Housetraining Your Puppy-Quick & Easy Method

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Potty Troubleshooting

pup does not "go" when placed in potty area:
Remove pup from area after several minutes.  Then hold
puppy, have pup in your lap, or keep under constant
supervision and restrained or confined for awhile in very
small area (no more than roughly twice the size of the
pup) then try again placing pup in the potty area.
2)won't poop in potty area, only pees some people
may find this too unpleasant to do, but it works well. Take
a paper match and wet or spit on the match head, insert
the match head gently half way into the anus of the pup,
this stimulates it to poop in minutes. If not, remove match!
2)plays with pants and shoes:
Get up on a chair, so your feet are up off the ground or
put pup a pen where you can stand right outside.
3)only "goes" in wrong place.
Keep pup out of those areas. Do not allow any running
around on the floor where there is no paper! Puppy must
stay in confined area surrounded by newspaper
everywhere but its bed. There should be virtually no
opportunity for the puppy to make a mistake. Mistakes
have far worse implications than cleaning up urine or
poop. Each time a puppy is allowed (you allow it to
happen by putting puppy on potty-forbidden surfaces) to
make a mistake it is much more likely to do it again next
time it is in that area. It is the same as giving permission
and approval to potty on the bed, carpet, car seat,
wherever it happens to go. Prevention is the key!
Preventing is infinitely easier than correcting canine

What can be expected of your

No Bladder Control
< 12 Weeks

Very young pups need to pee as often
as every 30-45 minutes and have little
self-control. Puppies must be watched
100% when they are not on newspaper
or outside, and kept within quick easy
reach to snatch up and whisk to potty
area. Never take your eyes off a
youngster, even for a moment. Be
poised to pounce at the slightest squat,
quickly picking the baby up and carrying
to the appointed spot. Young pups have
no bladder control, even if they
did know what was expected of them, so
should not be corrected or reprimanded.

Some Bladder Control > 16 Weeks

By 4 months, puppies have more
control and can "hold it" for a little while
but aren't likely to hold it for more than
a couple hours during the day, and only
rarely all through the night. Ideally put
pup in potty area every couple hours
during day if possible. Crate pup at
night, but only if pup will be put in potty
area once in the middle of the night, or
can hold it all night through. Never
"force" the pup by leaving it too long, to
soil its crate or any very small area.  
At this point,  saying "no!" is appropriate
if pup makes a mistake, but only if
caught in the act; then quickly move
pup to the potty area and say the potty
word once or twice in hopes it has
learned the word well enough to make
the association. Then wait for a bit.  If
no results, don't repeat the word,  just
remove pup and try again later. If you
are lucky, puppy will potty, possibly
even in response to the word. If so,
excitedly praise and give a treat.           

Set-Up For  Puppy Left Alone
All Day, Place to Eat, Sleep, Play and Potty

Puppy 2 - 4 months: keep confined in a playpen,
excersize pen, laundry room or bathroom covered with
newspaper and securely  non-tippable, bowls of food
and water. If possible, put up a gate so puppy doesn't
feel as isolated. Puppy-safe stuffed animal
will be a
doggy surrogate for very young pups.  It should be at least
size of the pup with no chewable eyes, nose or other
parts that could be swallowed  Leave TV or radio on
where pup can hear conversation. Puppy-safe chewies,
or real bone with bit of meat on it, (too big to swallow),
help to keep the pup occupied. A crate with a sofa type
heavy fabric pillow wedged inside, or towel with a wire
attaching it to the back inside of the crate, provides a
good bed (den). It is important to have the bedding
secured in the crate so it can't be pulled out and
dragged through poop or pee.  A bird or other animal
within sight or earshot of the puppy will help keep it from
feeling so alone.

  1.   Your new young puppy needs an appointed place to go potty,
  2.   A very small crate about its body size, not much bigger (pup will  not   
    want to soil itself)
  3.   Bedding attached (tied or wedged securely in the crate)
  4.   Toys and chewies
  5.   A place to left all night and to stay when alone for hours
  6.   where it can also potty (playpen, laundry room, etc.)
A non-choke collar, leash, tie out, or tough, not-easily- chewed cord
  1.   Treats for potty rewards

Easy Housetraining: Yard or
Indoors on Newspaper
"Potty on Command"

Decide on the permanent potty place, if
outside, another potty place is needed indoors
since young pups pee constantly, dozens of
times a day.
When puppy first awakens anytime sleeping for
half an hour or more, and after eating,
place the  pup in desired area, which should
always have the same surface (paper, grass,
gravel etc).
Note: This is the surface a well
trained puppy will tend to seek out in other
settings as well, (when traveling, friends
houses, in public) so keep that in mind. The
pup should know words such as "good" for
praise and have a tiny treat handy.
Potty area should have some soiled
newspaper always left as a scent reminder
and stimulus to go potty. Since the pup must
focus on scents, and its own body, say nothing
and be
still. Don't distract the pup from this
focus. If pup starts to "go", stay still and quiet
so as not to interrupt, till almost finished, then
say the chosen word in the same moderate
tone (for example "potty") which will always be
the same. The goal is to have the puppy learn
to potty on command.  
Note: we would usually
say it at the beginning of the desired behavior
but in this case do not want to interrupt the
delicate business of getting the pup to "go". As
time goes by, say the word sooner,  gradually
closer to starting to "go"  as you think the pup
gets the association. Back off to end again if it
interrupts. Say it in a medium volume and
tone.  Praise immediately at the finish, and give
a tiny treat. Give the treat only occasionally in
this process,  treat must be hidden, and not
have a strong smell as that would distract, and
that defeats the purpose. A treat must
become the focal point in learning, especially
with housetraining. Nothing should take focus
away from the "business".  If treats become
distracting, cease giving them. Be aware that
your hands may carry the smell, if you aren't
It's preferable, though not always possible, to
have the potty area reserved just for pottying
and not be a play yard too. When "business" is
completed leave the area.

Preventing Potty Mistakes

Carry around or hold puppy, If you cannot hold the pup, put
puppy in its crate with a chewy or toy and then take it out and
place in potty area after about an hour.  Another option is to
tie  puppy to your leg or arm with a leash or
not-easily-chewed cord. The length should at first be only
about 2 feet .(or about double the puppy's size) this can be
increased over time if pup isn't having accidents. Give pup
something to play with or chew. Puppy is less likely to go in
this small area but you still must be vigilant even so.  Puppy
will still pee if it really needs to.
Tools to   

     Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

As the puppy begins to potty appropriately, and isn't making
any mistakes, gradually increase freedom. If a couple mistakes
are made, promptly go back to restrictions again with no
opportunity for mistakes, gradually working up to that same
freedom level again.  Each time mistakes accompany increased
freedom, return to restrictions, if needed, keep the restrictions
longer before allowing more freedom. Be absolutely certain to
follow the instructions on timing, reinforcement, communication,
consistency on the
edited 04,'15             
Copyright@ '07   SKS
The Adult Dog

Use basically same methods as with a puppy.
Adult dogs are much easier to pottytrain since they are
typically able to hold their bladder for 6-8 hours. First, using a
crate that is just big enough to stand and turn around in,
accustom the dog to being crated by feeding in crate, giving
bone or chewy and closing in crate for a gradually increasing
time. Dog should be crated at night or tied on very short leash
or chain within reach of you, or even tied to your wrist so it
would awake you if moving around much. When dog is indoors,
it should be either crated, tied to you, lying next to you or in
your lap. Unlike a puppy, it is better to not have an adult dog
potty inside in a confined area or pen unless that will be  
permanent. Males should wear diapers until definitely
housebroken. Take dog outside to potty, or to the appointed
potty area, every 2 to 4 hours through the day if possible. Use
treats intermittently as a reward unless distracting. Always put
in potty area instantly upon awakening, and after eating. Until
dog is housetrained, do not keep potty area spotless or
disinfected. Leave just enough waste in potty area for the odor
to stimulate the dog to "go".  
               Other Options

Litter boxes, Pee Pads, scent attractants
are other tools for
housetraining. The pee   
can be great with a very young baby,
but only
if anchored down. For most pups
pads must be covered  with wire mesh,
otherwise pups rip them up with great relish.
These topics aren't covered here.