The Housebreaking Cycle

Start the housebreaking cycle by bringing your puppy out of the crate. Carry or walk your puppy immediately outside. Using a leash, walk your puppy over to the desired elimination area. Gently, but encouragingly, repeat your cue word. Once your puppy has eliminated, praise in a gentle tone "Good potty," and return inside the house.

Wait only three to four minutes for your puppy to eliminate. If it takes longer than this, she probably does not need to eliminate or is distracted. Return inside and wait five minutes and repeat the process. (If your puppy tends to eliminate indoors during this waiting period, crate her for a few minutes or keep her on a short leash with you to avoid these accidents.)

Once inside, offer breakfast and some water. When your puppy finishes, take her outside for another elimination break. In this morning routine, your puppy should both urinate and defecate.

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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