Why Do I Need A Crate For Housetraining?
Some people don't like the idea of crates, but remember, they're only a temporary training measure. Why do I need a crate to housetrain?
How To Housetrain When You’re Out Of The House
Being kept in the playroom with an indoor doggy toilet prevents your dog from eliminating in other parts of the house--something that can quickly turn into a bad habit.
Setting Up An Indoor Dog Toilet To Housetrain Your Pup
The more you can be around for your puppy, to take her in and out for bathroom breaks, the more quickly housetraining will proceed.
Dog Marking & House Soiling
Dog marking and house soiling may smell the same, but they are two entirely different things. Learn the difference as well as how to treat and prevent both behaviors.
Litter boxes for dogs
Question: How can I train my dog to use a litter box? Answer: Litter boxes are a great option for apartment dwellers, those who are unable to walk their dogs (or who worry about leaving them unattended in the yard), or simply small-dog owners who prefer this neat, convenient method. Choose a litter box that […]
Incontinence in dogs
Helping your dog regain control
Stages of puppy development
Just as the saying “a chip off the old block” often holds true for humans, it can apply to dogs as well. Puppies that are well-socialized are more likely to come from dogs that are well-socialized. A basic part of a pup’s socialization is based on their mother’s attitude–relaxed or skittish–toward people. The way you […]
Dog behavior solutions: Housesoiling
Master trainer Ian Dunbar on how to handle a housetraining problem
Raising a puppy: Housetraining FAQs
Master trainer Ian Dunbar answers common housetraining questions
Housetraining a puppy?
Question: What do I need to know about housetraining a puppy? Answer: Housetraining a puppy involves clear, consistent communication. You may think you’re being obvious when you tell your puppy to eliminate outdoors, but remember that you two don’t naturally speak the same language. Here are some tips for success: Decide what you want and […]
Transitioning dog from crate training
Question: How do you know when your dog no longer needs her crate for housetraining? Answer: When you transition your dog from long stretches inside her crate to extended periods outside her crate, do so gradually. Many people make the mistake of immediately offering the dog free reign of the house–and then are surprised to […]
Accidents in housetrained dogs
Question: Why is my housetrained dog suddenly having accidents? Answer: When you notice a sudden change in your pet’s elimination habits, the first step is to visit your veterinarian. Problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease, bladder stones, and gastrointestinal diseases can lead to inappropriate urination or defecation (in other words, changes in where […]
Dog training and non-food rewards
Question: What can I use besides food as a training reward? Answer: The answer to this question is both easy and complicated–it really depends on your dog. An appropriate training reward is anything that your dog will work for in order to gain access to it, such as a chew toy, getting to go for […]
Make dog training fun?
Question: How do I get my dog to enjoy our training sessions? Answer: If you really think about it, training time is play time–training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog. Remember to keep your attitude light-hearted and consider this time together a part of the bonding experience. If your training […]
Common housetraining mistakes
If you don't seem to be making any progress with housetraining, check your methods. It's easy to make mistakes that don't seem important to us but have a big impact on a puppy.
How and when to end housetraining
The secret to effective housetraining is to ease out of it gradually. What you don’t want to do is suddenly give your puppy free access to the house. You’re just asking for accidents. Time to stop housetraining If your puppy hasn’t had an indoor accident in at least two weeks, slowly give her more freedom. […]
Question: Are crates necessary for housebreaking a puppy? Answer: The main purpose crate training serves is to limit your puppy’s space indoors when you can’t watch or supervise her. Some people find crates unappealing or feel they have a jail-like atmosphere, but dogs, by nature, are denning animals. The truth is that they usually take […]
Question: Do you recommend paper training? Answer: I prefer not to paper train puppies–taking them out regularly is a better option. But let’s be realistic. Many people work long hours and can’t always get home several times a day to take out their dog. Sometimes extenuating circumstances simply make it very difficult to make frequent […]
bathroom breaks for dogs?
How many times a day should I give my dog a bathroom break?
Clickers for housetraining?
Question: Can clicker training be used for housetraining? Answer: The key to potty training success is tripartite–management/supervision, scheduling, and reinforcement of appropriate toileting behaviors. Management may involve the use of gates, crates, tethers, or potty pads and should include careful supervision and prompt cleaning of all accidents with an enzymatic cleaning product created specifically for […]