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Housetraining Schedule - Housetrain a Puppy in Less than a Week
It is normal as a new puppy owner to feel clueless about housetraining a dog. Many new dog owners make the mistake of scolding their dogs when they make a mess inside.
I made this mistake with my first Chihuahua. Every time she went inside, I would take her over to the mess, scold her with a commanding voice, and occasionally tap her rear.
Soon enough, I noticed something. My puppy would refuse to use the bathroom where she was supposed to go; instead she would go under the bed and in closet areas. I caused her to fear going to the bathroom!
She did not understand why I was angry with her when she used the bathroom. I realized that she was afraid of going potty and would hide it by going in places that I could not see.
You must take a positive approach to housetraining and forget scoldings and punishments. Give your dog a set routine every day. This schedule must be inflexible in order to succeed. Here is a sample schedule:
6:30 AM: Upon waking, remove your puppy from his crate, leash him, and take him to the potty. Let him sniff and circle the area and be quiet for him.
When he starts to eliminate his wastes, offer praise and start repetitively giving your potty command. When he finishes, offer more praise and a treat if you like. Then take your puppy back to his crate.
7:30 AM: Give your dog breakfast. Take him to the potty area approximately 20 to 30 minutes later. Return him back to his crate until the next potty break.
10:30 AM: Offer another potty break.
12:30 PM: Take your puppy outside to his potty area and follow the same routine. Afterward, come inside and feed the dog lunch and then play with him.
3:30 PM: It's time for another potty break.
5:30 PM: Take your puppy outside for his potty break and then back inside for dinner. You do not have place him back in the crate.
During the evening, try to play with your puppy as much as you can. This is a good time to tire him out for the night. But keep a close eye on his behavior in case he starts to sniff and circle an area in the house, indicating his need to use the bathroom. If you cannot watch him “hawkishly”, put him back in his crate.
9:00 PM: If your puppy is sleeping at this time, wake him up for one last bathroom break. Follow the same routine and return him in his crate until the 6:30AM potty break. Start the entire routine again until he has mastered it.
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