Downtown Pets offers a comprehensive and free nyc puppy training program for our nyc dog walking clients. The following is a 5 step process to house training your puppy or adult dog.

STEP ONE: Getting the proper equipment and a healthy thumbs up from your vet.

* include your vet before house training a dog:

Before adopting a house training schedule you should take your dog to the vet and or call your vet. You firstly want to ensure your dog does not have a urinary track infection because you can not crate a dog with a urinary track infection nor one who presently has diarrhea. You also want to ask your vet how much you can alter your dogs feeding and drinking schedule. It is a good idea to have your dogs last meal and water break be as early in the day as your vet thinks is possible, so your dog goes to bed empty.

* Crate training a dog:

Crate training is the most effective way to house train an adult dog or puppy. While the idea of keeping a dog in a crate for 4-5 hours at a time seems unfair to many people, that’s only because many of us take for granted that dogs think and process life differently than we do – no matter how domesticated we make them (:. All dogs originate from wolves and in the same way wolves slumber in a den, your dog will soon look at their crate in the same way. Many of the dogs we have house trained continue to go into their crates to this day, even though they are left free now.

Your crate needs to be sized properly and it needs to be large enough for the dog to walk into it upright, turn around, and lie down. They should be able to stand upright without squatting BUT not any bigger than that or you dog can move to a side, or hide in a corner if it makes a mistake in the crate. If your dog is not fully grown you can purchase a crate with sections that allows you to increase the dogs living area over time.

You can usually purchase a crate at your local store or click the following link to purchase a crate online.

* house training without a crate:

It is harder but possible to house train your dog without a crate and we will discuss that in the following days.

STEP ONE: buying a crate and checking with your vet

STEP TWO: introducing your dog to the crate

STEP THREE: the crate training philosophy

STEP FOUR: example schedule for a dog being house trained

STEP FIVE: problems you might run into house training your dog

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