- How to house train a dog
- the 2nd day housetraining dog
- 1-The meal deal
- 2-After Breakfast
- 3-Getting to know the leash
- 4-Walking with the leash
- 5-It’s time for the 11:30 A.M meal
- 6-Points to ponder!
- 7-After the nap
- 8-Initiate the training
- 9-Time to come in
- 10-The 2:30 snack
- 11-Practice the training
- 13-Schedule to walks
- 14-Walk at 8 P.M
- the 2nd day housetraining dog
How to house train a dog
How to house train a dog? To know the answer of this question, we before mention the first day of hosetraining dog in previous article, and now we will discuss the 2nd day housetraining dog.
Lessons of day two
- Your dog got used to the crate and the leash—two things that will speed the housetraining dog process.
- You have to be clear that you use the word ‘outside’ as you walk your dog to the elimination spot and ‘potty time’ when you get there—because if you say potty time indoors, he might just do it inside!
- Your dog also walked the route to the potty spot, which means he will learn it too.
- Your dog learned the sit command, which means he is ready for more obedience training.
- Your dog is enjoying walks and getting more exercise.
- You have eliminated accidents by being there every hour and after every meal and nap time and he knows the housetraining dog words now.
the 2nd day housetraining dog
It is Day Two of housetraining dog and hopefully you woke up before your dog and rushed him out to the elimination spot. If you set the alarm and wake up before your dog’s whining, you have a chance to avoid an accident. Even if you do wake up to a wet little puppy, take him to the elimination spot and let him sniff around.
You must take him there so that he knows that the first thing he does when he wakes up is go to the potty spot. Let him walk around a bit and then take him in for his breakfast. Meanwhile, if you have had an accident in the crate, then do not despair—just clean it up well with an odor eliminator and put the sheets and blankets in the washing machine. Make sure that you totally eliminate the smell of urine.
Have patience with your dog’s failure. Give him time to familiarize himself to the new pace. Think about it—your dog has to get used to you, the other family members, the house, the food, your language, the housetraining dog process, the obedience training and to top it all, he has been forever separated from his family. You are all he has, so forgive a puddle or two!
1-The meal deal
The first step to How to house train a dog is providing your dog with perfect feeding. You should establish feeding schedule for getting ideal housetraining dog process.
It’s breakfast time for your dog, so feed him in exactly the same way as before. Sit him down, set the bowl in front of him and in the same place as well—it’s time to reflect how meal times play their part in the housetraining dog drill.
Usually, a dog that is eight weeks old has five meals in a day, of which the mid-morning meal and the evening meal would be the slightly heavy meals as in the main ingredient would be meat. Meanwhile the breakfast meal and the before bedtime snack would be a lighter meals (snacks) of cereal (dry dog food) and dog biscuits.
What you give your dog to eat impacts his or her bladder and bowel motions. That’s why you need to give your dog a balanced and nutritious diet as well as the right amounts. Otherwise, your dog could end up with loose stools and diarrhea or the other extreme of constipation.
Plan the diet carefully with the help of the vet and be careful to give him a diet that has:
- Moderate grain content—because though dogs need it as source of energy, they do not need too much of it.
- Low sugar content—because sugar heightens the risk of cancer. A dog can get sugar from beets, molasses, grains or dairy products
- Low on salt—because salt disturbs the calcium and potassium balance of the dog and makes them fall sick or end up with skin irritations.
- Low on dairy products—because excess of milk and other dairy products would result in too much of lactose, which in turn means too much sugar.
- Absolutely no unhealthy treats—because it could cause anything from stomach upsets to skin diseases. And remember that chocolate is poisonous to dog.
Basically the meal should be high in protein and low in processed carbohydrate content. Try to give your dog fresh food—if not then stick to a vet approved healthy commercial pet food. Once you get the details on what is good for your dog, decide what you are going to give him or her and at what times. What you need to do is give your dog five small meals spread out every 3 to 4-hours in a day, depending on the kind of exercise he is getting.
You need to establish the timing as a matter of rule. Make your own meal schedule that compliments your lifestyle. Following is a suggested meal schedule:
- 7.30—breakfast of a puppy cereal.
- 11.30 am—a mid morning meal of meat.
- 2.30 pm—a few dog biscuits.
- 5.30 pm—a supper that is same as the mid-morning meal.
- 9.30 pm—a puppy meal soaked in gravy.
The amount of the meal would increase as the dog grows but you would be sticking to the same five meals until the dog is 6 months or 9 months old. It is then that you shift to either two meals a day or just one meal, once again depending on the breed. While very small and toy breeds become adults at six to nine months, large breeds like Great Danes need 18 to 24 months to become adults.
Whatever it is—you need to have the right diet and fix the timings. This would help fix the timings for the housetraining dog process. Remember, you need to take your dog to the elimination spot within ten minutes of the meal to empty his bladder and again 30 minutes later to empty his bowels. You also need to ensure that apart from after meal trips to the potty spot; your dog needs to go every hour.
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The 2nd step to How to house train a dog is handling your pet after the breakfast. Now that the breakfast is over you need to get him to the potty spot again. Let him do his job and after he is done, show your appreciation. You can use this time to brush him and get him ready for the day. 15 minutes is all that is needed to get a dog all spruced up.
Get him to lie down and brush gently against the hair growth. It’s a good idea to set 15 minutes everyday to groom your dog. You can choose to do it right after breakfast when he is relaxed—moreover it would set his pace for the day. Grooming also reinforces your role as the pack leader because you are manipulating his body. This, of course, will help speed up housetraining dog process!
Once you have finished with the brushing invite him to a game of ball. Do this near his crate and after a while let him go inside the crate and be with his toys. Shut the door and if he shows no sign of worrying, you can go ahead and do your chores like get a shower and some breakfast for yourself. Let the kids or another family member sit by his crate incase he does begin the whine. All little dogs want at this stage is a little company.
Once you are back from your shower, pet your dog and give him a hug but ask a family member to carry your dog to the potty place. Set him down and say ‘Potty Time’ or whatever your potty command is. Today, you will see that your dog is quite receptive and seems to understand what ‘potty time’ means. However, he can’t come on his own as yet. You need to work on that aspect today.
3-Getting to know the leash
The 3rd step to How to house train a dog is getting to know the leash. You should introduce the leash to your pet for getting ideal housetraining dog process.
You have quite a few hours to the mid-morning meal at 11.30 am, so this is the perfect time to introduce your dog to the collar and leash. Call your dog to you and invite him to a game of ball or fetch or whatever it is that he enjoyed playing yesterday.
Praise him while he is playing and slip on the collar and the leash as a reward. You’ve got to make it seem like he’s got this amazing present (the collar and the leash) for being so good! Your dog needs to see the collar and leash as something he should be proud of.
Leave the collar and leash on and let him trail it around for a while. If he seems scared, reassure him and let him have a feel of the leash and collar. Let him sniff at it and explore it a bit more. Keep him in the vicinity of the crate and let him patter around the area but do not allow him to enter the crate with a leash on for fear of it getting stuck somewhere. Generally, just let the dog get used to his new ‘gift’.
4-Walking with the leash
The 4th step to How to house train a dog is walking with leash. After you see him patter around a bit, pick up the other end of the leash and walk him to the potty spot again. This time make sure you are well ahead of the potty schedule because your dog is going to walk the walk to the elimination spot!
The idea is to begin from where his food bowl and his crate are. Do not move from the living room or the front door. Begin the first walk to the elimination spot from the dog’s space. That would orient him to the path because your dog needs to know how to get to the spot on his own. This is his first orientation to learning the mapped route and it should continue over the next few weeks.
Lead your dog on the leash. Do not allow him to lead the way. Remember, you are the alpha and you have to show the way. Walk him up to the potty spot and let him sniff along the way but do not let him dilly-dally. If you allow too much sniffing, you can rest assured that he will potty on the way. Be firm, say ‘outside’ and lead him to the spot. Once there, use the command words, ‘Potty time’. Praise him when he follows you.
Once you get there you can let him sniff again (yes—there is a lot of sniffing involved where dogs are concerned!) and don’t let go of the leash. Once he does his job, praise him and walk him out of the elimination spot and out for a little surprise walk. Please be careful to make sure it is not strenuous or away from the house because puppies can catch infections very easily and you need to wait for a while before you can venture out of the house and the yard.
Make it a short walk around the flowerbeds or a little stroll in the balcony if you live in an apartment. Let him associate a surprise walk with both the elimination spot and the leash! This way he is also getting in a little bit of exercise and working up his appetite. You are also channeling the abundant puppy energy as well! On day two—put a leash on your dog and walk him to the elimination spot so that he learns the path. Always start from where his crate is kept and walk from there in exactly the same route. The repetition is the key to the dog’s learning.
5-It’s time for the 11:30 A.M meal
The 5th step to How to house train a dog is giving him the 11:30 A.M meal. All right, now you need to walk your dog back to the potty spot. Let him sniff around. He’ll be thinking something like “Oh, I’m back here”! If he pees again, he probably will, with the excitement of the surprise walk—praise him for doing his job and begin your walk back to the crate.
Follow the same path you took when you came here and let the dog look around a little longer this time if he has emptied out the contents of his bladder! Say potty time once you reach the place—he must link the words with the spot.
Bring him back to the crate and unleash him. Make him sit and give him his meal, in the same place as you served him earlier. Dogs like predictability so don’t try to vary the pattern because the monotony is bothering you! Let him eat as much as he can in 15 or 20 minutes.
Also give him water—make sure that it is fresh and not yesterday’s supply. Leave him be for around 10 minutes. Just because he had been to the potty spot before he ate, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t need to go again—he sure does!
Now get the leash back on and begin walking your dog to the potty spot. If you are paper training, make sure you have changed the paper or the pee pads but don’t totally run over the place with a disinfectant. The dog needs to get a sniff of his own urine, to stimulate his instincts. Walk the very same way to the potty spot and let your dog do his job.
If you don’t want to be at the potty spot for too long, you can bring him back after he’s done his pee job and play with him for a while and take him out again after half and hour for a bowel movement. Alternatively you can stay in the area and walk him around until he does the poop job— he would need to because the mid-morning meal is a heavier one. He’s also got enough exercise to stimulate his bowels.
Once he’s done the big job, praise him and walk him straight back to the crate. While walking back you can ask your child or another family member to hold the leash. This is to make your dog understand that anyone in the family can bring him here. Take off the leash and hug him for a job well done. Now lead him to the crate and let him in. Put in a favorite toy, shut the door and let him rest. With all the exercise that he has had, the dog will be bound to sleep a while!
6-Points to ponder!
The 6th step to How to house train a dog is the sleeping and resting time.
Now that your dog is fast asleep, you can catch up with your chores. In fact, the moment your pup gets used to the crate and has his bladder and bowel emptied, you can comfortably crate him and proceed with the work you have to do. Make sure that whatever it is you need to do can be done in 30 to 35 minutes.
Crating a dog is not cruel and you can do so if you take care not to use the crate as time outs or punishments. You should crate your dog in periods like after a meal and a trip to the potty space and after play or training sessions—times when the dog is likely to stay by himself for a while.
Here are the acceptable time limitations for crating your dog:
- When your dog is around 9 to 10 Weeks old, he or she can stay in the crate for around 30 to 60 minutes.
- When your dog is around 11 to 14 Weeks old, he or she can be crated up to 1 to 3 hours.
- When your dog is around 15 to 16 Weeks old, he or she can be crated up to 3 to 4 hours
- When your dog is around 17 Weeks and older, you can leave him or her in for around for at least 4 hours.
These are all approximate timings and dependant on the size of the dog and his or her personality. Some dogs can get very frustrated to be caged which is why you should crate them only when they are fed, answered the calls of nature and had adequate exercise.
Never use the crate as a punishment, or at a time when you need to get your work done and the dog is not ready to enter the crate. Also never crate any dog, no matter the size, the breed or the personality for more than 5 hours at a stretch. Nor can you crate a dog for a whole day, while you go out to work. That is unfair to the dog and can mess up his mentality.
7-After the nap
The 7th step to How to house train a dog is after the nap. Once the dog stirs from his nap, speak to him reassuringly and take him out of the crate. Put the leash on and walk him to the potty spot. Take the same route and hurry him along using the command words.
Be sure to be quick to reach the potty spot to avoid accidents. Once you get there and your dog does his job, praise him and take him for a stroll. When there is stroll outside that follows the elimination act, the dog would most likely, do his job quickly in anticipation of the fact that you are taking him out to smell the flowers!
Most of us tend to do the exact opposite. Usually we take the dog out and the moment he does his job we bring him back in again. Intelligent as the dog is, he quickly figures out that if he delays the elimination act then he would get more time to spend outdoors! That’s why you need to attach a reward like a stroll outdoors to look at the great outdoors or a favorite game that the dog looks forward after the elimination act. This would urge him to do his job quickly and head off for his reward.
8-Initiate the training
The 8th step to How to house train a dog is initiating the training. The first day was special indeed—a day for the dog to find his moorings and get used to the people and new environment. Day two is when he is introduced to the collar and leash and initiated into the training.
A good time to train him is right now, after his nap, after the potty and after the reward stroll. In fact you can club it in with the stroll. You have him on the leash already and you have him in the yard. It’s also a good time because he can be given some doggie treats as he is between meals and you can’t initiate training without a doggie treat!
So begin with simple commands like sit, stay and come. These three are the basic commands and once your dog gets a hang of these, he would be all set to understand what you want from him.
Teaching your dog to sit:
- Hold a reward over you dog’s head and make sure that he can see it.
- Once you see that he has his eyes on it, command him firmly to ‘sit’, push your dog down gently into the sitting position.
- If he sits down, give him the reward but if he jumps up and tries to grab the snack say ‘no’.
- Repeat the command ‘sit’, and push him into the sitting position.
- Give him the snack only if he sits and praise him a lot.
Make it fun and repeat the sit command all over again. Don’t begin teaching another command right away. He is small and it might get confusing to him. Now that you’ve practiced the sit command, you can repeat it during meal times, or at times when he comes up to you for a cuddle.
Command him to sit and once he does so—pick him up and hug him. He will learn that to ‘sit’ is a desirable action with desirable outcomes and he will most likely do it again.
9-Time to come in
The 9th step to How to house train a dog is bringing your dog in via the potty place because he would need to go after the excitement of the training session. You can alternatively give him a drink and then take him to the potty place also. What you can do is time the potty trips on an hourly basis.
Once he is done, walk him back the same way, take off his leash and lead him into the crate. He will begin to associate the crate as a place of rest after fun activity and that’s a good thing. Now you can let him sit a while in his crate until his 2.30 snack—meanwhile you can get yourself very well deserved snack and catch up with your work a bit.
If he doesn’t seem to want to be in the crate and you are sure that his little bladder cannot create any accidents, command him to sit as you sit for your lunch or whatever it is you are doing. Once he sits, praise him and give him a rubber bone to play with. But do not let him out of his area and have a free run of the house.
10-The 2:30 snack
The 10th step to How to house train a dog is making sure that you give him the same snack as yesterday, in the same place and the same time. Once he is done, repeat the trip to the potty place. Lead him but see if he follows you as a sign that he knows the way. Let the leash on a little slack and see if your puppy ambles the way he went in the morning.
If he tries to deviate, sniff or squat, pick him up and quickly deposit him on the potty spot. Your duty is to reduce the number of accidents in the house, as it would embolden the puppy to eliminate in the house. Praise him for doing his job and bring him in to the crate. Let him rest for a while until you feel you have let enough time for the food to settle. Never exercise a dog right after he has eaten.
11-Practice the training
The 11th step to How to house train a dog is practicing the training. Once an hour is up—take him to the elimination spot again. Take him for another walk because evening is nearing and you must make sure that your dog is tired out if you want a goodnight’s sleep for him and you! Practice the training command once he’s done with his exploration of the bushes and plants.
Never allow him to pee during the ‘reward’ walks. He should have eliminated before the walk. Practice the ‘sit’ command and make it as enjoyable as a game of ball. Then switch to the ball or a game of fetch.
Bring him indoors but again via the potty spot. Take his leash off and let him sit near the crate but don’t put him inside—after all he has to sleep in it all night. Let him hang around with his new pack.
You can either leave him with a couple of toys or have your kids roll him the ball and generally engage him in some more activity. Give him a drink of water because you will have to stop his water intake at 6 pm. Remember to take the puppy out to the elimination spot after an hour, as this would minimize the chances for accidents.
The 12th step to How to house train a dog is serving him his supper at 5.30 pm and this time let him sit for it! Command him to sit by holding up a piece of his meal. He’s practiced the command and you can test his response periodically by blending in the commands with the normal pace of life.
Command him to sit and push his little bottom down. If he sits on his own, praise him and praise yourself too! Once he is sitting, give him the bowl and let him eat. Never give him his food if he is jumping around. Say ‘no’ to the jumping and insist that he sit calmly for his food.
Remember to stop the water after 6 pm. Once he eats let him sit for a while and then put the leash on again after 10 minutes. Walk him to the elimination area and have him do his job. Don’t take him for a walk outside again, because he has just had his meal.
Besides, you don’t want him to demand a walk from you every hour that he visits the potty area. Keep the walk for the late evening say just before his evening snack at 9.30 am. You will need to take him to the potty place after 30 minutes for a bowel movement.
13-Schedule to walks
The 13th step to How to house train a dog is establishing schedule to walks. As you wait for the 30 minutes, take a breather to plan out walks. Now that you have used day two to get him used to the leash and the walks, you need to schedule the walk times. You would need to walk your dog in the morning— because it’s a good time to get some fresh air as well as bond with your pup.
You can do this before the 7.30 meal. You can take another walk after your dog wakes up from his nap, which he is most likely to do after he’s finished his poop job after his 11.30 am meal. So you can put that walk down as before the 2.30pm snack. Then you can take him for a walk at 8 pm, before the evening meal.
In between you can schedule three training sessions—one before the 11.30 meal, one before the 2.30 meal and another session before the 5.30 meal. That would give you three sessions of training practice instead of one long session that would have bored the dog out.
Write all this down because day three would mean that you put the walk schedule and training sessions into the dog’s timetable. 30 minutes is up—so you better get your dog to the potty spot and get done with poop job! When you get back, do not crate him. Sit him down with you as you finish your meal and keep him busy with a toy. Setting schedule to walks will help you on the housetraining dog process.
14-Walk at 8 P.M
The 14th step to How to house train a dog is taking your dog to the potty place once an hour is up and this time weave in the 8 pm walk. Make sure he is tired enough to eat up his evening snack at 9.30. Take him to the elimination spot and once he is done, lead him to the crate. He has not been in his den since 3 pm and he would be dying to crawl in and rest.
The walks, the training practice and the ball games would have tired him out. Let him sleep and take the crate in to your room. Did your dog seem to want to go once in the middle of the night yesterday? If so, then set the alarm at the time you took him out or if you think he can make it through the night set the alarm for early morning.
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