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How to Housebreak a Dog

Housebreaking can be a difficult task, particularly if you are not sure how to go about doing. Yet, it is a necessary evil unless you want to clean up after your pet as it makes messes all over the inside of your home. Fortunately, there are many simple steps you can follow to make the process much easier.

Make a Schedule for Potty Training


When it comes to housebreaking your pet, you need to make a regular schedule and stick to it. Part of the schedule should include taking your dog outside in the morning, 20 to 30 minutes after eating and strenuous activity, and right before going to bed.


When you take your dog outside, get into the habit of saying a phrase such as “Go potty.” This will help your dog associate the phrase with the act, which will help it understand later when you ask it if it needs to use the restroom. After your dog does successfully manage to use the restroom, be sure to praise it and provide it with plenty of affection for a job well done.


The only way your schedule will be successful is if you stick to it even when you don’t feel like it. It is also a good idea to establish a regular feeding schedule to help regulate your pet’s digestive system. This way, going outside to use the bathroom can easily be accomplished at the same time every day. Be sure to keep your pet’s diet consistent, as well, because giving it different amounts of food each time will change the way its digestive system reacts.


In addition, you should never keep water out at all times for your pet while you are potty training. Be sure your dog gets plenty of water about four hours before bedtime and then put the water away. If your dog really seems to want water after this time, allow it to have some ice cubes. After your training has been successful, you can return to leaving the water out all night.

A Watchful Eye


Keep in mind that your dog may sometimes need to use the bathroom at times that are not on your schedule. Watch your pet and look for signs of needing to use the restroom, such as sniffing for a place to go. If you do notice this type of behavior, take your pet outside and let him use the restroom. If he has an accident, take him outside right away and encourage him to continue outside. Be sure to praise him when he does go.

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