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Housebreaking Your Dog-Potty Training Canine Style


Puppies are a bundle of newfound joy. You've prepared the house, and even bought him a new rubber chew toy. However, with all the joy your new pet brings, he also brings along with him his natural behaviors and instincts. It's now your job to begin training and molding him into the furry companion you've always wanted. It's not quite time for adventure or obedience school. It's time for potty training!

Just for starters, let's reiterate what pet experts back 100% of the time: never hit or abuse your puppy in any way. It will have a detrimental affect on his future behavior, his trust in you, and his ability to socialize with other dogs and humans.

With that said, you should not expect your new dog to be fully housetrained until he's about six months old, especially if you're not home to oversee his training every hour of every day.

There are a couple of different tried and true options to choose from when house training a puppy. One is commonly referred to as the "passive" option, or the newspaper option. The other option is considered the "active" approach, where you attempt to teach your new puppy when and where to control his bowel movements from the confines of a puppy crate.

The newspaper option is great for those with the necessary floor space, workers and/or apartment dwellers. Start out by designating a puppy room. If you don't have the space, and you still want to opt this route, create a room. Choose a small area (perhaps a tiled laundry room) and puppy proof it. In other words, don't allow the puppy access to any cleaners, wires or sharp objects. And, don't put your puppy into a closet or dark room. Be sure the room has windows (which you can crack open for air movement). Line the floor with newspaper. Put his bed, toys, food and water bowl in the room. At first, he'll go to the bathroom all over the place. Give the process plenty of time.

Optimistically, no matter where your puppy eliminates, it will be on the newspaper. Over time he'll slowly choose one spot (most likely based on scent). Then, gradually move the newspapers less and less on the floor until the spot where he usually eliminates is left covered. This process could take a few months. Move the paper inward only an inch or two every couple of days. If your puppy has an accident, remember, it's your fault. Most likely, you've moved the papers too quickly.

Crate training, as stated, is called the "active" approach because you really have to have an open schedule with plenty of patience and fortitude to make it work. Figure that you're going to have to take your dog out of the crate/cage about every forty-five to fifty minutes each hour of the day when you first begin.

If this is all viable, then make sure that you buy a puppy crate and not a dog cage that will be much to big. Buy a puppy cage for a puppy and later a dog cage when he becomes full-grown. Your dog should have enough space to be comfortable when sleeping, but not enough to have room to defecate in an extra corner.

Every forty-five minutes you should take your puppy outdoors on a leash to walk around and hopefully eliminate. He should do so within ten minutes. When he does go, praise the puppy by petting and saying, "Good boy" or "Good" plus his name. Once inside, allow the puppy to have supervised indoor playtime with a treat or two. If the puppy doesn't go to the bathroom outdoors, be sure to put him back in his cage and repeat the process a little later. If the puppy jitters around like he has to go to the bathroom, take him back outdoors. Expect accidents until he learns the procedure.

While both procedures take ample time and patience, they will work. The choice is yours. Give the puppy time to become familiar with his routine, you as his owner and his environment. The best thing to do is to richly award his successful attempts and never scold him for accidents.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.

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Adoptable pets for Nov 15-22  Knoxville News Sentinel

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Cat food sold nationwide recalled over risks to pets and humans  WTVR CBS 6 News

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Pet Wise: Many factors to consider when thinking about adding a new pet  Baltimore Sun

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Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WBAL Baltimore

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South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners  CBS Miami

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Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

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Holiday Gifts for your Pets -  KUSI

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Pawmetto Pet Market offers nutritious options for Spartanburg’s pets  Spartanburg Herald Journal

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Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say  Boston.com

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'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season  News3LV

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Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?  The Washington Post

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Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10000 Pets Needed For Science  WWJ Newsradio 950

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Robotic pets bring smiles to veterans' faces  Danville Commercial News

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Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season  PEOPLE.com

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Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS Extends Beyond the Footlights to Help Rescue Pets - Broadway World
WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS Extends Beyond the Footlights to Help Rescue Pets  Broadway World

3 pets were killed in a Finley fire. A family was left homeless - Tri-City Herald
3 pets were killed in a Finley fire. A family was left homeless  Tri-City Herald

Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too. - Vox.com
Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets - KTVA
Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets  KTVA

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Rescue pets of the week: Joe and Mindy Lou - SC Times
Rescue pets of the week: Joe and Mindy Lou  SC Times

A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl - Popular Mechanics
A Security Flaw Lets Hackers Overfill Your Pet's Bowl  Popular Mechanics

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

How to Fly Safely With Your Pet - Interesting Engineering
How to Fly Safely With Your Pet  Interesting Engineering

People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’ - Yahoo Food
People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’  Yahoo Food

CAPA Pet of the Week: Muffin - Santa Maria Times
CAPA Pet of the Week: Muffin  Santa Maria Times

Acupuncture for pets - WWNY
Acupuncture for pets  WWNY

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

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Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love  MLive.com

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Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire  KXII-TV

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

Tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather - CNYcentral.com
Tips to keep your pets safe in cold weather  CNYcentral.com

Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham - Detroit Free Press
Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham  Detroit Free Press

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

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You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17  SILive.com

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Pet bunny experiences rabbit nirvana  Boing Boing

Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets - KFOR Oklahoma City
Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

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San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity  KSAT San Antonio

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Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night  WTHR

Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control - WPTV.com
Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control  WPTV.com

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Red Cross assisting 8 adults, children and pets after house fire in Springfield  WWLP.com

Keeping your pets safe during the winter months - 10TV
Keeping your pets safe during the winter months  10TV

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Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets - Military.com
California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets  Military.com

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Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets  WHNT News 19

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Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead  WSAW

Companion Pet Clinic vet charged with aggravated animal abuse - KOIN.com
Companion Pet Clinic vet charged with aggravated animal abuse  KOIN.com

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Loveland’s Town and Country pet shop to close after 45 years  Loveland Reporter-Herald

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Local veterinarians urging pet owners to get their animals vaccinated for rabies, following Otter Tail County case  Valley News Live

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More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced - KWTX
Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced  KWTX

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Temps are freezing at night: Quick tips on pets, pipes, and plants  Port City Daily

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Pet of the week: 12-year-old dream dog gets better with age  mySanAntonio.com

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Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

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Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

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A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

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Learn More About the Valley's Coolest Pets  Phoenix New Times

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Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia - San Bernardino County Sun
San Bernardino County program saving shelter pets from euthanasia  San Bernardino County Sun

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LA Animal Services investigating video showing LA pet store employee throwing dog to the ground  KABC-TV

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The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

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Woman sentenced for abandoning pets at Detroit Lakes home | Detroit Lakes Tribune  Detroit Lakes Tribune

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Sam's Toy Box: Top pet toys of 2019, including Hatchimals, booty-shakin' llamas and Cubby the Curious Bear  WLS-TV

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (11/13/19)  ABC15 Arizona

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 6, 2019  OregonLive

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Groom Who Didn't Want A Pet Surprises Cat-Loving Bride With A Kitten  HuffPost

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Peirpont Vet Tech program holds pet wash: holiday edition  WDTV

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

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Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald - The State Journal-Register
Adoptable pets of the week: Joe, Little Momma, Samuel, Reginald  The State Journal-Register

Pet adoption fees waived during Norman Animal Welfare event - KFOR Oklahoma City
Pet adoption fees waived during Norman Animal Welfare event  KFOR Oklahoma City

‘Murdered by a coyote.’ State and local officials respond to pet deaths in Charlotte - WBTV
‘Murdered by a coyote.’ State and local officials respond to pet deaths in Charlotte  WBTV

The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals - Yahoo News
The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals  Yahoo News

Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips - WAFB
Protect pets and plants during cold weather with these tips  WAFB

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month - Summit Daily News
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month  Summit Daily News

Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers - Times Union
Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers  Times Union

Horse-meat company makes emergency food for babies, pets:The Asahi Shimbun - Asahi Shimbun
Horse-meat company makes emergency food for babies, pets:The Asahi Shimbun  Asahi Shimbun

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Harry Potter: 10 Times Hedwig Was the Most Loyal Pet | ScreenRant  Screen Rant

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Ruff Report: Affordable pet care and insurance  KTVZ

Volunteer Fire Department rescues multiple pets from Canyon Gate blaze - Chron
Volunteer Fire Department rescues multiple pets from Canyon Gate blaze  Chron

Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Winter Wellness: Prioritizing Pet Safety As Temperatures Plummet  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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As Homelessness Surges, Volunteers Work to Keep Pets and Their Owners Together  Los Angeleno

Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets - Today.com
Saving Senior Dogs Week celebrates adopting older pets  Today.com

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California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather - WTMJ-TV
Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather  WTMJ-TV

Police: Pet owner moves from Weston apartment, leaves cats behind - WSAW
Police: Pet owner moves from Weston apartment, leaves cats behind  WSAW

Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Nov. 16 - Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs area pet adoption fairs and events starting Nov. 16  Colorado Springs Gazette

Oakland Zoo caring for surrendered fennec fox - The Mercury News
Oakland Zoo caring for surrendered fennec fox  The Mercury News

Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps - nbc25news.com
Straw bedding offers 'hope' for pets in frigid temps  nbc25news.com

Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets - WPXI Pittsburgh
Township officials say family's goats, chickens are not pets  WPXI Pittsburgh

Diane Neal Claims Ex Physically, Sexually Abused Her, Hurt Pets - Radar Online
Diane Neal Claims Ex Physically, Sexually Abused Her, Hurt Pets  Radar Online

Firefighter hurt, pets killed in Decatur fire | Top Stories - WAND
Firefighter hurt, pets killed in Decatur fire | Top Stories  WAND

NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs - Asbury Park Press
NJ dog deaths: Owner urges neighbors to protect their pets after deaths of her two dogs  Asbury Park Press

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Magnificent Egyptian Catacomb Reveals Carvings of a 'Worthy' Woman and Her Pet  Livescience.com

Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Maine coon cats make great therapy pets  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New treatment options could lengthen your pet's life - WFTV Orlando
New treatment options could lengthen your pet's life  WFTV Orlando

The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019 - Los Angeles Times
The best pet and animal related gifts of 2019  Los Angeles Times

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Bentley the boxer saved by pet camera after swallowing broken glass  Mirror Online

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Ordinance limiting number of pets up for possible vote  PennLive

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