HB House Training QSG


House training a puppy, adolescent, adult or senior dog can be very frustrating. Even the most experienced owners have problems house training some dogs!

Follow How's Bentley House Training Quick Start Guide if the dog has never been house trained, if the dog has recently moved to a new home, or other instances when advised by veterinarians, trainers or canine behavior counselors to “treat as if the dog were never house trained". Follow this guide regardless of the dog's age.

If you could magically follow these two rules, your dog would “become" house trained.

Rule 1 - Never give your dog opportunities to eliminate on your flooring.

Rule 2 - Always give your dog opportunities to eliminate in the desired area.

  • Manage the environment. Close doors, use crates, baby gates, tethers, et cetera.

  • Get a clean bill of health from a veterinarian.

  • The dog should be leashed, confined or supervised at all times while inside.

  • Anytime you cannot directly supervise your dog, use a crate or confinement area to keep your dog and your house safe.

  • If you will be gone for periods longer than the dog can wait, place newspaper (or house training pads) on the flooring of the area where your dog will be confined.

  • Methodically introduce your dog to the concepts of confinement and alone time.

  • When you are inside and your dog is not confined, use a tether.

  • To use a tether, make a 6-9 foot lead you can attach to furniture or your waist.

  • Always provide your dog with adequate exercise and periodic access to the “potty" area.

  • Feed your dog at the same time(s) each day.

  • Unless directed otherwise by a veterinarian, take up bowl and uneaten food after 10-15 minutes.

  • Keep a log of feeding and elimination until you learn your dog's schedule.

  • Always attach a leash, go out with the dog, and lead him or her to the elimination area.

  • Wait patiently for 5-7 minutes. If the dog doesn't eliminate, return inside, crate or confine the dog for 20 minutes and then try again.

  • Teach your dog cues for defecating and urinating on command.

  • Teach your dog that rewards are for eliminating outside.

  • Reward your dog for eliminating outside.

  • Teach your dog to ring a bell to signal desire to go outside.

  • Never scold or punish your dog for any “accidents".

  • Clean soiled, inside areas, with cleaners containing pet odor neutralizers.

  • When your dog becomes more reliable, gradually grant supervised access to more and more areas of the house.


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