Housebreaking dogs today requires a new approach.
Housebreaking your dog, when your not home.
Housebreaking a dog in today’s family, requires a slightly different approach than thirty years ago. When we used to housebreak a puppy, it was easy as pie. Our puppy went in his crate, we let him out every couple of hours to relieve himself and there was harmony in our world. Then as the economy changed and everything started getting more expensive, the day of the single income family became extinct. And the rise of the two income family became the norm.
Along with the evolution of the two income households, was the first hints of trouble on the puppy housebreaking front. No longer was there someone home during the day to take care of the housebreaking chores. Now it was left up to the puppy himself, to try and figure out. Unfortunately even if he was the Einstein of puppies, intellectually wise. He still had the bladder control of drunken sailor on shore leave.
Hell has no furry like a scorned puppy owner. That’s to say, we weren’t to impressed with puppy juniors abstract art form of browns and yellows, reminiscent in style to a child’s finger painting art.
Housebreaking your puppy in our world today.
Puppy housebreaking supplies you will need.
- Dog crate, if choosing to housebreak using a dog crate. Buy a crate that your dog will comfortably fit in when he is an adult. As an adult dog, the dog crate must be large enough to allow him to stretch out his legs while sleeping on his side without his legs being all scrunched up. The dog crate can also be a useful deterrent for destructive behaviors. It doesn’t allow your puppy or dog the opportunity to chew stuff up, while your not at home.
- Exercise or puppy pen, this is my preferred method. Probably because when I housebreak puppies, I’m housebreaking eight or ten puppies at a time. Even know you will only be housebreaking one puppy, If you have the space for a puppy pen it’s just nicer for your little guy. This way when your at work all day he will have ample room to play and exercise.
- Lots of newspapers or puppy pads. Newspapers are preferred for two reasons, 1; The unsold newspapers you can get for free, from any store. 2 ; Because some puppies love chewing up the puppy pads, I don’t really recommend them. But the choice is yours.
- Paper towels, 12 or 15 pack roll they go fast. Use an enzyme cleaner if your puppy will be going back into his area relatively quickly after cleaning. Otherwise clean his area with bleach.
- If your floor is wood, tile, or carpet buy a 6’x9′ piece of linoleum flooring to go under your dog crate or puppy pen. Liquids routinely slop out of crate trays, so don’t think your floor is safe.
Whether your choice is a crate or a puppy pen, you line the entire flooring of your puppies area with newspapers. Must be a minimum of five or six sheets of newspaper thick, this guarantee’s total absorption of the urine. And makes it much easier for us to clean, if the urine never actually reaches the flooring.
Your puppy housebreaking efforts are going to take awhile. Most puppies don’t become reliably housebroken until their about eighteen months of age, give or take a month or two. Reliable means your puppy will be able to hold it, for eight to ten hours.
As your puppy reaches the age of four or five months, you can start removing small sections of newspapers and see if he continues to “hit” the remaining newspapers. Do not be in such a rush to make his “paper” area smaller. You want to firmly establish, his “habit” of going to the bathroom on the papers.
The Spirit Dog
P.S. Their are numerous housebreaking ads on the Internet that claim to be able to housebreak your puppy in 7 days. That’s the equivalent of a baby potty training ad that says, potty train your baby in 4 weeks. It’s just not gonna happen, so save your money.
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