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House Training Your Puppy/Adult Dog
House training is a simple process, but one that must be carried out positively (without punishment that scares the puppy) and consistently. Additionally; all members of the puppy's family must understand the house training schedule and be unified in their training approach.
A puppy can usually hold his/her waste for the same number of hours as his/her age in months. In other words, a four-month-old pup should not be left alone for more than four consecutive hours without an opportunity to go outside. Very young pups (under 12 weeks old) don't have complete bladder control and may not be able to hold it very long.
Most puppies can be reasonably housetrained by four to six months of age. However, some puppies are not 100% reliable until they are eight to twelve months of age.
The steps noted below can also be applied to an adult dog that has lost his/her house training or is new to the household.
House Training Steps:
What NOT to Do:
Do not rub your dog's nose in his/her waste.
Do not scold your dog for eliminating indoors.
Do not confine your dog to a small area for hours each day, without doing anything else to correct the problem.
Do not crate your dog if he/she is soiling in the crate.
If your dog enjoys being outside, don't bring him/her inside right after he eliminates or he/she may learn to "hold it" so that he/she can stay outside longer.