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    2 - Provide effective housetraining

    2 - Provide effective housetraining

    Housetraining is not rocket science and can be quickly achieved if you are observant and ensure that your hound is actually taken outside when he needs to toilet. Dogs are creatures of habit and can not only to trained to go to a certain part of the garden to do the necessary, but also to empty on cue, which can be really useful, especially when you are away from home.

    Puppies usually need to relieve themselves when they wake up, after they have eaten and after (or during) an energetic game. Watch for signs of circling or sniffing. Quickly and calmly take him outside and stay neutral so you don't distract him. Give a tasty reward when your pup toilets in the right place. When he begins to understand why he has been taken out, attach a cue word quietly as he is relieving himself.

    The more times you can reward a puppy for going in the right place, the quicker housetraining will progress and he will learn to ask to go outside. If you have adopted an older dog that is housetrained remember he doesn't automatically know where you want him to toilet. Take him out to his toileting area frequently and reward him for going in the right place.

    Understanding accidents

    If there is an accident, accept the blame and be more observant in future. If you tell the puppy off it may confuse him into thinking that the act of toileting rather than the location has upset you. And this may encourage him to find a good hiding place to toilet (behind the settee) or, worse, to clean up his own mess.


    If the weather is foul, please don’t just shove your dog out of the door, and then be surprised if he sits on the doorstep crying pathetically. When you relent and let him indoors he will probably promptly leave you an unwanted present. He is not bad – he didn’t know what he was supposed to do. Be brave, put your coat on and help him out until he understands about housetraining!


    Clean any accident areas with a biological solution to get rid of the scent. Damp the area with the solution, allow it to dry, then rinse with cold water.

    Make sure that you give your dog plenty of opportunities to toilet outside

    From 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog, Copyright by Sarah Fisher, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with D & C

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