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How To Housetrain and Potty Train Any Dog

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Whether you are training your puppy to go outside or on papers, select a specific area for him to potty, and be consistent. Consider toilet training a child: you don't place potties in the middle of the floor or send your child to the neighbor's house to use the bathroom.


As you introduce your puppy to different areas of the house, consider where you want him to go. Just as you would direct a person to sit in a chair, you need to direct your puppy to a bed or mat on which to rest, and help him organize his toys there. Remember that puppies are very social, and your puppy will be happiest being near you. Use a specific direction like SETTLE DOWN when leading him to his area.

Select areas to send your puppy when you're eating, watching TV, reading, or working. See "Displacement Activities" on page 73, and provide your puppy with some favorite objects to keep him occupied while you're busy.

Be mindful of a restless puppy. Restlessness indicates that other needs, perhaps exercise or play, are pressing. It is your responsibility as his "parent" to take care of his needs.


Having your puppy bound wildly around your home can be very disruptive. He will also have to go to the bathroom during and following a play bout, which is reason enough to put some parameters on his freedom. Create play areas and decide on games the whole family can play to give him a sense of structure as well as a sense of fun!

You must decide if you want your adult dog on the furniture. If you don't want a dog who shares the furniture with you, don't confuse your puppy by inviting him onto the couch. Give your puppy a specific place to lie—such as at one end of the furniture or on the floor—and be consistent with that direction.

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How To Housetrain Any Dog

How To Housetrain Any Dog

Fundamentals of Dog and Puppy Training. Although dogs shouldn't be attributed with having human characteristics, they are intelligent enough to be able to understand the concept of, and execute, certain actions that their owners require of them - if these actions are asked in a way that dogs find rewarding.

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