|Crate Training is one of the most efficient
and effective ways to train a puppy or dog.
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The single most important aspect of dog and puppy training is that you reward and praise your dog or
puppy each and every time she does the right thing. For example: praise her when she chews her
own toys instead of the couch or eliminates outside instead of in the house. The more time you spend
with your puppy or dog, the quicker and easier it will be to train her.
The key to house training is to establish a routine that increases the chances that your dog will
eliminate in the right place in your presence, so that she can be praised and rewarded; and
decreases the chances that your dog will eliminate in the wrong place so that she will not develop bad
It is important that you make provisions for your dog when you are not home. Until your dog is
housetrained, she should not be allowed free run of your house. Otherwise, she will develop a habit
of leaving piles and puddles anywhere and everywhere. Confine her to a small area such as a
kitchen, bathroom or utility room that has water/stain resistant floors. Confinement is NOT crate
What is Crate Training?
Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a dog. Dogs do not like to soil their
resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining
your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still
a far more important aspect of crate training.
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Housetraining is one of the most important skills your puppy will learn. Most information on house-
related to teaching a dog to go outside when nature calls. But there are some situations, particularly
dogs, in which you’ll want to teach a puppy to use papers or an indoor “puppy potty.” With many
puppies, the indoor
set-up will serve as a safety net until the puppy can be transitioned to the outdoors. Remember that
when puppies are using papers, they still need plenty of socialization and opportunities for outdoor
1. Choose an area with a floor surface that is easy to clean (such as a tile doorway,
kitchen or bathroom).
Cover the floor with plastic. You can use a piece of an old shower curtain. Put the newspapers on top
2. Alternatives to newspapers
If you don’t want to use newspapers, pet stores sell “puppy pads” that are specifically designed for
In addition to puppy pads, a number of companies have a product called a “dog potty.” To decide if
you’d rather use a commercial dog potty instead of papers, go to www.google.com Type “dog potty” in
search box and you’ll be able to look at a number of commercial products.
3. Keep the area clean
When your puppy uses the papers, replace the dirty papers (or clean the potty) as soon as possible. If
catch your puppy using the papers, be sure to praise the puppy. White vinegar or special cleaning
from your local pet store can be used to remove odors.
4. Accidents happen
If you catch your puppy eliminating somewhere other than the paper, quickly pick the puppy up and
the paper. Don’t yell at or scold the puppy. Praise the puppy for going on the paper.
5. Transitioning to the Outdoors
As they grow older, puppies will be able to control their bladders and bowels for longer periods of time.
will make it possible for you to get down the hall of a city high-rise, onto the elevator, and outside in
time. Praise your puppy and give a treat for eliminating outside. If it is your goal to have a dog who
use papers indoors, begin the housetraining process with frequent trips outside.