How to housebreak a dog fast
How to housebreak a dog fast? To know the answer of this question, we before mention the 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, and 4th day of housetraining dog in previous articles, and now we will discuss the 5th day housetraining dog.
Lessons of day five of housetraining dog
- The crate is a good thing as long as it is used correctly and it should never be over used.
- The dog needs to be confined only at times when he cannot be under supervision and he is always in a rested mood i.e., fed, cleared of bladder and bowel contents and adequately socialized before being put in the crate.
- Being the alpha is crucial to housetraining dog process—you cannot expect a dog that does not respect you to obey you—so be the alpha always.
The 5th day housetraining dog
In 5th day housetraining dog, Get up early and check on your dog—Did your dog wake you up in the middle of the night or did you wake up and find him moving about in the crate or did he sleep right through the night? The bottom line is he has had no accident in the crate—he is learning to control his bladder and that’s a good thing.
If you get up in the middle of the night and find that your dog is awake—you should take him to the potty spot. The reason the dog is not sleeping could be because of a full bladder. Whatever it is—try to avoid an accident from happening.
1-Knowing the elimination signs
The first step to How to housebreak a dog fast is knowing the elimination signs. As you take your dog out of the crate and to the elimination spot, think of the obvious signs that let you know that your dog has to go. Apart from the hourly trips, knowing these signs would help you to scoop up your puppy and take him to the potty area.
The usual signs that a dog has to go are:
- The dog puts his nose down to sniff—not in an exploring kind of way but more like a grazing kind of way.
- The dog would begin to look very restless and distracted when you are trying to get his or her attention.
- Sometimes the dog starts barking and yelping and even running around from one end to another.
- The dog might just drop whatever he or she is doing and squat.
- Some dogs are seen to walk towards and hang around the door or the area that leads to the potty spot.
Try and pinpoint the actions that indicate that the dog has to go. Also use Day five of housetraining dog process to keep taking him on the leash to the potty spot every hour and see if he remembers the way. If you are adequately comfortable that no accidents are going to happen, leave your dog off the leash and let him walk to the potty spot under your supervision.
2-Continue with the program
The 2nd step to How to housebreak a dog fast is continuing with the program. Start the day with the morning walk—it will help everything fall in perspective and it will give your dog a jump start too. Dogs are basically outdoor creatures.
However domesticated they are they love fresh air, getting their paws in mud and walking through the grass. If you do the things they enjoy, they would appreciate you for it and be more responsive. Back from the walk, lead the dog to the potty spot, back to his designated area in the house and give him a drink of water. Be sure you change the water every day.
Get the breakfast ready for yourself and the dog. By the way, you can eat first there is nothing wrong with the alpha eating first. But remember to ask your dog to sit before you put his plate down. The idea is to practice the commands as part of the daily activities of living.
Take him out again to the potty spot after the meal and once you are sure he has done his job, just let him chill out in the crate, while you get yourself ready. Leave the radio on for your dog—the voices might be soothing to him or her.
3-Crating is not cruel
The 3rd step to How to housebreak a dog fast is using the crate. For people who tell you that crating is cruel—tell them that you would rather have a housetrained pet. When used correctly, the crate is the quickest and the least harmless way to teach your dog how to adjust to the life as a human companion.
Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of using a crate:
- Always take off the leash and the collars before you crate your dog as it may snag and choke your pup. Opt for a safety “break away” collar if you want your dog to have an identification tag all the time.
- Never crate a dog when the weather is too hot, especially dogs like Pugs and Bulldogs and other short-muzzled breed as well as thick- coated breeds like Siberian Huskies and Malamutes.
- Always make sure that your dog has cleared out his bladder and bowels before you crate him as well as having spent enough time with you. This ensures he would be in a rested mood before being crated.
- Never give your dog a crate that is so big that he can use a corner of it as a private potty area—give him enough room to turn around and that’s it.
- Always crate the dog after he or she has had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with you, engage in some play or exercise and generally hang around you. Well-socialized dogs are balanced enough to want quiet time in the crate whereas the dogs that are starved of human company will yap away and fell very isolated when crated.
- Never crate your dog if he or she is sick with temperature and vomiting or unwell with diarrhea that can be caused by anything ranging from worms, colitis, and change of food or bad diet to stress and anxiety.
- Always encourage your dog to see the crate as his private den rather than a jail to prevent accidents. The crate should be a place of rest and peace for your dog.
- Never use the crate for punishments—there should be no negative connotations associated with the crate.
The whole premise of using the crate in the process of housetraining is to get the dog to see the crate as his den. And because dogs are clean creatures that never mess up the place where they sleep, they use the crate as a place of rest.
However, you still take precaution to have your dog visit the elimination spot before he or she is crated. This is to reduce the chances of accidents in the crate. If the dog still eliminates in the crate then the reasons could be more serious.
These reasons could range from the fact that:
- The dog is much too young, i.e. less than 8 weeks, to have control and should not be crated in the first place.
- The dog’s diet is not balanced and is either too rich or you are feeding him way too much, which is why the stools are loose and frequent or the dog is gaseous and constipated.
- The dog might have worms and needs to be on a deworming program.
- The dog might have a genetic health disorder like a bladder infection or a problem with the prostrate gland.
The basis of crate training is to offer the dog a space of his own. It is used as the preventive part of housetraining. It is preventive in that until a dog is totally housetrained he is kept in his den, which he will not attempt to mess up. In the process you prevent accidents in the house and help him to learn how to control his bladder.
To make the use of the crate in housetraining dog more effective you must:
- See to it that the dog has eliminated before being crated
- Not given too much water to drink before being crated
- See to it that the dog is not crated for more than the accepted time according to his age and breed.
The crate is also a means by which you can control other behavior like, chewing, and destroyed furniture, books and shoes etc. You can’t always police your dog—after all you need to shower and attend to other things too—so until your dog is fully housetrained, you crate him for some time until the day arrives when he would be totally unsupervised! The idea behind the crate is to prevent the undesirable behavior from happening.
4-Continue as scheduled
The 4th step to How to housebreak a dog fast is continuing as scheduled. We left your dog crated after his breakfast and walk and now it’s time to get on with his grooming. Grooming is a very important part of your dog’s life with you. It not only keeps him neat, clean and healthy, it shows him that you as his alpha care about his body and well-being.
Grooming is also a very important part of housetraining dog process in that you can check the anal glands of the dog that sometimes get impacted and lead to a foul stench. These blocked anal glands are also the reason why your dog might be scooting on his behind and rubbing his posterior on grass etc. Make sure that grooming is part of the daily schedule, even if it is just for 15 minutes.
Once the grooming is done, move over to the training ground. If you usually train him outside, why not take the leash off today? Remember though that to take your leash off the dog, you have to have enough confidence that your dog will listen to your commands and that your yard is fenced! If you are absolutely sure that your dog will listen, unleash him for a while and let him have a free run of the yard. Or you can do it later as part of the reward for having obeyed all your commands.
Practice all the commands you have taught him so far and praise your dog a lot when he listens. Do not keep repeating the command. Look him in the eye like an alpha and say the command clearly and firmly. If he detects any indecision and lack of leadership in your voice, you can be sure that your dog would try and dominate you!
Once the session is over, give him along cool drink of fresh water and bring him inside via the potty spot. Praise him again for doing his job and bring him to his area. Let him wait for a while until the 11.30 am meal is ready.
Remember to call him and have him sit before you place the food. No demanding is allowed and no free feeding either—you must give him 15 to 20 minutes and then take the bowl away. Have him empty his bladder and bowels and allow him a nap in the crate.
5-Afternoon on day five
The 5th step to How to housebreak a dog fast is working towards preventing accidents, as in taking the dog out every hour as well as after every meal and nap, there is no way that you can have any puddles and poop dumps in your house.
Finally, the dog will always know that he has to go ‘outside’ and then its ‘potty time’—because the alpha always says potty time in that particular spot. He knows that outside is not the house and that potty time is the act of elimination.
After the nap, take the dog straight to the elimination spot and allow him his reward walk. Once you’re back home you will have a rejuvenated dog, after the beauty nap and the fresh walk. Find ways to channel his energy by either playing a game or beginning training with a new exercise or work his mind with a fetch and find game before you give him the 2.30 pm snack.
You have to work him out— that’s the key to a well-balanced pet. Tire him out with a run in the garden where he can chase you or you can chase him—but always remember to try and win because the alpha always wins! Make sure he gets his snack, a trip to the elimination area and quiet time afterwards.
The 6th step to How to housebreak a dog fast is working is keeping the hourly potty schedule and feed the dog his 5.30 meal. Take him out again and stop the water after 6.pm. It’s family time now—it’s probably your dog’s favorite time when he can have the whole pack together.
Spend time being with him and extend it into the 8 pm walk. He would be tired by the time he has his 9.30 snack and after his visit from the elimination spot, he must be craving for his crate. Let him rest and depending on how he held on to his bladder, set the alarm. If you feel he needs to go at midnight, take him out. But don’t forget to get up early.
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