It is always better to get everything prepared before your puppy's arrival. But don't worry, if you already have your puppy I'll help you get set right away. During the housetraining process, we'll use two kinds of confinements: short term and long term. To confine your dog for a short period of time, you'll use a crate. You'll find in chapter 4: Crate Training, all the information you need to choose the right crate for your dog and how to get him used to his crate.
When you'll leave your puppy for more than a couple ofhours, you'll use long term confinement. To this end, you'll have to block part of a room in your house in which you'll put your puppy's crate, paper on the floor and a couple of chew toys. It's a good idea to put a plastic sheet under the paper to protect the ffoor even more. We'll call this place your puppy's domain.
The kitchen is usually the best choice because it is a busy place. Dogs really need to feel that they are part of the family and being in the middle of all the action is highly motivating for them. In general, a kitchen ffoor is also easy to clean up which is a "must" during housetraining.
To block part of the room, you can use baby gates. They are easy to install and to open when it's time to get your puppy outside. You can also use a play pen to confine your dog. Most pet stores have them. These tools are more expensive though. When I was housetraining my dogs, I used a couple of plywood boards to block the kitchen entries and they worked just fine.
So, your puppy's domain should be delimitated with gates or board, his crate should be in one corner and the rest of the ffoor covered with paper. By the way, butcher or brown paper is a lot better than newspaper since it doesn't contain ink, therefore it is a lot less messy. Your puppy should have a couple of chew toys to play with. One very popular chew toy is a Kong© because you can fill it with peanut butter, kibbles and other favorite treats to your dog to keep him occupied. As your puppy grows, you can expand his domain.
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