Dogs by nature are clean animals. They usually keep their sleeping and eating area clean. Moreover, they have also the tendency to do habitual activities. Meaning, if they are taught to eliminate in a certain place they will always be eliminating in that certain place for all their lives. These natural instincts of dogs can be an advantages if to be use in house training. Dog house training is a tough task, however if right approach and proper management is applied, it can be effective and successful.
The first step in house training is to find the right training area and set it up. For puppies or small dog, portable crate or puppy-proofed room will do. However, for larger dog it will not work out since they will not be able to move around comfortably in it. A small room with easy to clean floor will do for them. Put some bed, water and food bowl as well as some toys for the dog not to get bored. Keep in mind that the place will be your dog’s house where he will play, sleep and eat. Therefore, make it safe and comfortable for your dog. Do not worry if your dog eliminate in this area. You will soon train them of the proper toilet area and besides, when they realize that it will be their den they will stop eliminating in it.
The next thing you do is to find a toilet area that is accessible to your dog. it will definitely outside the house, but wherever you choose make sure that you as well as your dog have an easy access on it. You will need to accompany your dog to the toilet area to give him rewards and praises whenever he does well. Take note of the elimination pattern of your dog, you will need this in order to know the proper time when your dog will go to the toilet. If your dog has feeding schedule, it would be greater. Soon his process of elimination will occur in regular basis. That would mean an easy way of establishing the proper time for your dog’s toilet schedule.
When your dog has control of its bowel and bladder. You may start to extend the training area of your dog. However, keep in mind to take things one-step at a time. Do it gradually and from one room to the other. Do this only if you are around. If you are going to leave the house, take him back to its original training area.
If you want to speed up the process, you may do so. However, it should be done with caution. It is better to do things slowly than to repeat again the same process. To speed up the pace it needs more of your presence and attention. You need to be always present to reward your dog for good behavior. More importantly, never punish your dog for accidental elimination. It will just add confusion to him and would make the training process slower.