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Supervise the puppy indoors as well as outdoors.
Find a room in your house that allows you to watch your puppy as much
as possible. This will help you catch the puppy if it starts to eliminate
indoors. You can also leash the puppy or place a bell on its collar to help
you keep track of it.
When you leave home, put the puppy in a crate.
When you can't supervise your puppy, leave it in a small puppy-proof
area such as a crate. If the crate is large enough to accommodate the puppy
as an adult, partition it to avoid having the puppy soil one end and sleep
in the other. And remember that your puppy's bladder and bowel capacities
are limited, so let the puppy out at least every four hours.
Don't punish after the fact.
If your puppy has an accident in the house, don't go get the puppy and
rub its nose in it. This doesn't do any good because the misbehavior has
already occurred. Instead, try to catch the puppy in the act. If you see
the puppy getting ready to housesoil, don't swat it, but stomp your foot,
shake a can filled with pennies, or startle the puppy by yelling, "Outside!"
The puppy will likely stop what it's doing and you can take it outdoors to
Don't leave food out all day.
Feed your puppy at set times every day and remove the food bowl after
20 minutes. This will create regular intervals at which the puppy will need
Thoroughly clean areas where the puppy has eliminated in the house.
Your veterinarian can recommend a safe, effective product that removes
both odors and stains. It's important to clean a soiled area completely;
otherwise, your puppy may return to it and housesoil again.
Stick with the training program.
Most puppies can be successfully housetrained by 14 to 20 weeks of age,
but for several reasons, some pets take longer to housetrain. Consult your
veterinarian if you're having difficulty.
Information provided by:
Debra F. Horwitz, DVM, Dipl. ACVB
Veterinary Behavior Consultations
12462G Natural Bridge Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Veterinary Medicine, February 1999, Page 169
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