Housetraining 101

Spring is one of the most popular times of year for dog adoption, which isn't particularly surprising if you take a look outside.

Spring is one of the most popular times of year for dog adoption, which isn’t particularly surprising if you take a look outside. The weather is gorgeous and the one companion who’s sure to appreciate all that sunshine and freshair just as much as you is your brand new pet! But you’re going to have a few hurdles first, especially if your dog isn’t housetrained or ready to ween from dog training pads. Housetraining can be a lot easier than it seems, especially if you’re properly prepared. Every dog is different, and issues such as separation anxiety can deter even your best efforts, but stick with it and you two will master housetraining together. Use some of these tips to start out.

Establish a schedule- Dogs are very habit-oriented. You’ll soon notice that your pal knows exactly when it’s time to eat and is more than willing to remind you in case you forget. Appeal to this quality in your new dog by sticking to a regular schedule. During housetraining, try to take your dog out at least once every three hours so he or she has an opportunity to go to the “bathroom.” Obviously, you don’t need to stick to this rigorous routine for all your years together, but consistently heading for walks or a round of fetch each morning, after meals, following any long stretch of time alone and before bed is best.

Offer praise– Another consistency you’ll want to stay on top of is offering plenty of praise. Your pet will love to hear that you’re happy with him or her, and this reinforces good bathroom behavior. You may also want to consider bringing along a few treats so you can reward your dog.

Stay watchful– Even with an incentive like delicious dog treats, it’s hard for any housetraining process to go by without its fair share of accidents. After bringing your dog indoors following a failed attempt, keep a close eye on him or her. If it looks like an accident is about to occur, grab the leash and run out the door. If not, grab the pet stain and odor remover.

Don’t punish– Whatever you do, don’t get angry. Housetraining isn’t any easier on your dog than it is on your carpets or floors! Stay calm and keep at it, since your newly adopted pet is unquestionably worth all the time and even frustration. This content post is provided by the pet experts at Hartz.