House training a dog is no easy task. For many dog owners, there is no better feeling of accomplishment than house training a dog. Of course, accidents are bound to happen, but if you house train your dog properly, you should rarely come home to urine or feces on your floors. If you are in need of products to help you house train your dog, such as a crate, check out stores like and PetCareRx. Here are three tips for house training a dog:

1. Understand Limitations

The key to house training any dog is understanding the dogs limitations in regards to how long the dog can hold off on going to the bathroom. As an example, a 3 month old puppy is generally only able to hold its urine and/or feces for approximately four hours. If you have a small breed dog, that time frame is drastically reduced because of his small bladder size. As a pet owner, you need to understand when your dog needs to go to the bathroom and if you have a puppy, that means getting up in the middle of the night to take your puppy outside to eliminate.

2. Set a Schedule

It is an absolute must that you create a schedule for when you will take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. Most people feed their dogs two to three times per day. Within 15 minutes of your dog eating, it is very important that you take your dog outside to go to the bathroom. Dogs need to understand that going to the bathroom outside is a good thing. That is why you should go outside with your dog each and every time he goes to the bathroom, you should praise your dog with love and treats for eliminating outside. Using wee-wee or puppy pads is actually one of the worst things a pet owner can do because you are teaching your dog that it is okay to go to the bathroom in the house.

3. Be Consistent

You need to have some patience in order to house train a dog. Be prepared to stand outside with your dog for 30 minutes at a time, if needed. Some dogs catch onto house training quicker than other dogs do. You need to strictly adhere to the schedule that you have created for taking your dog to the bathroom. No dog wants to go to the bathroom inside of the home, but he is left with no choice if he can no longer hold it. If you are going to be away for a couple of hours, put your dog inside of a crate because most dogs do not like going to the bathroom in their sleeping quarters.


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Stephen Thiele is a freelance writer for

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