Housetraining For Dummies
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You may want to housetrain your puppy or adult dog to go to the bathroom in an indoor potty area. A dog potty or dog toilet can be some newspapers spread on the floor, a dog litter box, or some other device located in a designated area of your home. Here are some housetraining tips that make indoor housetraining a breeze:

  • Do consider indoor training if you live in a high-rise apartment, can’t get around easily, and/or have a very small dog.

  • Do consider your needs, your dog’s needs, and your home’s layout when deciding where to put the indoor potty.

  • Do get a crate for your indoor trainee so that he learns to regulate his potty maneuvers.

  • Do use scent and repetition to teach your dog that the indoor potty is the only surface upon which he should take a whiz or make a deposit.

  • Do be patient if you move the potty from outdoors to indoors.

  • Don’t let your puppy roam freely unless you can watch him.

  • Don’t get angry at your puppy for making a mistake; get mad at yourself for giving him a chance to do so.

  • Don’t take your indoor trainee outside for a walk or for playtime until after he’s done his business.

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Susan McCullough is the author of the bestselling Housetraining For Dummies and the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies.

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