Housetraining From Day One

Use persistence and lots of praise to teach your pup potty manners.

By Maryann Mott | Posted: Thu Jan 27 00:00:00 PST 2005

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During your lunch break, go home to let your puppy outside. If you can't, consider hiring a pet sitter, or asking a neighbor.

Housetraining pads are an unnecessary step in the housetraining process, according to Jackson. Your puppy is capable of learning right from the start that the appropriate place to eliminate is outside.

When an accident happens, don't yell, hit or rub his nose in the mess.

If you catch puppy in the act, clap your hands and startle him, she says. Then scoop him up, take him to the backyard, and reward him for finishing out there.

If he goes to the bathroom but you didn't see him do it, just clean up the mess. Don't say or do anything.

Your pup will start reliably going outside within several weeks, but Jackson warns not to let him have too much freedom, too soon. It can take up to nine months, she says, before he's fully trained.

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janet   bethlehem, PA

11/23/2011 4:17:30 AM

good article, thank you

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Julia   Hawkinsville, GA

2/13/2010 11:06:54 AM

I have a 2 year old Jack Russell dog. Very Hyper. She is still urnating on my carpets. Is there some kind of spray I can spray on the spots she keeps going back to, to urnate on? I am working with her potty traing. Trying to be very patient. Thanks, Julia Lovell

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Heather   Leander, TX

12/26/2009 11:14:31 AM

I got my puppy at 6 months of age from a breeder. She is an English bulldog. We take her outside after sleeping, playing and eatting. We actually had 2 days of what we thought were accident free days. but come to find out.. she had been peeing on her bed that we have in the livingroom. We all praise excitedly (she does not like the treats) and go back inside and as soon as she sniffs the carpet we take her back outside. We will be out there for hours or minutes. I do not like to leave her outside, although, I do not feel to bad if I do for about 15 minutes (watching from the window)since it is cool outside and I do not have to worry about her overheating. I feel we take 2 steps forwards then 5 steps back.. Any information would be greatful.

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Bonnie   madison, TN

10/8/2009 8:44:40 AM

Thinking of adding a puppy to my household. Never been really good at dog training. I found many helpful hints in the article.

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