets at 4:00 p.m. anyway.

When you see the dog beginning to look for a place to go, take him out and praise him.

4. Consistency in goals and training methods is crucial.
This is where consistency pays off. You may be trying too many things and the dog is confused.
Decide on the one thing you want from the dog and praise the dog when he does that. 
Decide if you want the dog to be trained to go outdoors OR indoors on papers. 
While some dogs learn to do both, most dogs will find it confusing to be expected to go inside sometimes and outside others. I myself reccomend going straight outside it can be to confusing and create bad habits later if you paper train. But if you really want the dog to inside rather then out then instead of paper training I suggest a Litterbox, It works much better and you don't have to worry about the dog "going" on every piece of paper left on the floor when he/she is older.

Work towards simple consistency. Let your goal be to train the dog to go outside and reward the dog with mountains of praise when he goes outside. Praise the dog for pooping outside and peeing outside every single time. This makes the time fun for the dog. Your dog wants to please you.

5. Patience is the key.
You have only had your dog for two months which is not a very long time in light of the fact that your dog could live another 10-15 years. The time you invest now in good training will pay off many times over in the years to come. 
Also, your dog is still very young. Be patient. We don't expect a two year old child to be potty trained and expecting a 2-3 month old puppy to be housetrained is asking too much.Every dog is different. Some may be housetrained at 3 months, others may take much longer. Also, keep in mind, when you are housetraining your dog you are also teaching the dog many other things about what your relationship will be. 
You are molding the dog's personality.

Your dog wants to please you. Give your dog numerous chances throughout the day to please you by going outside. 
Do everything you can to reduce the possibility for mistakes indoors by always watching your dog when he is inside or confining the dog until he is housetrained. For your carpets it is important to get something that will remove all traces of the odor to keep your pup from wanting to return to those spots. One good brand name is Nature's Miracle but Vinegar works well to.

I hope some of this helps. Take a deep breath, Relax. Focus on the good things going on with your pup. 
Your dog will be housetrained. Reward the dog for good behavior and make these formative months a happy period for both of you. Be consistent in what you expect and generous with your praise.
Most of all be patient!

 

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