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A little effort now saves a lot of frustration and paper towels later on.
- Prevent your dog from making mistakes
- Make it easy for your dog to do the right thing in the right place
- Praise and reward your dog for getting it right
The more time you devote to housetraining and the sooner you start, the faster and easier it will be–so if you can, take a few days or even a week off work when you bring your dog or puppy home. If you stick closely to the routine, you can housetrain a puppy within a few weeks, and an adult dog within a few days.
All you need to know to housetrain a puppy or dog
Frequently asked questions
–By Ian Dunbar, veterinarian, behaviorist, and DogTime contributing editor