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  • Puppy Housebreaking Made Easy

    by Richard Livitski

    Copyright 2016 by Richard Livitski

    All rights reserved

  • Table of Contents:

    1. An Introduction to Potty Training Your Dog

    2. The Hassles with an Un-house Broken Dog

    3. Understanding Mother Nature's Conditioning

    4. When Should I Start Potty Training My Puppy?

    5. The Signs that Your Puppy Needs to "Go Potty"

    6. Top 10 Tips for Potty Training Your Dog

    7. Taking Mistakes in Your Stride

    8. Knowing How a Puppys Digestive Tract Works

    9. What Role Your Energy Plays in House Breaking

    10. When to Expect Results

    11. A Few Words on Potty Training Older Dogs

    12. A Reminder that Consistency is Key

    13. Conclusion

  • 1. An Introduction to Potty Training Your Dog

    Potty training a dog can sometimes be a tricky task. With young puppies

    it's typically easier to teach them where "to go" but with even slightly older dogs it can be a real challenge.

    In this book, we will cover the top

    ten ways to potty train your dog. While most of the steps are

    designed with puppies in mind, we will touch on training an older

    dog. This can be useful if, for

    example, you adopt a dog from a shelter that hasn't benefited from

    the appropriate bathroom training while they're young.

    Whether you're just thinking

    about adopting a puppy or one has already become part of your

    family, make sure you read through each of the top ten steps.

    You'll get a real sense of what you can try, and what might work

    best, for your fuzzy new friend!

    2. The Hassles Associated with an Un-house Broken

    Dog

    Any dog owner can tell you that a dog that isn't potty trained can be a

    real nuisance! All puppies or dogs in need of training are bound to have accidents from time to time initially, but if doing their business indoors

    continues it can cause serious issues.

    Not only is it frustrating and unpleasant to be constantly cleaning up after

    a pet, it can cause damage and health issues as well. Cleaning urine completely is particularly troubling because it can be extremely

    challenging.

    On carpet, it can seep into the underlay, causing the smell and even the stain to keep rising to the surface and re-emerging long after the initial

    clean-up. On hardwood or laminate flooring, it can leak into the grooves and sit underneath the boards, where it can cause mold to develop and

    the smell to keep coming back. It can even warp the boards, resulting in expansion and separation that is bothersome to fix.

  • If a dog urinates on a spot once, the clean-up should be fairly

    straightforward and training can commence to ensure it doesn't happen again. But if your dog frequently has potty training problems, there can

    be considerable damage, odor and health related trouble in your home.

    Another hassle is the time and money you'll spend trying different cleaning products and methods to tidy up after your dog. Spray cleaners,

    carpet fresh powders, stain removers and renting carpet-cleaning machines can add up after a while. And that's not to mention if you wind

    up needing to have your carpets or hardwood flooring replaced!

    It's much better to invest that time into a potty training regimen than to spend ages cleaning up after messes, and we'll show you how to make

    that happen with our in-depth top 10 list.

    3. Understanding Mother Nature's Conditioning

    Whether you're just getting

    started or you're worried potty

    training your dog will be challenging, there's one

    important thing to keep in mind. Your dog does, in fact,

    want to go to the bathroom outside where he or she is

    supposed to! Yes, it's true!

    Mother Nature will work with you from the early days while

    you're training your puppy. Remember that when puppies

    are born, their mothers look after their needs, from eating

    and teaching to keeping them

    clean. A mother with newborn puppies will never allow them

    to eat, sleep and live in an area that smells like a toilet.

    When puppies get a little older, they naturally follow their mother's

    example and follow her outdoors to do their business instead of having accidents in their home. It's reasonable to expect that dogs from two

    months of age will begin to pick up on house breaking quite easily through their own natural instincts.

  • So don't worry or feel discouragedyou'll get there! Follow our advice

    and you'll soon be delighted your puppy is having fewer accidents and more instances of eliminating in the right place.

    4. When Should I Start Potty Training My Puppy?

    So, when should you start potty training with your new puppy? Is there

    such a thing as too soon, or worse yet, too late?

    You may get your puppy as early as eight or nine weeks of age, and of course you can start guiding them to papers or puppy pads right away.

    However, it is typically recommended that you begin focusing more

    seriously on potty training your puppy when he or she is around 12 to 16 weeks old. At that age, puppies tend to have better control of their

    bladders and are generally more able to "hold it" while they're being trained.

    It's important to keep in mind that if you have an older puppy of 12

    weeks or more, he or she may have picked up some bad potty habits before they joined your family. Therefore, house breaking may take

    longer to enforce.

    You will have to retrain your dog, help it un-learn those bad habits it's picked up and encourage the right ones with praise and rewards. It will

    happen, though, so persevere and your work will pay off!

    5. The Signs that Your Puppy Needs to "Go Potty"

    If you're a first time dog owner, you might not automatically be familiar

    with the hints your puppy is giving that he or she needs to go to the

    bathroom. Keep a look out for behavior such as whining, circling, sniffing and barking, which likely indicate that they're looking for a place to do

    their business.

    Barking and scratching are also obvious indicators that your dog needs to eliminate and even has a good idea of where to do it. Make sure you take

    him or her out right away!

    6. Top 10 Tips for Potty Training Your Dog

    With that encouragement and knowledge fresh in mind, let's get started on our top 10 tips for exactly how you can undergo potty training with

    your puppy. From puppy pad training to leash conditioning, you might find that you use a blend of different techniques or that sticking to one is

  • all that's really necessary. Whatever you choose, just make sure it's

    clicking with your dog and that you're consistent.

    #10 Training Your Puppy with Paper or Puppy Pads

    Paper training or using specialist puppy pads can be a tricky way to train your puppy, as you're essentially giving two conflicting messages.

    Ideally, your puppy should learn to "hold it" inside and

    only do his or her business in certain places outside.

    However, that's not always as easy as it sounds

    because most people don't have jobs that let them run

    home throughout the day to let the dog out! Going

    outside can also be challenging in the winter for

    little dogs, who can be especially sensitive to the

    snow, wind and cold.

    In situations where they're

    the only option, paper training or puppy pads at

    least gets your dog used to the idea of eliminating in an approved spot. As a result, he or she should be more likely to listen to you when it's time

    to move the training outside.

    In that temporary, indoor approved spot, if you aren't keen on newspapers or puppy pads (which can be costly) then you might want to

    try creating what's known as a sod box; basically, a litter box for a puppy, with grass in it! You can make one quite easily yourself; just place some

    grass sod or dog-litter in a container like a child's paddling pool and train your puppy to go there instead of on a layer of newspapers.

    When you clean up soiled paper towels, newspapers or puppy pads, it can be wise to place them temporarily in your dog's designated elimination

    area. The smell will help him or her recognize it as the place they're supposed to eliminate and encourage that behavior in the future.

    Pads and papers aren't necessarily the most ideal choice, but they tend to

    work well for young puppies, small dogs and initial training. Puppy pads, paper training and even sod boxes aren't a great long-term solution,

  • though, as they will eventually reinforce with your dog that it's okay to

    eliminate indoors. They'll also result in smells and messes that need constant looking after.

    DO: Use newspapers, puppy pads or a sod box for initial indoor potty

    training, especially for small or particularly young puppies.

    DON'T: Continue using this method of potty training forever, or else you'll run the risk of your dog thinking it's acceptable to go to the

    bathroom in the house.

    #9 The benefits of the Great Outdoors

    Spending time outdoors regularly together can help with potty training in several ways. First and foremost, it will help build your relationship with

    your dog. When he or she has confidence in you and sees you as the pack leader, it will be much easier to conduct training and have your dog

    comply with your command.

    Spending time outdoors together is also good at strategic times, such

    as after meals o