Puppy House Training

Q

How do I house train my dog?

A

One of the easiest ways to house train is to “crate train”. The crate you choose should be just large enough for your puppy to stand and lay down comfortably. Too much room and they will eliminate in one corner and sleep in another. Many people buy a larger crate and block part of it with a cardboard box to avoid having to buy a different size crate as the pup grows.

 Your puppy will need to go outside after waking from a nap, hard play, or eating. Take your puppy outside for about fifteen minutes. If elimination occurs, praise him lavishly. (I usually do not recommend food treats as rewards.) If he does not eliminate, put him back in the crate for fifteen minutes then take him out again. Once elimination occurs, he can be free to explore, play, etc.

 The crate should never be used for punishment. It is the pup’s own personal space—“his room”. He will soon learn to treat it as a place to go for privacy and comfort. 

 If your pet is difficult to house train, or suddenly breaks from house training, this may be a sign of a problem. Urinary tract infections are not uncommon in young dogs, especially females. Catch a urine sample by sliding a clean container under your pet as they are urinating and have it analyzed by your veterinarian. He will check it for signs of infection or other medical issues. 

 If you need further information, or to schedule and appointment, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330)650-2929. 

 Dr. Mark

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