House training: basic need to know facts before starting

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This is the 2nd article in the 13-part series, ‘House Training – The Ultimate Guide.’

This article answers the few basic questions almost everyone has before starting the house training process, and offers a few facts and bits of information that are helpful to know before you begin.

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Many people will be coming into house training with at least some preconceived ideas of what they can and cannot expect. So some of you may feel that you don’t need to read this.

But I recommend for everybody to read this article before they start, just so we’re working from the same foundational knowledge and just in case some of the things you’ve heard before weren’t entirely correct.

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I think it is essential that you know exactly how often your puppy must toilet and when, the speed of development in their bladder and bowel control and just how long the process will really take.

So with that said, let’s begin…

Contents & Quick Navigation

  • 3 What Different House Training Methods Are There?
  • 3.1 Crate Training: Confinement And Supervision
  • 3.2 Paper Training: Starting Inside Then Moving Outside
  • 3.3 Constant supervision
  • 3.4 Umbilical Cord House Training
  • 4 How Long Will House Training Take?
  • 5 How Long Can A Puppy Be Expected To Control Their Bowel And Bladder?
  • 6 How Many Times Does A Puppy Need To Toilet At Night?
  • 7 When And How Often Does A Puppy Need To Go To Toilet?
  • 8 Health Reasons Could Be The Cause Of Accidents And Maybe Not Bad Behavior
  • 9 Final Thoughts…
  • 10 My Complete House Training Program
  • What Is House Training?

    House training is the process by which we train a puppy or dog to only ever go to toilet where we want them to.

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    In most cases that’s only ever outside of our home and NEVER inside, though there are some cases where people choose a designated bathroom spot inside instead.

    Strictly speaking, the term ‘house training’ actually means to train a puppy to only ever toilet outside. So it doesn’t really cover training them to use an inside bathroom spot.

    But most people now accept the term ‘house training’ to cover all types of toilet training, whether outside or in, though you will see people use the terms ‘house breaking’, ‘potty training’ or ‘toilet training’ too.

    In this article we discuss the attitude and approach you should take and the mindset you need bring with you to be successful at house training. We also cover the skills and attitude your puppy brings with them to the process.

    My Complete House Training Program

    This was part 2 in a 12-part series where I’ve tried to provide all the guidance you could possibly ever need and covered everything I can think of for you to successfully house train your puppy or adult dog. Please see the entire series linked to below:

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