Dog Housetraining Tools
Part of the Housetraining For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Before you can start housetraining your puppy or adult dog, you have to get your home ready. Depending on how you plan to housetrain your dog, here’s a list of equipment you may need to get the job done:
Crate: A correctly sized crate is just large enough for your dog to comfortably stand up, turn around, and lie down in.
Newspapers or dog litter: These items can serve as crucial components for a housetrainee’s indoor potty.
Baby gates: Secure baby gates keep your housetrainee from venturing into areas of your house where you don’t want him to be.
Plastic bags: Oblong bags, like those that cover newspapers or enclose loaves of bread, are extremely helpful when picking up dog poop.
Pet stain cleaner: A cleaner designed especially for pet stains is essential to cleaning up doggie bathroom accidents.
Black light: This handy device helps you find urine stains that elude human detection but serve as invitations for dogs to repeat their bathroom boo-boos.
Collar: A flat buckle or snap collar not only provides a place to attach your dog’s leash to but also holds essential identification tags.
Leash: A 6-foot-long leash of leather, cotton, or nylon keeps your pooch tethered to you when you take him outdoors to do his business.
Doggie door: After your dog is fully housetrained, this item allows him to take himself from inside your house to the outdoor potty in his fenced yard.
Fencing: A secure fence that’s 4 to 6 feet high can keep your dog in his yard and keep other dogs out of it.
Doggie jacket or sweater: A jacket or sweater keeps your four-legged friend warm when he has to potty outdoors in cold weather.