10 EASY STEPS TO HOUSETRAINING
- 1. Snap a 6-foot leash to your puppy's collar.
- 2. Put your belt through the loop on the leash.
- 3. Where you goeth, so goeth the puppy.
- 4. Supervise the puppy at all times.
- 5. Roll up a newspaper and keep it with you at all time.
- 6. Take the puppy outside on a leash first thing in the morning, after
eating, after playing, after napping, anytime you see the puppy prowling,
sniffing, or scratching . . . and about every hour in between. Encourage
her to "Go Potty!"
- 7. When the puppy pees or dumps, praise her *BIG TIME* ( until the
neighbors come to take you away) and then play ball or some other fun game
for a little bit. (The message to the puppy: "First I go potty, then
I get to play!")
- 8. If the puppy doesn't do anything productive in 15 minutes or so,
take her inside and crate her for a hour in the same room you're in, then
take her outside again. Take her outside sooner if you hear her whining.
- 9. The ONLY time your puppy should be in the crate is at night, if
you bring her inside after a nonproductive potty run, or if you just cannot
supervise her personally (e.g., you need to take a shower).
- 10. If at ANY time you find a surprise puddle or poop on the floor,
get your rolled newspaper. HIT yourself over the head 3 times and say "Baaaaaaaad
Owner . . . I forgot to watch my dog!"
Follow this program and I can guarantee that the puppy will be housetrained.
It won't be this week, or probably for several weeks more, and yes, the
burden is on you . . . This works with puppies, or with older dogs . . .
you just have to take the time to help the dog learn good habits.
ANTIC, September, 1998
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