Housetraining Hint #4–last one!

It is time to wrap up the weekly series of housetraining hints. I had a few tips in mind, but it became obvious which one to share when a big issue came up several times in training appointments this past week. The trouble rears its head when you think you are a roll; house training is going well overall, yet you continue to find occasional puddles or piles your dog has left behind. If this is what you’ve been going through, then this hint is for you:

Until your dog is house trained, do not allow her to roam unsupervised indoors.wolfpeeing

That means your dog should be outdoors being praised the moment she finishes doing her business, indoors in her crate, or indoors under your direct supervision. This means you can see her every moment and you know exactly what she is doing between potty opportunities. If you get involved with your kids, your other dog, a phone call, or your computer, your dog can slip behind a piece of furniture, into the next room or find a little-used room (like a guest room or the dining room) to relieve herself.

Contrary to popular belief, she is not being sneaky, rather, she is trying to keep the areas in which you eat and socialize clean by going off to do her business. Don’t put her in that position and create housetraining problems. Make sure you can see her, so that if she gets restless and you suspect she may need to go, you can quickly get her outside to continue to build on success. In order to watch her closely enough, you may need to close doors, use baby gates or an exercise pen, or tether her near you with a chew toy to keep her busy. It’s a small, and very temporary, inconvenience for the peace of mind you’ll have knowing you’re on your way to a house trained dog.

3 thoughts on “Housetraining Hint #4–last one!

  1. I have a new puppy (8 weeks old). I have introduced her to her crate gradually and she is happy to go into it to eat/drink and retrieve treats. I had to leave the house for 45 minutes so I put her in her crate w/ a peanut butter lined kong. When I returned I could hear her howling from outside the house. When I went in she got quiet and seemed fine when I got her out. I put her water back in the crate and she had no hesitation to go back in. Should I be worried about the howling or is it just part of the process? I don’t want to traumatized her but I will need to crate her for short periods of time when we’re not home. Thank you!

  2. I like that you are attuned to your pup’s emotional state and keeping a watch out for signs your crate training is putting her at ease. Overall you’re clearly doing a great job!
    It has been a while since you posted this question (I don’t have a chance to check the website as frequently as I used to) so I’d be curious to know how things may have changed in the interim. I will link here to a blog post that discusses barking in the car, which has a few tips that might apply in your situation. Perhaps freezing the Kong and leaving her for shorter periods will do the trick. Puppy Savvy has loads of specific tips for crate training your puppy and troubleshooting tips. And look for a CCPDT trainer in your area if you get stuck more than a few days. Good luck!

    1. Thank you for your reply! In general she is doing better. Sometimes she is making noise when I get home and sometimes not. She stops barking when I come in so I am able to not let her out while barking. But, when I close the door before leaving she usually starts- even w/ stuffed kong or other toy. I’ve put her in it some while I’m home and she starts out barking/whining, then gets quite, then may start barking again. I try to let her out during a quiet spell. Hopefully she continues to improve! Thank you again!

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