How do I house train my dog?
Housetraining is probably the most common subject we are asked and it is one of the biggest concerns of new dog owners. Luckily, it is one of the easiest things to train.
Be patient and be consistent.
Get a crate, we prefer the wire type (air circulation and visibility are best in a wire crate). It should be large enough for the adult dog to stand up, turn around and lay down. For the puppy, partition off part of the crate with a cardboard box sprayed with Bitter Apple. Most dogs will not eliminate where they sleep. Puppies should not be left in a crate longer than their age in months plus an hour; i.e. a three month old puppy should not be left in a kennel for more than 4 hours at a time.The crate should NOT disappear once the puppy is house trained. It should remain in the dog’s life as a safe place for him.
Feed on a schedule. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD DOWN ALL DAY (unless there is a medical reason the food needs to be down 24/7). He gets 20 minutes to eat. After that the uneaten food goes back in the bag; it does not get added to the next meal.
When your dog goes outside to eliminate, take him out the same door every time, and go out with him so you can praise the desired behavior – rain or shine.