Tips for Housetraining Old, Young, and Large Breed Dogs
Submitted On 2007-12-18

For years, “housetraining” has been a term associated with dogs. A housetrained dog is a dog that can be trusted to do its business in the spot you choose for him whether it’s outside the house or indoors. A dog that is not housetrained can give its owner a lot of problems. If you are trying to housetrain your dog, keep in mind the following tips:

1. Take note of the food your dog consumes on a daily basis. If you are feeding your dog food that is high in sugar or fiber, you are asking for trouble. Be aware the foods high in sugar won’t give your dog the proper nutrition it needs. In addition, high sugary foods are slow to digest and produce high volumes of defecation. Because high sugary foods are more waste than nutrition, it goes without saying that your dog’s system is going to try to get rid of the waste. Also limit the treats you give to your dog as they are often the cause for “accidents” inside the house. Ask a veterinarian for dog food that has proper nutrition.

2. Put your dog on a feeding and watering schedule and stick to it. As soon as you wake up, take your dog outside so it can do its business and then bring your dog back inside the house for feeding and watering. Leave your dog’s food down for 20 to 30 minutes. Give your dog small amounts of water to drink. Remember that when dogs are stressed or bored, they tend to drink. If you leave plenty of water in the house for your dog, the more likely that “accidents” will happen.

3. Once you have your dog eating and drinking on a strict schedule, you’ll be able to teach your dog to make scheduled bathroom visits. Most dogs need to visit the bathroom 15 to 30 minutes after they have eaten or drunk water. Train your dog to go on schedule.

4. If your dog is acting all excited when you get home or during one of your training sessions, your dog may need to go to the bathroom. Ask your dog if it needs to go out. Your dog will react in some way – a bark or a quiet look. Praise your dog first and then take it out on a leash, taking care to walk it through the same door, down the same path and to the same designated spot.

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