Dear Tabby, aka Shauna Romero, San Diego Humane Society’s Community Training Coordinator, answers your toughest training questions.
Q: What is the best way to house-train my new dog?
A: Two words: Crate training. Dogs are naturally clean animals and do not want to relieve themselves where they sleep. Providing a confined space and taking them out to potty every two to three hours is the easiest and fastest way to house-train them. Make sure to praise your pup once they have completely finished going potty to ensure they have completely emptied their bladder before you take them inside. Keep them on leash and within your sight while inside the house until you are certain they are completely house-trained; this will prevent accidents and allow you to notice signs that your dog needs to eliminate. For some dogs, house-training can take weeks; for others, a few months. Keep in mind, even if you adopt an older dog that may be house-trained, he won’t be trained to your house. You may have to go back to the basics and start all over again.
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