There are different ways to go about house breaking, or potty training a dog, but the most common way is to use a crate.
In this article we’ll be covering all the basics that you will need to begin crate training your dog, and how to transfer the concepts to your living area.
Dogs are naturally clean animals, and prefer to not soil their den, or lay in their own feces. With this in mind we will start having our new dog sleep in their crate at night, and at times when we are unable to monitor them around the house.
Managing our dogs food and water intake is going greatly increase the time it takes to train our pup as well. If we feed and water them at certain times, we are going to start to notice that it is coming out at certain times. Don’t leave food and water out for your dog to “free feed” from. It becomes difficult to tell when the dog has eaten, or how much. A young dog may need to eat three meals a day until they get a little older. Check your kibble for feeding recommendations. Some dogs are water hogs, and will drink excessive amounts of water especially after playing or running. A 15 week old dog should go out for a potty break within 20 minutes after consuming their meal, or water. Also if your dog has been relatively active, they will need to go to the bathroom much sooner than if they are napping.
When we are giving our dog free time around the house, it needs to be strictly monitored. If we are good about this, our dog will understand the rules quickly. If we are not good about interrupting our puppy every time they begin to potty, training will take a long long time. It will become difficult for the dog to understand what it is that you are trying to communicate.
Remember how a dog likes to sleep in a clean area? Now we need to visualize that our whole house is slowly becoming our dogs crate. But not in a bad way! Our dog is is going to understand that they need to go to the bathroom where you decide they should go, and that they should hold it until they are in that space. For most people this will be the yard, or outside in a specific spot. The crate is how we are going to exercise this new muscle of our puppy holding his or her business until it is time. The crate also keeps our pup from running around to much and encouraging a problem when we are not ready.
What do I do if I have to go to work?
A real good option when you can’t be home, is to hire a professional dog walker to come in and let your dog out while you are gone at work. A young dog under the age of 4 months may need to go out more than once during an average 8 hour work day. Most dog walkers know how to handle puppy’s and have a basic understanding of housebreaking a dog.