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Remember that when housebreaking, repetition is necessary. Your puppy will not
understand what you want unless you repeatedly show him/her the desired behavior
MANY times. If you are consistent and diligent from the beginning your
housebreaking and crate training will go quickly and smoothly. Keep in mind also
that your puppy does not know what is expected and must be shown the proper
place to eliminate, and when. Your best potty training friend is your crate.
When you cannot watch your puppy, use a crate. Think of the crate the same way
you think of a playpen for a human child. Even if you are only leaving the room
for a "minute," either take the puppy with you or use the crate. After all, you
would not leave a toddler in the house alone "for just a minute" would you?
An easy way to avoid accidents in the night for the first couple weeks is by
following this routine:
1. Set your alarm for about 3 hrs after your normal bed time. CARRY the pup
outside, place him on the ground always in the same area and encourage him to
eliminate. PRAISE when he does, and bring him back to the crate.
2. Set your alarm for another 3 hrs. When the alarm goes off repeat part 1.
3. After about a week of the above routine, IF it has been successful (no crate
messing) then you can set the alarm for ½ way through your sleep time.
When you arise in the morning, take the
pup outside BEFORE you do anything else. Then feed the pup and crate again. Walk the
pup one more time before going off to work.
Repeat the feeding, taking outside and crating at lunch time. And again at
dinner time. Pups from the ages of 2 to 4 months CANNOT control their
elimination for much more than 4 hours, so if you cannot return home at lunch
time, try to arrange for someone to do this for you at lunch. When you are home
all day take him out every 3-4 hours until you see that he can hold it longer
Feeding on a regular schedule and taking
away all food and drink by 7pm will make your life easier too. Use the SAME door
throughout the training period. This may seem daunting but the faster you dig in
and get it over with the more peace and success you will have by a couple of
You can also train the pup to ring a bell at the same time when its potty time.
On the handle of the door, tie a bell to a string, dropping it even with the
height of the puppy's nose. When you bring the puppy to the door, lure the puppy
to touch the bell with either it's nose or paw, (you can use a Small treat)
causing the bell to ring. After the puppy rings the bell, give it the treat and
say "OUTSIDE" in a happy tone of voice. Reminder: During housebreaking DO
NOT allow the pup outside to eliminate alone or loose in the yard. Yes, that
means in the rain, snow, whatever: YOU GO OUTSIDE ALSO. Give the puppy plenty of
time don't rush. When the puppy urinates or defecates, praise the puppy with
"Good " and again, give the puppy a tiny, tiny treat. Go back inside. If the
puppy does not "potty" even after staying outside 15 minutes, return back
inside, place the puppy back into the crate, wait 15 minutes and start again
from the beginning.
If done religiously, this training process should take only about 2 weeks for
the puppy to understand the basics. This method will work with any dog,
regardless of age. If you adopt a dog from a shelter or a rescue program,
follow the same routine. Remember, even though the dog is older or even an
adult, he still does not know the rules of YOUR home, and may not have ever BEEN
in a house. Be PATIENT and this method WILL work.
Finally get a newspaper, roll it up tightly and secure with a rubber band. Keep
it handy. When your puppy has an accident in the house, eats your favorite shoe,
or does anything else inappropriate, you take the newspaper and whack YOURSELF
in the head very hard, Saying, "BAD MOMMY (or Daddy)", several times. In other
words, its your fault! Watch that pup, and please crate train!
Take it slow and easy...be PATIENT....and have FUN with your dog!
Rat Terrier....anything else is just a dog.!