How to house train a dog fast
How to house train a dog fast? To know the answer of this question, we before mention the 1st day and 2nd day of hosetraining dog in previous articles, and now we will discuss the 3rd day housetraining dog.
Lessons of day three of housetraining dog
You will arrive at a full-scale workable schedule ( we will mention under ) that incorporates the elimination times, the meal times, the times for the walks and the training session as well as the brushing and the family time. All you need to do is follow it. Points to remember:
- Always follow the same route to the potty spot after meals i.e. start from the crate.
- Always praise your dog and be patient.
- Always use the housetraining dog words in and around the elimination area.
- Always make training fun and weave in the games with the commands.
the 3rd day housetraining dog
Today you must have woken up early—even before your pet! That’s good because it sets the pace for the day. To begin with a puddle in the crate everyday would be quite a damper. It’s just an effort you have to make for a couple of months until your dog calls for you to let him out.
Today you will have more time for yourself because you are going to use the crate for longer durations. Besides that, you have something to look forward to because you are weaving in the walks in the daily schedule of your dog—so c’mon get your dog out of the crate and head to the elimination spot!
1-The morning walk
The first step to How to house train a dog fast is taking your dog to the elimination spot right away. In the morning time, it’s a good idea to hold your pup and take him there.
Firstly, because you have moved the crate to your bedroom so the route would be different and secondly because he might not be able to hurry up and hold on to his water at the same time. Besides, he would like for you to hold and hug him first thing in the morning. Carry him to the potty spot—you will find that he will relieve himself right away.
Now bring him back to the area, which is his place, and give him a drink of water. He hasn’t had a sip since 6 pm yesterday. Get one of your family members to move his crate back here from the bedroom and meanwhile you show your dog the collar and the leash.
Tell your dog it’s time for a walk and command him to sit. Your puppy will probably be very happy and wag its tail but you need him to sit. Push him into the sitting position and then slip the collar over its head. Pat your dog for being good and head out on your walk.
Lead your dog through the door and make sure that he follows you. You can take a long walk depending on how old your dog is—if he is just 8-weeks, and then perhaps you cannot go out of the house because of the fact that his immunizations are not complete. If you have a 12-week-old dog—take that walk and enjoy yourself.
- Lead the dog and have him follow
- Not allow the dog to pull at the leash.
- Walk the dog, as close to you as possible—this is a primer for the ‘heel’ command.
2- Back for breakfast
The 2nd step to How to house train a dog fast is backing for breakfast. Once you get back bring him via the potty spot so that he can relieve himself before he comes into the house. Take the collar and leash off and let him sit by his crate.
If your dog wants to be in the crate, let him in. The more he considers the crate as his private den—the better and quicker the housetraining dog process will be. If the dog considers the crate as his den, he will never mess it up (unless he is left there for too long).
Which is why, if you leave him there in the crate, after allowing for a visit to the potty spot, the dog will sit in his den and control his bladder, until you take him out again. He will not mess the area where he sleeps. In the process he is learning control over his bladder. It’s just that the younger the puppy, the longer and harder it is for him to control his bladder.
It’s time for breakfast and time again to see if he can respond to the sit command. Command him to sit and serve the food once he does so. Let him eat and sit for a while with all his chew toys. After 10 minutes, take him to the potty spot on the leash and walk him through the same route. Praise him lavishly for knowing the way and once he gets to the spot tell him it’s potty time.
At the potty spot, say ‘potty time’ and make sure that he does his job, even if it means hanging around for 10 or 15 minutes extra. This is because you want to be sure that he has an empty bladder because the plan is that he is going to spend some more time in the crate today while you attend to your daily activities. Let’s say you are going to loosen the ties of the apron strings to which he’s been attached to for the past two days.
3-To the cozy den
The 3rd step to How to house train a dog fast is the cozy den time. The key word is cozy and the dog has to see the crate as a cozy den. Now walk your dog back. In fact, since you know that he’s done his job, you can take the leash off and see if he knows the way.
Walk in from the potty spot so that he can follow you but see is he wanders away or if he knows where he is going. This would help you to gauge how much your pup has learned. If he seems to be lost, call out to him and lead him to his crate. If it’s curiosity that is leading him elsewhere, pick him up say no and put him back on the route to the crate.
Once you reach the dog’s area, see what he does. He’s had a walk, he’s had breakfast and his system is clear—so most likely he will be comfortable and secure. If he picks up a toy, take it from him and place it inside the crate. If he follows it inside, let him sit for a while until you close the door. If he doesn’t voluntarily go in—find a way to tempt him in, say a few reassuring words and close the door.
If he whines and yelps, let him be for a while and definitely do not come running back and let him out. This would teach him that crying brings you to his command! What you need to teach him is to stay quiet in the crate—which is why you should choose the times he is relaxed and fed to crate him. Don’t let the dog out if he doesn’t keep quiet.
4-The Full Schedule
The 4th step to How to house train a dog fast is setting full schedule. Now that you have crated your dog, you can rest assured that there will be no accidents. You can also take the time to draw up the schedule with all the walks and training sessions incorporated.
What is not incorporated is the fact that you have to praise the dog for every achievement—and be patient with his failures. It would be something like this—though you can adjust it according to your convenience and your dog’s needs:
|5.30 a.m||Elimination spot|
|7.30 am||Breakfast/ elimination spot 10 minutes after food and water|
|8.15 to 8.45|
|9.00 am||Elimination spot|
|9.30 am||Brushing and grooming|
|10.00 am||Elimination spot|
|Training session/play session/ a trip to the elimination spot in between|
|11.30 am||Mid morning meal/elimination spot 10 minutes after food and water|
|12.00 pm||Repeat trip to elimination spot for bowel movement|
|12.30 pm||Nap time inside the crate.|
|Elimination spot/ and short reward walk.|
until the 2.30
|Training session/play/ in-between trip to the elimination spot|
|2.30 pm||Snack time of biscuits and water/elimination spot 10 minutes after food and water|
|In the crate or outside the crate with toys spread out|
|3.30 to 4:30 pm||After eliminating, training sessions/ play session|
|5.30 pm||Supper same as mid morning meal/elimination spot 10 minutes after food and water|
|6.00 pm||No water after this point|
|Family Time||Let the puppy enjoy everybody’s company and have some fun/ no crate|
|8.00 pm||Walk/ elimination spot before and after walk|
|9.30 pm||Evening snack in gravy—no water/elimination spot 10 minutes after food|
|After elimination||Bed time—in the crate|
|Midnight||Elimination spot—if you feel your dog needs to go|
- The above timetable assumes that your dog is over 8 weeks and under 6 months so that he or she would be on the five meals a day schedule.
- The time table ensures three walks.
- The time table ensures three training or play sessions.
- The timetable allows for crating two times and a limit of 30 minutes each time.
- The timetable stops water intake at 6pm.
- The timetable makes sure that the dog has family time with the whole pack in the evening.
- The timetable assumes that you are there to take the dog out to the elimination spot, every hour and 10 and 30 minutes after each meal and drink.
Basic idea behind the schedule
It’s a very simple idea that is behind the timetable. You are trying to ensure a routine. It is a routine that is fun but allows your dog to follow an elimination schedule that will soon be ingrained in his constitution.
Dogs are creatures of habit that like predictabilty and structure. What you need to do is give it to them and weave into the structure and the routine, some fun and love and a sense of accomplishment for the dog. Please note that:
- The dog is spending a lot of time with you—this gives him security, love and the alpha leader to follow.
- The dog is eliminating every hour—which means that accidents are minimized and housetraining dog program is actively in progress.
- The dog is spending training sessions with you— which means that he is learning the rules of obedience that he needs to fit into your life rather than being on the periphery
- The dog is getting plenty of walks, training sessions and play sessions—that help to channel his abundant energy and give him and you a goodnight’s rest.
- The dog is having meals on schedule—which means that he is getting nutritious meals on time and that will make him healthier.
- The dog is having a separate brushing session—that will ensure he looks good and has a healthy coat.
- The dog is spending an entire night in the crate— this will teach him or her independence, respect for your space i.e. your bed is off limits and allow him to build control over his bladder and bowels.
Basically, you are trying not to leave your dog roaming around the house unsupervised in the first few weeks. If you let him have a free run of the house you can be assured that you will have to clean up a lot of accidents that impede the housetraining dog process.
You must make sure that you are with your dog when he is free and that you crate him when he is relaxed and ready to be on his own. You also channel his energy into training and play so that he has the skills to learn the ropes of life with you and you have built the bridge to communicate what you need him to do.
5-Follow the routine
The 5th step to How to house train a dog fast is following the routine. Day three is the beginning of the routine that your dog is likely to stick with until he is an adult. You have simply one option to ensure that your dog is housetrained—follow the routine. Just kind of like how Dorothy followed the yellow-brick road!
Let’s pick up where we left your dog—he was in the crate after his walk, breakfast, and after pouring out his bladder. He is relaxed and quiet but probably will be happy to see you after half an hour and what’s more important—he will be ready to do your bidding!
That is why it is an excellent time to train him. Take him to the potty spot and once he relieves himself, give him a good 15 minutes brush over. Handle his body, lay him down, open his mouth and check his teeth—all these actions give you ascendancy over him and will make him see you more as the alpha-who-must-beobeyed! This in turn gives you an edge over him in the training session—because he will be more likely to obey you.
6-Let the training begins
The 6th step to How to house train a dog fast is letting the training begins. Once the brushing is over, put on his leash and take him to the potty spot and then proceed to the training session. Repeat the sit command and if he seems to know it well enough teach him the ‘stay’ command. Teaching your dog to stay:
- Command him to sit and give him a reward. Now hold up a hand in the stop signal gesture and keep it in front of his face.
- Move away, always using your right foot first, and command him to ‘stay”, in a firm voice. Keep eye contact but move back, hand still in the same gesture.
- Wait for a few seconds and come back to your dog’s side, if he doesn’t move. Praise him and practice again. If he gets it – you can teach him the staycome command tomorrow.
Don’t forget to allow your dog a trip to the potty spot in between the training session. This will help both you and the dog concentrate.
7-Time for mid morning meal
The 7th step to How to house train a dog fast is giving your dog mid morning meal. Once it is 11.30 am, command your dog to sit and give him his meal. He has had enough exercise with the training session and he needs the nourishment and the drink.
Take your dog to the potty spot after his food and again 30 minutes later to ensure that the poop job is done. Once it is done you can take of the leash and lead him to the crate. You can sit with him, leave the radio on, until he looks relaxed enough to sleep and then close the doors. Do your chores and get some lunch and rest.
Once he wakes, put his leash on and take him to the potty spot. As a reward, take him on a short walk. It would make him happy and clear your mind too. After getting back from the walk, come inside via the potty spot and then sit with your puppy to play.
It’s a play come training session but your dog doesn’t know that! Very cleverly, you can insert a game or two of fetch and find. This will tire him out and teach him some mental skills. Be around him and generally let him have fun with you but repeat the sit and stay commands, as many times as you feel necessary without losing his attention or tiring him out.
The idea is to weave the training into fun so that the dog doesn’t realize anything but the fact that he is learning skills that please you, because you are praising him a lot. Also you don’t realize it but you are giving him enough opportunities to socialize him with your family and make him feel secure and develop an even and balanced temperament.
8-Snack time and quiet time
The 8th step to How to house train a dog fast is giving your dog a snack and then the usual trip to the potty spot, let him be in the vicinity of the crate and sit with all his toys. Spread them out on the floor and let him have some quiet time.
He might not want a nap but he would sit quietly because he’s just spent a lot of time with you. It’s important that he is away from you to give him a sense of independence. You do not want a whining and clingy pet. If he wants to be in the den—by all means let him in.
After a while you can get your kids to play a game of ball with the dog and meanwhile find a chance of repeating the sit and stay commands. Make sure you incorporate them during the time you give him his meals. It would certainly teach a jumping dog a thing or two about obedience behavior! Be sure also to take your dog to the elimination spot on an hourly basis.
The 9th step to How to house train a dog fast is the family time. Once the 5.30 evening meal and water are given—do make sure that both the pee and the poop jobs are over. Remember that no water after 6 pm. Also once he evacuates his bowels at the potty spot, praise him and play a game with him.
He would understand that “If I do my job, my alpha is going to play with me”! That would make him hurry the act up. Maybe that’s what you could give him—a special time with the family. Have fun cuddling and hugging him and maybe even all take him out for the 8.pm walk. Make sure you tire him out.
Bring him home via the potty spot and let him sit until you get the dinner ready. Command him to sit and serve him his 9.30 meal. Take him out to the elimination spot and hug and praise him. Put him in the crate and move the crate to your bedroom when you are ready to sleep—and remember to take him out once during the night! After a few weeks your dog will no longer have a need for the midnight potty sessions.
Now that you have a fixed plan—day four of housetraining dog will be a walk in the park! Remember it will work out and these seven days of your effort are going to translate into a perfectly housetrained dog.
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