Thursday, February 28, 2008

How to Housebreak Your Puppy in 15 Minutes Using the 5 Minute Rule

I brought my puppy to the vet the other day and saw this in the office. It's another method for housebreaking your puppy. It's similar to the one I wrote last month, but has a few different tips on keeping to a housebreaking schedule:

1. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning for 5 minutes. (Be consistent, try to do this at the same time everyday.)

2. Bring the puppy back inside and feed him/her whatever he can eat in 5 minutes.

3. Take the food away and bring the puppy back outside for another 5 minutes.

4. Reward and praise your puppy for urinating or defecating outside.

5. Repeat this again in the afternoon and evening.

This method is a proven and recommended way to housetrain your pet. If you catch your puppy in the act of urinating in the house, you should immediately say NO in a loud voice, make a loud noise, or give the pet a quick squirt from a water bottle and take the dog outside immediately.

Your puppy will associate the negative reinforcement with urinating or defecating in the house. Any negative reaction after the accident has occurred will do no good to prevent future accidents. You have to catch your pet in the act of having an accident.

Rubbing your dog's nose in his/her accident or hitting the puppy is strongly discouraged. It may cause your pet to fear you. Stay positive and your pet will be housetrained in no time.


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  2. 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 the full Dog Training course at:

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