As everyone with a new puppy knows, housetraining is a necessity if our dogs are going to live with us. What you may not know is that with the right tools - both purchased and learned - housetraining does not have to be troublesome.
Check out this housetraining checklist to make sure you have the necessary tools that successful housetraining takes:
Buy a pup from a reliable breeder who has taken the time to start pups on the right track and who keeps the whelping box and kennel clean.
A crate is an invaluable tool. We have many pet owners commenting that crate training was easy after being initially skeptical.
A barrier gate confines your pup to a room with easy-to-clean floors if you don't want him in a crate and you just can't watch his every move.
Papers, Piddle Pads®, and a Protection Tray are a must if you're training your pup to go inside.
Do you have plenty of treats to give your pup when he's "done his duty?" Some pups are very food motivated.
Feeding on schedule helps your pup's body get used to having to relieve himself on schedule.
Cleanup supplies - Dog-Tergent and Stainaway are great products for the inevitable accident.
Get a lead and collar so he can relieve himself under your control and so you can train your pup to go in a certain area of the yard.
Good owner skills include:
Praise and not punishment.
Punctuality. Getting your pup outside the moment he needs to so he knows what's expected of him.
Patience is what you need inside with a damp cloth in one hand and a bottle of Dog-Tergent in the other.