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Puppy Housebreaking Solutions

Updated on May 28, 2012
My old puppy ;)
My old puppy ;)

Housebreaking Solutions:

Consistency and routine are your ultimate friends.

First off, you will need to clean the areas that the dogs have urinated on with an enzyme cleaner (the best I have found is “Nature’s Miracle” white bottle, with red lettering). This will eliminate the odor spot(s) the dogs return to.

Secondly make sure that the dogs have enough access to the outside. (Until the dogs are at least 3 months old, they will not truly be able to “hold it”). Dogs need to have access to the bathroom area at least 4 times a day (When they wake up, before you leave for work, when you turn form work and once more before sleep)

This will take some time on your part; I suggest a feeding and watering time or times. (Do not leave your dogs’ access to food and water whenever they want. Try feeding them either only once a day or twice a day with monitored access to water. You will need to watch the dogs after they have eaten and drank for signs they need to be let out. Excessive sniffing the ground and circling… Take them out at the point. You will need to stay with them and observe them, once they pee outside, IMMEDIATELY praise them, tell them how good they are and if you would like they could have a treat. DO NOT give them a treat for just going outside, only after they have peed.

This will need to be the basic concept for a little while until they understand that is what you want. (This may even take up to a month of this concept EVERYDAY.)

The ONLY time you should ever correct (Scold) the dog for peeing in the house is if you actually catching them in the act. (NEVER wait even 1 minute to correct the dog, by then they have no idea why you are correcting them).

If you have any other problems or issues please let me know, I am partial to sharing my knowledge of dogs and training…


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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      BTW I love the picture of your dog!!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh yes I would love to read that one as well! Thank you!

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      Desertarmor 5 years ago from Arizona

      Yes during housebreaking, put them in a kennel while you are away. I am starting a new hub explaining why kennel training is a great thing. I will keep everyone updates. Thanks

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Just what I needed in the middle of house breaking a dog. Do you put them in a kennel when going to work?