Puppy Housebreaking Requires a Strict Schedule

August 23, 2012 by  
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by malinky

Puppy Housebreaking Requires a Strict Schedule

As you get to know your puppy, as long as you pay attention, you will soon discover that your little pup eliminates often and in a predictable way.  There are certain activities that will always encourage your dog to eliminate, including eating, waking up, playing, and even simply getting excited over something – such as a game or the arrival of a person.

This being said, puppies also like predictability in their days.  Therefore, if you create a strict schedule for your puppy – especially in terms of the activities that will encourage him or her to eliminate, then you will find that your dog will need to “go” on a strict schedule, too.  This makes potty training a great deal less challenging for you because you will be able to gauge when your dog will need to be let out in a much more accurate way.

When you do take your dog out, make sure that you have come up with a unique word or phrase that is to be associated with elimination.  Say the word as a suggestion, say the word again when the dog is actually eliminating, and then praise your dog warmly when he or she does go in the desired location.

Of course, you have your own part to play in ensuring that he or she gets to that location in time.  It is not your dog’s fault if you wait hours upon hours before bringing him or her to the elimination place, or if you ignore “signs” that your dog needs to go, such as sniffing persistently and circling.

As you create the schedule, keep in mind that there will be certain times that your dog will need to be taken out to eliminate.  For example, the first thing that you should do when your dog wakes up in the morning is to take him or her outside.  Similarly, your dog will need to go within ten to thirty minutes after eating, so make sure that there is a strict feeding schedule, and that a short walk outside follows soon afterward.

Make sure to apply good common sense to your schedule, as well.  Since you know that playing and eating are both activities that will encourage your dog to eliminate, don’t do either of these things too late in the evening or your dog may struggle to wait the whole night after bedtime and before getting up in the morning.

Remember, though, that young puppies under the age of four months do not yet have the control to be able to make it through the whole night.  If the dog whines or barks in the night in order to be taken outside, this doesn’t mean that you or the dog is doing anything wrong.  In this case, simply quietly take the dog outside so that the dog can relieve him or herself, and then bring your puppy directly back to the crate.

Try to keep any overnight elimination times as quiet and neutral as possible.  This is not a social time.  If you make a fuss, play with your dog, or otherwise give too much attention, your dog could learn to whine or bark just to spend time with you overnight.  Therefore, keep your voice very quiet and calm, speak as little as possible other than giving the necessary commands and praising for elimination in the right place, and return the dog to the crate without ceremony.

Pamella Neely writes about crate training. Her site offers a free crate training schedule and shows how to pick the right crate for your dog.

The Puppy Training Schedule Method Visit: www.a1dogtraininginfo.com This video will share a few basic tips that will help you to rapidly house break your puppy.
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