House Training

Basic house training for your dog

House training is one of the most important elements. Of creating a well-trained dog and trusted family member. Problems with house training and similar issues. Are the number one reason that dogs are surrendered to shelters. So house training your dog can literally save his or her life.


House training a puppy does not need to be difficult. But it is important to take the process seriously, plan ahead and take things slowly. Some dogs will be easier to housebreak than others, so it is important to work with your dog. Rushing the process can be counterproductive and cause you to have to start all over again.


When it comes to house training a new puppy, it is important to know what to expect. Unless the owner is able to supervise the puppy round the clock. It is difficult to complete the house training process until the dog is at least six months old. It is important to know this ahead of time so you can be prepared. Young puppies have bodies that are changing and growing. Puppies younger than six months often have not developed. The bowel and bladder control will need to be house trained.


When the owner is not at home. The puppy should be confined to a small room and the entire floor should be covered with paper. Of course, it is important to puppy-proof the room, that is removing any items on which the puppy could be injured. In the beginning, the puppy will most likely do his business anywhere within the room. Besides, the puppy will probably. Play with the papers, chew them, etc., this is normal. It should not be grounds for punishment or distress. Cleaning up each day should simply be part of the routine of living with a new puppy. Clean up the soiled papers and put down new ones each day.


Time for paper training


During the time that the puppy is confined in its little den. It will begin to develop the habit of eliminating on paper. After a little time has passed, the puppy will begin to exhibit a preferred place to eliminate. After this preferred spot has been established. The area that is papered should be slowly diminished. The first papers to be removed should be those that are furthest away from the “toilet”. The owner will have to lay down only a few papers. If the puppy ever misses those papers, it means that the papered area has been reduced too much and too soon.


After the puppy is reliable doing its business only on the papers that have been left. The papers can be slowly and gradually moved to a location of your choice. The papers should be moved only gradually, as little as an inch a day. If the puppy misses the papers, again it means that they have been moved too soon and too far. In this case, it will be necessary to go back a few steps and start over. It is important not to become discouraged. The puppy will understand the concept over time. And you will be able to choose your puppy's toilet area and move on to the next step.


House training when the owner is home


The more time you can spend with your puppy the faster the house training will go. The goal should be to take the puppy to the toilet area every time he needs to do his business. In most cases, this will be either every 45 minutes. Right after each play session, after he first wakes up, or right after he eats or drinks. It is important to provide effusive praise for the puppy. When he eliminates the established toilet area.


As the puppy becomes more used to using his toilet area. Also, he has developed improved bladder and bowel control. He will be able to begin spending more and more time outside his den with his owner in the rest of the home. It is important to begin this process by allowing the puppy access to one room at a time. It is also important to allow the puppy in the extra room only when he can be supervised. When you must leave the room, be sure to put the puppy back in his den.

Dog training – house training issues and how to deal with them

The best house training uses the dog's own instincts. To avoid soiling its bed to train the dog where and where not to do his business. That is the basis behind crate training. In which the dog is confined to its crate in the absence of the owner. Then there is den training, in which the dog is confined to a small area of the home. In essence, the crate, or the room, becomes the dog’s den. Dogs are very clean animals, and they try their best to avoid using their dens as toilets.


This type of training usually works very well, both for puppies and for older dogs. Problems with this type of toilet training are usually. The result of not understanding the signals the dog is sending. Also, not being consistent with feeding times, or trying to rush the process.


While the house training process can be sped up somewhat. By praising the dog and rewarding it for toileting in the proper place. Some dogs cannot be rushed through this important process. It is always best to house train the dog properly the first time than to go back and retrain a problem dog.


If the dog continues to soil the den area after house training. The most likely reason is that the owner has left the dog in the den for too long. Another reason may be that the den area is too large. In this case, the best strategy is to make the den area smaller or to take the dog to the toilet area more frequently.


If the dog soils the bed that has been provided in the den area. It is most likely because the owner has left the dog there for too long, and the dog had an understandable accident. Or it could be that the dog has not yet adopted this area as the bed. Also, urinary tract infections and other medical conditions. Can also cause dogs to soil their beds. It is important to have the dog checked out. By a veterinarian to rule out any medical problems.


One other reason for house training accidents that many people overlook is boredom. Dogs who are bored often drink large amounts of water. And thus must urinate more than you might think. If you notice your dog consuming large amounts of water. Be sure to take the dog to the established toilet area more often. Provide the dog with toys and other distractions to end boredom.


Boredom is the root cause of many dog behavior problems, not only house training issues. Chewing and other destructive behaviors. Are also often caused by boredom and separation anxiety.


Other problems with house training can occur when the dog’s den is not properly introduced. In some cases, dogs can react to the den as if it is a prison or a punishment. Those dogs may exhibit signs of anxiety. Such as whining, chewing and excessive barking. It is important for the dog to feel secure in its den, and to think of it as a home and not a cage.


The best way to house train a puppy or dog, or to re-house train a problem dog. Is to make yourself aware of the dog’s habits and needs. Creating a healthy, safe sleeping and play area for your dog, as well as a well-defined toilet area. Is important for any house training program.


House training is not always an easy process, but it is certainly an important one. The number one reason that dogs are surrendered to animal shelters. Is problems with inappropriate elimination. So a well-structured house training program can be a lifesaver for your dog.