These Simple Tips on Housetraining Your Puppy are sponsored by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
When we showed up at The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, I made sure that my daughter knew we were there to look and only look.
A friend of mine had told me of three little puppies who had been brought in, and my curious daughter just wanted to take a peek at them. When we got there, the folks at the Shelter told me that two of the puppies had already been adopted out and the biggest one of them had no takers.
So, I thought to myself when we were at the door to his little cage, he’s adorable and SOMEONE ELSE who likes a big dog is sure to come by and scoop him up.
They went on to tell me that this little, jet-black-haired, honey-brown-eyed, pup (along with his sisters) had been found abandoned under a seat at a park nearby. So, I thought to myself, that story sure isn’t gonna change my mind that we were here to look and ONLY look!
Then these folks reached in and picked that little pup up out of his little cage so my daughter could hold him. And, he just snuggled up into the crook of her elbow and buried his little face into her hair and she looked at me with so much joy in her eyes – and, in that moment, I completely forgot that we were there to look and only look!
That day our little family of three became a family of four, when we brought “Ollie” home. My daughter promised to housetrain him and take care of him all by herself. In those early days, Ollie was a cutely-klutzy, always-hungry, hair-shedding, ball of energy!
When he wasn’t walking into walls, he was bringing in pine cones and chewing on them (with ensuing digestive disruptions), acting like he could take on our older, much bigger dog (Tawny), and eating way too fast (again, with ensuing digestive disruptions). And, inspite of all this craziness, my then 14 year old daughter stuck to her end of the deal. She made sure to clean up after him, feed him and house train – the latter in TWO WEEKS!
Housetraining a puppy isn’t an easy task – one I know I wouldn’t have taken on as a 14 year old myself. But, my daughter read and watched everything she could on housetraining a puppy and in two weeks, Ollie was standing by the door when he was ready to go out!
Five Simple Tips on Housetraining Your Puppy
(tried and tested by a 14 year old)
1 – Frequent Trips Outside
My daughter was on break from school so she made sure to take Ollie out every couple of hours – on a leash. A friend of hers even told her to attach a bell on the door and train Ollie to nudge it when he needed to go.
2 – Take Your Puppy To The Same Spot
My daughter would walk Ollie in our backyard to a spot under a sweet gum tree and wait with him no matter how long it took for him to relieve himself. As he was on a leash, he began to realize that that wasn’t his play time – and that time was time for him to do his “business.”
3 – Crate Train When Unsupervised
When both my daughter or I were not home, we made sure to crate train Ollie. We initially started this as I was a bit worried as to how Tawny would be around him while they were alone. She had been with us for almost 7 years before he came around and I figured he’d be safer in a crate. It just so happened that he thought of his crate as his little nook – and would not soil it. As time went by, whenever we were being loud and he wanted to take a nap, he would just go lie in his crate all by himself -leaving us alone!
4 – Make Sure To Reward
Whenever my daughter went out with Ollie, she would carry a little pouch with pieces of his puppy food in it as she didn’t want to keep giving him treats. Whenever he did his business, she would make sure to reward him – something she still gets immense joy in doing.
5 – Make Sure To Keep A Basket With Cleaning Supplies Close By
Housetraining a puppy is hard work and sometimes accidents happen. Sometimes they just cannot control themselves and sometimes they are just ill – they are puppies after all. At times like this having a Cleaning Basket ready with needed supplies like STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover, gloves and paper towels, helps deal with the mess before your puppy can try and clean it up himself – with his mouth!
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While Ollie and Tawny are completely housetrained, incredibly affectionate, follow-us-everywhere, calmer, dogs, I still make sure to pick up STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover from the Super Target in Suwanee for those times that they might be sick or us-humans happen to be klutzy with our coffee, juice or hot chocolate! And, guess what? Between 2/5 – 3/4 you can use Target’s Cartwheel offer and get 25% off STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover!
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What a great list of house training techniques! I have house trained two dogs in my time and still learned something new :) STAINMASTER® Carpet Pet Stain Remover is the perfect addition to your puppy training arsenal! #client
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
Thursday 9th of February 2017
Oh my word - Ollie is so adorable. SO!!!! My kids have been begging for a puppy for years. We have tons of allergies and so I always thought we couldn't have a dog. Then the two with the worst allergies got tested in December, Charlie and me. And guess what. We are NOT allergic to dogs. We are highly allergic to both kinds of dust mites, molds and cockroaches. COCKROACHES!!!! I haven't seen a cockroach in years, since I lived in the south but apparently they are rampant in warehouses that store food all over the country, and their "remnants" come in on grocery cans from the store. TMI. A word to the wise. Wash your cans from the grocery store! Anyway, back to the puppy, once our house gets sold and we find a new place, we will prob. get a puppy or a kitten. My kids will be so thrilled, and I will be so glad to have these training and stain removal tips and know about this great Stainmaster Carpet Pet Stain remover product. Thanks for the tips!
David @ Spiced
Tuesday 7th of February 2017
What a fun post, Shashi! I always love hearing about Ollie and Tawny! Lil Shashi definitely is a dog whisperer if she was able to housetrain a puppy in just two weeks...that's super impressive! I definitely know the importance of keeping carpet cleaning supplies on hand, so thanks for sharing Stainmaster. I'll have to pick some up on my next trip to Target! :-)