STEP FOUR: example schedule for a dog being house trained
The following schedule is one we maintain with a 5 month old, medium sized puppy, named Moppy. Please keep in mind this is not a long term situation. You need to increase your walks in the beginning to set the tone and change your dogs mindset.
7am-8am: Owners take Moppy out of the crate and immediately take her outside. If Moppy does not relieve herself they put her back in the crate and feed her. 20-30 minutes later they take Moppy out again and offer her the chance to go to the bathroom. If she goes they take her for an extended walk but if not they put her back in the crate.
10am-11am: A Downtown Pets dog walker takes Moppy out of the crate. We offer her some water (before the walk) and take her outside. We offer her the chance to go to the bathroom. If she goes within 3-5 minutes we then proceed with a nice 25 minute walk. But if Moppy doesn’t go we take her back in the apartment and crate her for 10-15 minutes. We then take her back outside and offer her the chance to go again. If she goes we continue with the walk but if not she goes back into the crate.
2pm-3pm: A Downtown Pets dog walker comes back and repeats the same process above.
5pm-6pm: Owner feeds and offers water to Moppy in the crate and 20-30 minutes later takes her out for a bathroom break. If Moppy relieves herself she gets an hour or two of freedom.
10pm-11pm: Owner takes Moppy out for a quick bathroom break and if she relieves herself she gets to stay out for an hour or two before being put into the crate for the night.
* should I use treats as a reward in house training?
Yes, yes and yes – your dog should be treated after going every time and I would say a consistent command every time they go, like “do your business, good dog”.
* wow, so my dog might never leave the crate?
It’s very rare that a dog does not grow to understand that if they relieve themselves outside they get to stay outside and vice a versa.
* how do I know when to feed my dog? and how much water to give them?
You need to ask your vet about these things but a mistake some people make is feeding their dog too late and giving their dog too much water through the day. Again, include your vet in these decisions.
* my dog isn’t getting it, it’s not going to the bathroom outside…
First of all, is your dog used to using wee-wee pads? If so make sure you have stopped using wee-wee pads all together. If you’ve already given up wee-wee pads and it’s still happening, try bringing an already soiled wee-wee pad with you outside and put it on the ground. This can help bridge the transition to going outside.
* it’s winter time and I have a very small dog who can’t walk in rough weather…
Teaching your dog to go to the bathroom on command can solve this. Every time your dog goes to the bathroom say a command like “do your business, good boy” and offer a treat when they are done. If you do this every time your dog goes to the bathroom you should be able to pop outside on a bad weather day, say the command and quickly have your dog go.
STEP TWO: introducing your dog to the crate
STEP THREE: the crate training philosophy