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Tips on Housetraining and Dealing with Accidents

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Tips on Housetraining and Dealing with Accidents

I'd like to talk to you about housetraining and dealing with "accidents". Even adult dogs have accidents. How do you deal with them? What are some tips for housetraining?

I know that housetraining can be difficult. I hear stories all the time from puppy (and dog) owners that are dealing with frustrating housetraining issues. There are several very important things to know about housetraining and cleaning up accidents and I'm going to share what I believe are the 3 most important.

1. First, you need to understand what is "normal" for a puppy at a certain age. As a general rule, the length of time that a puppy can wait to urinate is related to its physical age. A good rule of thumb would be one hour for each month of age, give or take an hour. For example, your 3-month old puppy might easily resist urination for three to four hours and should be fine in the crate for that short time.

2. Second, based on those physical limitations, develop a schedule. At a minimum, your puppy needs to go out at the specific intervals mentioned above. Develop a schedule. Set your alarm clock. Figure out who is going to take the puppy out when. Be consistent and develop a routine. Reward your puppy with praise each time he or she successfully goes when taken out. Remember, if you have a four-month old pup, you need to be taking him or her out at least every five hours to avoid accidents.

3. Lastly, know how to clean up accidents. If and when your puppy does have an accident in the house, you should know how to properly clean it up. It is important to completely remove all traces of odors. Dogs are reported to have approximately 40 times more smell-sensing cells in their nasal passages than we do. To that end, they can often smell odors we can't. They will sniff out where they have gone before, recognize it as a place to go, and repeat their "accidents".

Eliminating all urine odor is extremely important! One product that works really well for that is Zero Odor. It attacks the odor molecule and neutralizes it. I've tried just about every product on the market and have had the best luck with this one.

I've used this product on dog urine, dog vomit, diarrhea and cat urine (which is the worst in my opinion), and it has really worked. For a special offer on Zero Odor, go to Zero Odor offer.

One more tip ... If it's necessary to leave your puppy for any length of time, your puppy shouldn't be crated. Instead, consider the use of a baby gate to confine her to a slightly larger area, such as the kitchen or laundry room. This will still allow her to maintain a natural cleanliness because she can eat and sleep away from the areas where she has soiled.

To simplify cleanup and train your new pup to urinate and defecate on a specific surface, place newspapers in the previously soiled area. The use of newspapers, so-called paper training, can be avoided altogether if you can take your puppy outdoors frequently.

I hope this information helps you deal with house training and the subsequent odors.

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