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How to house train your puppy

Learn how to house train your puppy in just a few weeks. Find out exactly when to take puppies out and the signs to watch for (see above picture).

Training your dog to go outside is going to take some time and you’ll be cleaning up some messes, so be prepared but enjoy once your puppy is house trained!

House train your puppy when he has to go

  1. First you need to know when to take your puppy out to do his business. The main times to take puppies out are after eating, playing or running around. Also after he has been chewing on a bone or toy, and of course right after he wakes up, even from a tiny nap.
    As your puppy gets older, you’ll be able to lessen the number of trips outdoors and your dog will learn to hold it or let you know if there is a need to be filled.
  2. Second important house training technique is to keep outside playing to a minimum while you are house training your puppy. You can use going out as a reward for going potty.
  3. Third step is to learn your puppy some human language. After you have taken your puppy out to go potty and he’s walking around start saying "go potty" of whatever word you would like to use.

Then when he does start going potty make sure while he’s going potty you say "go potty" or whatever your choice of words are, so that he knows "go potty" means pee or poop.

Eventually your puppy will go potty on command so you don’t have to stand outside waiting forever 🙂

As with any dog obedience training: Be consistent and persistent. Right from the start, you need to make sure you teach your puppy the rules. One rule is not to do his business in the house. Obviously, your new puppy won’t really get this at first, so you’ll need to be very persistent to reach your goal of having a housebroken puppy.

House training your puppy in enclosed spaces

If you want to avoid having to clean your entire house, keep your puppy contained to one place. You will have less to clean up if you keep your puppy in one area of the house.

In fact, one form of puppy training involves using a crate to keep the dog contained. The crate can be placed anywhere in the home.

If you decide not to use a crate, though, you can still put the puppy in a specific room, particularly at night. Laundry rooms often work well for this since they are easy to clean and warm. Your puppy will also feel more comfortable in a smaller space at the beginning.

Things to avoid when house training your puppy

If you don’t see it, don’t punish it. Imagine walking into the room and finding a puddle or a nice little pile of doggy poo waiting for you. This is NOT the time to express your displeasure with your puppy. He won’t understand since the act has been done and he doesn’t know what you’re upset about.

The only time you should penalty your puppy for making a mess indoors (and by penalty, I mean scolding and perhaps shutting up in his box) is when you actually see it happen. Act immediately, or the entire thing will have vanished from the puppy’s mind and you won’t be doing any good at all.

Do not put food near your puppy at night. By making sure that your puppy isn’t eating at night, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle. You can remove food and water a couple of hours before bedtime and take the puppy out for a walk before turning in for the night. This will work to prevent too many bathroom trips during the night.

Good luck with house training your puppy!

House training your puppy requires patience and consistency, much like toilet training a toddler does. The end result is having your dog enjoying life as a house pet and willing to let you know when he or she needs to go outside.

As long as you are consistent and patient with your puppy, you’ll find that he is eager to please and will do his best to learn bathroom rules quickly.

Dogs really do want to make their humans happy and if heading outside when nature calls is what makes you happy, then you can bet that’s what your puppy will try to do.

7 famous celebrities that own one or more cavalier king Charles spaniels from Ronald Reagan to Amanda Bynes.

Actress Kristin Davis once rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy which she named after another famous actress: Elizabeth Taylor. Her puppy grew up to become a mother of 3 new puppies, one of which Kristin is holding in the picture below:

cavalier king charles spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy from Kristin Davis
(picture taken November 2007)

Ronald and Nancy Reagan took their dog Rex with them when he took office in the White House:

Rex: a cavalier king charles spaniel owned by the Reagans

The dog that appeared on the cover of Hollywood Dog once in 2006 with Ghost Whisperer actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was of course her own pup with the all but original name of Charlie:

Jennifer love hewitts carrying her pup Charlie

Friends start Courteney Cox owns 2 of them, named Hopper and Hardy:

Hopper and Hardy, dogs of Courteney Cox

Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher walks her 2 spaniels Klaus and Pip:

Teri Hatcher walks her 2 dogs Klaus and Pip

Mischa Barton also owns 2 dogs, Charlie and her ruby cavalier Ziggy:

Mischa Barton walking her 2 cavaliers Charlie and Ziggy

Just some piece of advice: be original when giving your dog a name, as you don’t want it to become yet another Charlie like Amanda Bynes called her pooch:

Amanda Bynes carrying her cavalier king spaniel dog Charlie

Dog House Training

dog house training

Master the easy and effective way of dog house training: enjoying a clean house with a happy dog and a happy owner. Dogs love to do their business outside the house, so all you have is to teach them "a trick" how they can get out of the house to do their business. Dogs love to learn tricks, so here goes.

Fun and easy steps to house training a dog

If you don’t ant your dog scratching your door each time he wants to go out, try to train him to ring a bel for example. Some owners teach their dog to bark when they want to go out, but I strongly advice against that: suppose your dog is barking because he hears a burglar and your spontaneous reaction is opening the door… You see what I am getting at.

  • Get yourself a bell that’s easy to ring butt strong enough to withstand your dogs paws. Hang the bel on the door knob at your dog’s nose level. You can DIY or buy a dog door bel in your local pet shop:
    House training a dog 
    House training a dog with a dog door bell
  • Every time you need to take your dog out to potty, make sure he hits the bell first before you open the door (or you help the bell hitting the dog…). This will train your dog that the sound of the bell is related to the door opening.
  • Now put your dog’s favorite treat on the bel. Of course your dog will go for it and ring the bell. So you open the door. Now your dog learns that when he rings the bell, you will come and open the door for him (the dog
    training the master so to speak…)
  • Keep on repeating the 2 previous steps until one day your dog rings the bell all by himself. Now make sure you are around, ask your dog if he wants to go out, and when your dog rings the bell again: open the door for him and be sure you just house trained your dog!

Extra accessories when house training a dog

When you are house training a dog, make sure you use a timer, treats and pee pads:

  • time the amount of training you are giving your dog. After one hour, your dog is literary dog-tired butt he will never show it to you. So time your training sessions and always end on a positive note.
  • food dog treats are the most effective to reward your dog, but don’t exaggerate: use commands like "good boy" or a caress to reward your dog as well. Obese dogs aren’t happy dogs so go easy on dog treats.
  • pee pads absorb a dog’s urine very well, so are very useful when you just start to potty train your dog. You rather have your dog using the pee pad than using your carpet when it isn’t house trained yet.

How to punish when house training a dog?

Dogs love positive attention much more than they hate negative attention. Because even negative attention is better than no attention at all and above all, dogs love to play around.

Physical punishments aren’t an efficient training method: your dog will get confused that one time your hand caresses him and the other time your hand punishes him. When your training is not successful, it is mostly you doing something wrong rather than your pet doing something wrong. The best way to show your discontent is a "firm No!".

Totally ignore the dog if he doesn’t obey any of your commands. Do not even look his way as the most severe punishment for not obeying your commands. Dogs thrive on attention and when you ignore your dog, he wont get any attention. If you practice this continually, your dog will eventually make the connection.

Maybe what you are asking is "too complicated" for the dog, so be patient and go over all the steps again that you want your dog to do. Quickly rewarding your pet for each desired behavior is much more effective than punishing the dog over and over again. Your dog will understand fast that something is wrong, butt you need to train him an alternative that is right or your dog will have no choice butt repeating the wrong behavior.

Never let a puppy do something you wouldn’t like a grown up dog to do! Because one day your puppy will grow up as well and not at all understand that why the behavior he had when being a puppy is suddenly wrong behavior. Nothing worse than confusing a dog when training them: always be clear and persistent in what you want and reward your dog when he achieves what you want him to achieve.

If your dog still doesn’t learn to go out when he needs to go potty, then you need to make sure he uses the pee pad each and every time. Once he starts using a pee pad on his own, you need to slowly butt surely introduce it outside the house. Sooner or later your dog will get the hint that he has to pee outside, so all in all: house training a dog boils down to:

  • breaking things down in clear and easy steps
  • being patient and explaining your dog over and over again
  • and worse case scenario when your dog doesn’t seem to get it: accommodating to what your dog does and building on that to reach the desired behavior.

What is so great about this bell-house training a dog? You can bring the bell with you and your dog to any place other than your house. As soon as your dog needs to go potty, he will ring the bell and you know what to do. This way of house training a dog is great when you have an older dog that needs to potty more often and knows how to tell you in advance.

House Training a Dog

house training a dog

Enjoy a house free of dog urine! House training a dog work well when you follow our 3 basic tips.

We have been there done that: got a new puppy or dog that wasn’t trained and wanting to do their business in the house. We asked our dog breeder what we had to do and he gave us the following 3 housebreaking tips that work all the time:

3 tips to house train your dog

1 Take your dog out a lot

In the early stages, before your pet has established any kind of bad dog routines, do take your new puppy outside as much as possible.

Let your dog play around outside and let him get used to naturally do his business there, as and when he needs to.

Don’t underestimate this step: if a dog has never done it outdoors, he might get nervous or shy when you insist he does his business outside.

2 Listen to your dog

Dogs are clean animals and by instinct they know it’s a good idea to keep their toilet away from where they live or play. Do be alert when:

  • your puppy starts looking for corners, under sofas, behind chairs or goes in cupboards when they need to go.
  • they start scratch with the intent "to dig a hole to go in".

Watch out for these signs, because they mean your pup is about to make a mess!

As in step one, immediately take your dog outside once you notice any signs that refer to toilet business, so your pup will get the idea: "when I need to go, my master will take me out".

Eventually your pup will adjust and start going or scratching at the door to let you know what’s up. You are now halfway there!

3 Tell your dog off, but not too much

We all have to go to this: your puppy has done his business inside the house. Both you and the puppy are in fault, so adjust as good as possibe:

  • take your puppy over to where he went,
  • point out to the mess and say a firm "No" and
  • take him outside.

I can hear you thinking, "but he just did his business, why taking him outside"? Because your dog needs to associate that the "No" means "don’t make a mess inside, outside is the way to go".

Consistency is key. You’re building a pattern of association, and hopefully he’ll remember that next time. Dogs don’t want to get punished so sooner or later he will get the idea that outside there aren’t bad consequences.

It’s important that you don’t tell him off too much, or he might associate he is not allowed to do his business at all. Which will end up in your pup hiding his mess somehwere around the house. That’s when you get those mysterious unpleasant smells which you just can’t pinpoint where they come from. Observer your puppy well and you will learn what the problem is.

House training a dog boils down to observe your dog, take him out and be persistent until your dogs gets the routine. Some stubborn dogs will take longer than others, but when you do your part of the work, your pup will end up doing his thing outside.

Always remember: you make your dog the happiest ever is you take him out for a walk on a regular daily time, so he can do his business along the way.