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Successful toilet training is really a management issue.  Nowhere is good management more helpful than during house training. Until your puppy or dog is trained, it is your responsibility to make sure that he is never left unattended in an area that you do not want him to eliminate in. Intelligent use of your puppy's crate will greatly improve your success.  If your puppy considers his crate his bed, he will be more reluctant to soil it.

This can be a simple process. Bear in mind, your puppy is going to eliminate! It is up to you to teach it where to go.  That means you need to be absolutely aware of where your pup is and what it is doing at all times.

Don't punish your pup for "accidents" if you're not paying attention.  By following some simple guidelines, potty training your puppy can take a short time:

  1. You must reward/praise your puppy every time it does its "business" in the appropriate area. This will communicate your wishes to the pup.
  2. Any time your are unable to watch your puppy, it should be in it's crate. This will prevent the pup from having an accident in the house.
  3. If, and only if, you catch your puppy squatting in the house, stop him/her by making a loud noise (clap your hands, slap a wall or table top, etc.) and immediately take your puppy (happily) outside to the desired area and encourage him to finish. Once he has finished lavish him with praise and "cookies." If after ten minutes your puppy has not gone, take him into the house and put him in his crate for about 30 minutes and then take him out again. If he goes, reward and play for a few minutes. If he doesn't, back to the crate for another half hour.
  4. Take your puppy to the desired area frequently during the day. Take him out after each meal, a nap, after a period of activity and when you see him sniffing (cueing) around.

Keeping your puppy on a consistent schedule will also go a long way to help the process. Feed, water (what goes in on schedule, comes out on schedule) and exercise at the same times daily. Use a high quality food formulated for puppies and don't change it. Sudden dietary changes can cause intestinal upset and ruin training efforts. And remember, PAY ABSOLUTE ATTENTION TO YOUR PUPPY!!  Prevention of accidents is the key. You must be present when your puppy needs to "go."

Puppies vary greatly in the length of time it takes them to become reliably house trained. If you have one that is slow in getting it, you'll need to be more diligent and patient until he gets the idea. Also if you leave your puppy home alone all day, training will take longer. It is also important to mention at this time that you need to maintain your puppy's weekday schedule during the weekend. It is not uncommon for our office to receive calls on Monday and Tuesday from clients that were making progress and suffered some regression because they were letting the puppy out several times a day and altering the feeding schedule over the weekend.