Now that you brought your new puppy home it’s time to house train that little guy. House training your puppy is one of the most important things you can do for you and your dog. Most people aren’t aware that the number one reason dogs end up in shelters is because of house training issues.
Quite often a puppy owner will tell me that it’s okay we understand if it has accidents, it’s just a puppy. And I reply but it is nine months old and your dog should be house trained by now.
However some time between 12 and 24 months old I always get a call from that same client that says we have to either get the dog house trained or my husband says it has to go. It has ruined the carpet, and our home smells like urine.
It would have been so much simpler to do this in the beginning when the puppy first came home. Here are some ideas to help you get that puppy house trained quicker and easier.
Potty Training Methods
Of course like everything else there’s more than one way to potty train a puppy. But in this article we are going to talk about the method that I have found with my decades of dog training experience to be the easiest.
The easiest method to house train a puppy is by using a crate. Occasionally I’ll have a client who says “oh that seems so cruel to put the puppy in a crate”. However that’s the farthest thing from the truth.
In fact the crate is the greatest gift you can give your dog. Dogs are den animals and they learn to love their crate as if it were their den. While we are talking about crates let’s make sure you choose the right one.
There are two types of crates available, the wire crate and the plastic crate. I explain to my clients that the wire crate does not give the den feeling. In fact if you were in the wire crate looking out you would feel like you were in a jail.
The plastic crate on the other is more enclosed and has that den feeling that your puppy will be looking for.
Make sure that the crate you purchase for your puppy is large enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around and lay down. It shouldn’t be so big they can do their business in one part of the crate and lay in another.
We want the crate small enough so that if your dog has an accident mother nature will tell it to hold it next time until you can allow it to go outside.
Another good rule to follow is to make sure there is nothing in the bottom of the crate that will absorb urine etc. (blankets or towels) Again this is so your dog with mother natures help learns to hold it until you take it out.
In Part 2 of this article I am going to give you more information on house training your puppy, The Easy Way!
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Please feel free to contact Wayne if you have any questions.
Wayne Booth has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of the Canine Behavior Specialists Network, http://www.K9-University.com.