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Tips for House Training Your Dog

How to's for house training your dog or puppy.

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House training your dog requires a lot of patience. Probably the #1 subject that I get calls about is help potty training a puppy. To help you through this puppy (and sometimes young dog challenge). Here are some helpful house training tips for your dog so you can keep your sanity.

Routine is Your Friend

Consistency is the key. As well as patience. But with house  training your dog above all else it will be a rinse and repeat situation to get your dog on board. Dogs do excellent with routine. So having a consistent schedule for walks, eating and drinking will get your doing into that healthy routine for the entire family. Just remember patience.

Timing is everything in House Training your Dog

I can’t stress enought how much having a house training schedule will make your life easier. At the beginning of training, I will give new puppy parents a log for house training. It’s a chart with times filled out and they can keep track of when they take their dogs out. If there are any accidents they can see if there was a time missed and what happened. This will help to alter the times of taking your dog outside. At the end of this blog you will see an example of what I give to clients so you can use something for house training your dog.

The rule of thumb for puppies and going outside is 1 hour for each month old. So a 3 month old puppy should go out every 3 hours as this would be the longest that they could hold it without making a mess.

When should I take my Puppy out to go potty?

As you know puppies need to go potty more than other dogs. Think of them as babies, they potty before and after everything they do. Here are some examples of when to practice house training your dog:

  • When they first wake up;
  • After a play session;
  • After a nap;
  • Just after drinking;
  • Before or after eating;
  • After chewing on a bone or toy.
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Where should I take my Puppy

Puppies love to explore, which they should. However, when taking them out for potty have a designated training area with as little distractions as possible. I know that’s easier said then done but to expect them to become potty trained on a walk like an adult dog is asking a lot when there are so many distractions. Save yourself the frustration and find a spot with as little distraction as possible and just wait them out to do their business. Then they go about and explore. 

Not Everything goes according to plan

You will undoubtedly need clean up & odor removal assistance. Messes will happen inside. Removing the odor from this is imperative to prevent the future messes. If the odor is not removed the dog will continue to go back and eliminate in the same exact area. An example of a product that is very good at removing all trace of these odor’s is Nature’s Miracle. Regular cleaners and Ammonia products won’t help with removing the odor as the residue will smell like urine to them and only encourage them to go to that same spot.

Reinforce the Behaviors you Do Want

Don’t forget to reward and Praise your dog. Reinforce the behavior that you want to continue happening. Who doesn’t love praise. Just like humans, dogs love praise. This is teaching them what they are doing is correct. Motivation is key in any training. Check out my blog on Motivation Tips for Training to help you out.

You will probably discouraged at times but remember house training takes time. Dogs will go forward, backward and then forward again. It will require patience from you and to understand that if they are puppies, fully house trained puppies usually don’t happen until 6 months as they are still learning to control their bladders. The potty training schedule below will help you along the journey.

If you have more questions, please feel free to schedule a consultation or email me at



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