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Woof Wednesday: Ask Amy & Puppy House Training

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A Christmas puppy named Page has fun with the gifts. (Copr Esagirl/Flickr)

Did you get a puppy for Christmas? SQUEEEEE! What fun! The joy of watching a baby dog play, and learning all about the little guy can be a special time. But the new baby doesn’t come knowing all the rules of your house. House training is a biggie and can spoil and interrupt the bonding experience for you both. After all, the puppy wants to please you but just can’t help natural urges to squat.

Dogs can be potty trained at any age, but puppies learn much more quickly than adults. Puppies are so cute that owners forgive puppy-size accidents, but adult-size deposits aren’t cute and often lose the grown-up pet his home. I’ve offered a couple of the biggies–most important tips–in the Ask Amy video below. You can use these 8 puppy potty training tips to housebreak puppies and ensure he grows up to be the best friend he’s meant to be.

Have you ever had a potty training challenge? What did you do? What are some other dog bathroom training tips that worked for you? Senior citizen dogs also can have issues with being able to “hold it.” You can find tips for the old doggy incontinence issues in the book Complete Care for Your Aging Dog.

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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

5 responses »

  1. Fantastic advice on puppy training. We really struggled with Tess, even as an adult, because she had separation anxiety. At night etc it was always fine but if we left the house (and her in it) for even 5 minutes, she’d flood the floor. We just came to accept that, no matter what the age, she needs to be kenneled if we aren’t home. As soon as we accepted that, the accidents cleared right up and we all lived happily ever after.
    When training her as a puppy, it never occurred to me to “contain” her even when I was watching TV or on the phone – that is a GREAT idea. And never thought to take her to the same place for the smell.
    Wonderful. Hopefully someday I’ll get another wee fur baby to train all over again! 🙂

  2. Joy Held's Writer Wellness Blog

    I’ve taken all grains out of my older dogs diets and they have been better about “holding it”. Is that a good idea?

    • Hi Joy, Some older dogs do much better on lower residue foods. Grain isn’t inherently bad and actually has some benefits. But yes, many commercial dog foods go a wee bit overboard on fillers and you end up paying for “schtuff” that ends up in the yard. *s* So if the low-no grain diet has your old dogs acting like they feel better, and the stool and everything else appears normal, that could be a good choice.

      I’m not a vet so I can’t say for sure, ya know. *s* Especially not without my crystal ball, LOL! Thanks so much for visiting the blog, m’dear.

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