How to housebreak your puppy (Encore)

Lucky DogsThe most important thing you can do, so you just don’t go Beach NUTS , while housebreaking your puppy is; Give him plenty of space. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. I know, all the books by all the dog trainers tell you, Because of the denning instinct of the animals, your puppy will not relieve himself in his crate. ( Do your best valley girl for this one) I’m So Sure…The plain and obvious truth is, a puppy has to go to the bathroom every two, three or four hours. So, unless your there to take that little guy out..A LOT, he’s gonna go in his crate. And that’s going to drive you crazy, because all these experts tell you. He’s not suppose to do that.

If these people wrote potty training books, I guess their knowledgeable and insightful advice would be, “Tie your three month old babies ankles together, then gently hang him from a hook. After he pee’s and poops on himself a couple times. He will learn to hold it. We professionals call this aversion therapy. Then we can start teaching him, the wanted behavior by sticking his butt on the throne.”

Over the years, Dog Trainers and Behaviorist’s. Have taken, the relatively simple task of housebreaking. And turned it into this monumental hurdle. That along with piss poor advice. Just about guaranties the new puppy owners failure, and most likely the death of that dog.

If you have a specific question about anything, email or post me.

As Always; Licks & Kisses The Spirit Dog

***(note)*** This is one of my first post’s. I changed quickly to be less critical of the standard dog training advice to focus more on teaching you about the stuff that all dogs are born with. Although I can see myself snapping in the near future and writing a scathing post on some of the topics I have already covered. It should be entertaining….

Additional Information

Puppy housebreaking “How long does it take”

Housebreaking puppy training, The new logical approach

Dog housebreaking, housebreaking today’s rules



7 Responses

  1. I’m not exactly sure what your trying to say here… If you have a dog that for some reason you are no longer physically able to walk outside. Because of some unfortunate health issues you may be going through, than you have my deepest sympathies.

    Even though it’s very difficult to get any dog over the age of one adopted, have you at least tried it.

    Again my sympathies.

    Alan Papszycki
    ( The Spirit Dog)

  2. This advice is all well and good but what about the people who are waiting for their dogs final injections so i cant take him outside so what am i ment to do?

  3. Green eggs and spam

  4. Housebreaking your dog is seemingly the first test of your patience as a dog owner.

    Perhaps you’re experiencing the following scenario:

    You take him outside multiple times a day and every time, he refuses to make. You assume he just doesn’t have to go, so you bring him back inside and moments later he soils the rug.


    You take him outside and he goes, you praise him with “Good boy” and after bringing him back in, moments later he goes again.

    It’s a frustrating cycle not only for you, but for your dog as well. You just can’t seem to make him understand what he’s supposed to do.

    Your dog simply doesn’t understand the rules yet. That’s why it’s important to take your dog outside to make at scheduled times of the day.

    It will take approximately 14 consecutive days of going outside, watching your dog make and praising him for it before he starts to get it.

    During that period, every accident that happens in the house is counted as negative two days. Remember, you’ll want 14 consecutive days of proper housebroken behavior before you can relax a bit.

    After he goes outside, you’ll want to supervise him closely for the next ten minutes he is inside the house. At the first sign of going the the bathroom, take him outside.

    If he does have an accident, only use the “No” command if you catch him in the act. Otherwise, it’s useless and will only confuse your dog.

    The amount of time that you should take your dog outside to make will vary depending on the breed, size and type of puppy.

    It’s generally recommended that you take your dog out every 2-3 hours during the day for the first three weeks. Obviously you won’t be taking your puppy out every 2-3 hours at night before bed. So use the following strategy.

    Take away your dog’s water bowl two hours before bed. During that window of time, walk your dog at least twice. If accidents occur in the middle of the night, you may need to get up once in the night to walk your puppy.

    As your dog gets older, his bladder size will increase and the nightly accidents will disappear.

    After the first month, begin to space out the amount of time you take your dog outside to make. You’ll want to do this until your dog only needs to go out only 3-4 times a day.

    In summary, the trick to all of this is using the follwing tactics.

    Set a schedule to take your dog outside
    Praise your dog with the “Good boy” command when he makes
    In case of an accident, only use the “No” command if you catch your dog in the act
    Take away your dog’s water two hours before bedtime
    Walk your puppy twice before bed
    Always supervise your dog when he is inside AFTER making outside

    For the Step-by-Step method of housebreaking your dog within just a few weeks, you’ll want to check out:

  5. Hi Teagen, this is Coop’s , I’m the one in the picture. I don’t know where that spirit dog guy is, I think he’s mowing hay or something. Anyway, isn’t that the best when your mum can be with you all day. She must really love you.

    Well I gotta go, I see some new toys out there.

    Bye Teagan

  6. Hi Spirit Dog, Just wanted to say that I’ve got a stay at home mum and its just great – she’s been with me since I was 6 & a bit weeks old. I’ve only had the odd accident when I got caught short, or if I just forgot myself when I’ve had visitors, but have always gone through the night okay. Good job it’s summer or I don’t think I’d have had the 3am trips outdoors! She thinks your blog is great and has read most of your posts… so I’m going to grow up to be a perfect pooch, well, an even more perfect pooch because I’m perfect already!! Love & woofs to all your doggies, Teagan x x (English Cocker Spaniel)

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