A Housetrained Dog Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Ask

14 Sep

I read a great tip from an article by dog trainer Kathy Diamond Davis the other day.

The question was how to bring an outdoor dog inside. The dog was an adult and had never been housebroken. Her perspective was this:

“I don’t train my dogs to ask when they need to go outside. I take them outside on a schedule. Their bodies easily adjust to wait until the next scheduled [potty break]. I get many questions from people who don’t consider their dogs housetrained until the dog will get their attention and persuade them to stop what they are doing and take the dog out every time the dog needs to go. In many cases, this is expecting too much from the dog.”

Kathy’s distinction between training a dog not to soil the house and training a dog to let you know when he/she needs to go out is important.

Without knowing it, I have trained my dogs the same way. We go outside first thing in the morning, after every meal, whenever I come home (no matter how briefly I’ve been gone) and last thing at night before bed. This way, the dogs have predictable breaks, and they “hold it” until the next break. Of course, if they’re not feeling well, have drunk too much water at the dog park or otherwise need an extra break, they get extra breaks. I also let them out if they’re hanging out at the door.

But I like Kathy’s suggestion that we take responsibility for getting our dogs outside for a potty break, rather than giving that responsibility to our dogs.

Check out Kathy’s book, Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others, or read her blog at

– Lisa


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387 responses to “A Housetrained Dog Doesn’t Necessarily Have to Ask

  1. Dave

    September 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Taking them out on a schedule is a nice idea, but what about those of us who have to work? If you aren’t home on a regular basis I’m not sure how such a plan could be implemented.

    • Casey

      September 3, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      For us working folks it is hard to create a schedule for our pets. I work about 30 min away from my apartment and had to drive back home during my 30 min lunch break just to let the dog out, what a nightmare!!! I lost 10 lbs though, LOL :0) I did some research online and came across a dog potty. I bought one and it totally worked!. Now I dont have to worry about letting my pet out or creating a schedule!. It only took him about a week to get trained to it. The great thing about my dog potty is that it dosen’t smell like gross pee pads. What a great invention!

      • Dog Jackets

        October 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm

        Do you think a dog potty would work for a dog who has separation anxiety and marks when left alone? or How about for a dog who doesn’t like to go out in the rain or snow ? Would probably be worth a try….

    • CK - Pet Owner

      September 8, 2009 at 10:43 pm

      I’ve actually trained my dog to do both. He is on a schedule when I am on a schedule (At work or out). However, when it is just me and him at home, he would tell me when he wants to go. I think it’s great to get your dog used to both ways…..

    • Dino Dogan

      March 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      Great point Dave…every time I drive home for lunch
      (I work about 20 min away in one direction) I think about other pet owners who are in the same boat and perhaps more dedicated than myself driving back and forth almost every day….

      To help myself, I keep my dog in day care 2-3 days a week but that introduces another problem…cost. Its about $20.00 per day and not everyone can afford it…and what if you have 2, 3 or 5 dogs….time to move to a farm I guess… lol

    • yourdogreference

      January 15, 2011 at 1:02 am

      There are a number of options for you – mostly depending on the age of your dog. If you have a puppy, it is unrealistic to expect them to hold it all day. They simply need a break. Either way, I suggest kennel training your dog. It helps your puppy learn to hold it. Another suggestion is litter box training your dog (assuming size is appropriate). It is a much better idea than wee wee pads.

    • roger j

      September 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      One of my co-workers has a dog walking service that he and his wife started and I was surprised to find out just how many dogs they take care of on a weekly basis. They have had to hire four people just to handle the quick potty run.

    • Zero

      October 14, 2012 at 12:43 am

      If you are anyone you know has a Pittbull and need tips on how to train or raise there pitt please visit a blog i have created a few days ago for pittbull training/raising/feeding and much more this is only for pitt bull dogs

      Editor’s Note: That’s a great idea. Anything to help people to know and love these wonderful dogs.

    • Susan Lee

      November 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Its a good idea to use a dog walker to take your dog out at the same time every day. This becomes part of their routine too and helps with their training.

    • Joann

      October 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I am a firm believer (from personal, first hand experience) that owning a pet without BEFOREHAND planning on how you’ll raise it, is just wrong. It feels like common sense, but you certainly wouldn’t have a human child and let it do whatever, right?

      Very great post about info I feel strongly about. Thanks a ton Lisa! (:
      I think you’ll have a treat with this, wanted to share with my fellow dog lovers

      • allpetssuperstore

        October 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

        I know it is difficult to train a dog when working full time. If you have a puppy, or a dog not able to “hold it” for as long as you are gone, consider a stay at home neighbor or pet walking service to come in and take your dog out. A neighbor would be the less expensive option. Start leaving your dog a little longer every week, to train him to “hold it”longer. So, maybe leave him 1 hour for awhile, then 1 1/2 hours, etc. It worked for us and now my dog can stay at home alone for over 9 hours, if needed (we try to not leave her that long)

  2. funstufffordogs

    September 15, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I take my dogs out on a schedule, and we’re a two-income family. I let them out when we wake up, before I leave for work, when the first one of us gets home, after dinner and last thing before bed. It works for adult dogs. For puppies, you have to let them out during the day. To estimate how long a puppy can be expected to wait for a potty break, add one to the number of months old the puppy is: a four-month-old puppy can hold it for five hours.

  3. Maayan Gordon

    September 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Hi, I am a guide dog raiser in Seattle, WA. The puppy I am currently raising is named Shep. I love your blog and I love reading about other people’s pet experiences. I also have a website where I sell pet supplies and i have a blog on it also about guide dogs. I built the site to try and help raise money for guide dogs and other animal charities.

  4. Dog Food Forum

    September 17, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I agree its best to set them up on schedule that way their body can adjust to it and you will know exactly when they will need to go.

  5. Schnauzers

    September 23, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I agree. Dogs need to go outside. They shouldn’t have to tell us it’s time for them too go. They should naturally have plenty of opportunities to get fresh air and take care of business…

  6. Victoria

    September 26, 2008 at 3:12 am

    I totally agree. Our dog is on a great schedule. He goes outside to go potty 3 times a day. Once in the morning, late in the afternoon, and at around 10:30 at night. Great post. I think more dog owners should get their dogs on a similar schedule.
    the quality dog beds girl.

  7. Valerie

    September 26, 2008 at 7:28 am

    I had subscribed to this Free course on Dog Housebreaking and found it to be pretty good.
    It even talks about Housebreaking problems specific to breeds.

  8. DogJest

    September 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I think a schedule is essential, but training them to let you know when they wish to go outside is also doable. I have a bell hanging from the door handle. I keep my dogs on a consistent schedule and every time I let them out I ring the bell. Now on a occasion a dog may ring the bell, often just to go outside and play as they are on a schedule, but I do feel it is useful.

  9. John

    October 1, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Great post by the way. I agree with all the rest! Just like we get on schedules our animals do too. I used to work at a house and his dog right on cue at noon and 3pm would want his daily walk. It was uncanny. We would joke that his dog would start acting up and within minutes he would start getting ancy. Great post!

    – John

  10. Designer Dog Checks

    October 6, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Best way to train them, we hang a ringer on the door and our dog hits it with her nose and boom we get up and let her out.. but before that we did what you said and did a schedule

  11. Valentina

    October 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Very good post. I work from home so it is not a problem for me to take doggie out several times a day (and its also a good break for me). The next door neighbors both work the regular 9.00 to 5.00 so its a long stretch for their dog. They had two options: doggie day care or a dog walker. They chose the latter. She comes every day and takes their doggie for a one hour walk M-F. The dog also gets to socialize with the 3 or 4 other dogs that she has on leash at the same time.



    October 12, 2008 at 1:56 am

    For my yorkie, I trained him to bark at us whenever he wants to go out side and do his business. I usually confirm with him by asking him if he wants to go “pee pee” or “poo poo”, he will bark at me back and runs to the backdoor and wait for me to open the door for him.

  13. Dog Checks

    October 16, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I put a jingle bell on the door that has worked for us

  14. Lindsay

    October 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Good advice. This is what I do with my dog too. He never asks to go out, which I think is kind of weird, but it doesn’t really matter because I take him out on a schedule like you said.

  15. Peter

    October 31, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Dos it’s good animals! +1

  16. housebreaking your dog

    November 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    When I taught my pup how to go outside, I had to take him out every 2 hours.

    The key is praise praise praise after he pottys correctly.

    It took two weeks for him to understand the correct habit.

  17. Karen

    November 12, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I take my 10 year old dog out 7 or 8 times a day and he still poops on the floor almost daily. Two vets say he’s in perfect health. He gets a treat and praise every time he goes outside and I just silently clean up (and fume to myself) when he goes inside. I’m at wits end but will try the bell on the door.

  18. Mike

    November 12, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I think dogs and owner should sing together! Like this strange guy:

    • crazy4dogs

      April 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      OMG that is quite the noise… sound…. song 🙂

  19. Engineering

    November 19, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I built my dog a house outside and he can go to the bathroom when ever he wants to.

  20. stylepup

    December 2, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I had a huge problem training my dog because of my unpredictable hours at work. There was really no way of telling when I’d be home and able to bring him outside. If you can afford it, hire someone to come during the day to let your dog outside. It’s worked wonders for me. I bring him outside when I wake up, then his walker brings him out twice a day, and I bring him out twice more when I get home. He hasn’t had an accident for months! 🙂

  21. all about your dog

    December 4, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Keeping my dog on a schedule was key to my breaking her of the scratching the window problem I had, this is great advice, thanks for the info!

  22. Yvonne Same

    December 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

    My little one uses a litter box at home, but when we travel, he is smart enough to know to hold it when he’s not at his own house! He’s on a schedule when we travel or visit friends. – his blog!!!

  23. 1800PetMeds coupon

    December 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    A schedule is a great idea and so is a certain word or phrase that becomes a trigger to let them know what they’re supposed to do. A friend used to use “Marche, Marche” and eventually when she let her dog out and said those words, the dog would poop, as if on command. It works.

  24. Todd

    January 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I’ve learned to use hand motions and/or body posture to let my dogs know when it’s time go out. And keeping it at a consistent time too. They both really seem to help keep the bad behavior down.

    show off your dog!

  25. Donna

    January 10, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    You need to do what fits your shedule and works for you and your dog.

    When you begin training your puppy a schedule is imparative because puppies need to eliminate more often and of course do not know that it is wrong to eliminate in the house and need to be taught. A rule of thumb is to take them out first thing in the morning, after eating, every 2 hrs. and last thing at night. Adult dogs can control their bladder and can last much longer but the trainingin the beginning sets the stage for later on and they will become used to their routine very quickly if you are consistent. Bells are a good tool and so are dog doors and the use of command words, but a shedule is key.

    If you work all day many dogs if taken out in the am will be good until you get home, depending on the number of hours you work. I once owned a Sheltie that would not eliminate in the house no matter how long you left him, it was amazing how long he could hold it but when we got home he was
    out the door like a flash.

  26. stylepup

    January 10, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Great post!! It can be hard to manage to get your dog out on a schedule if you are working 9 to 5, but invest in a dog walker. With the economy the way it is now, everyone is looking to make an extra buck, and hiring a dog walker is a small price to pay to keep your pooch comfortable and happy.

  27. Nick

    January 21, 2009 at 4:31 am

    That is a great idea. I alway plan to take them out on a schedule. However, I have to work and can not home on a regular time.

  28. Rose

    February 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    What a great suggestion! I think also if our dogs know that they will get walks whether or not we are taking them out to potty they are more compliant. When I tell Buckwheat to “hurry up” he knows to go poo.

  29. Dog Hair Dog Hair

    February 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing this tip. I agree that it’s important to get the dog on a good schedule.

  30. All Natural Dog Treats

    February 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I really like your great idea. It is funny how we try to put the responsibility on our dogs and then get mad at them when they don’t do what is right. We should be responsible enough to create a routine for them and follow it so they know what to expect.

  31. jANNA

    February 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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  32. Puppy Crate Training Tips

    February 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I definitely agree. The onus of taking your dog out should be in the routine that you develop. But hopefully, if your dog has to go before your next regular potty visit, he will learn to let you know.

  33. Puppy

    March 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I definitely agree. The onus of taking your dog out should be in the routine that you develop. But hopefully, if your dog has to go before your next regular potty visit, he will learn to let you know.

  34. Black Labradors

    March 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Yes the best way to go about it would be getting them on a regular schedule. It will be easier on them and you.

  35. Types Of Dogs

    March 23, 2009 at 9:28 am

    We both work and you’d be surprised how well your dog can adapt to a schedule if you stick to it. Taking your dog out in the morning at a regular fixed time and then again in the afternoon will give the dog some structure. Given enough time, your dog will get synchronized with your schedule.

  36. Mushers Market

    March 30, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. Thank you kindly for sharing!

  37. Dog Bedding

    April 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    We employ a little bit of scheduled potty breaks and our dogs tell us when they need to go outside by sitting by the door. I guess we should go to scheduled breaks exclusively. Good information.

  38. Angie - Pet Meds

    April 2, 2009 at 12:36 am

    I heard about Katy’s book before too. Nice post.

  39. Imado Glover

    April 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Good stuff! I take my little mutt out on a schedule too. Kathy is right that they will adjust. And Crosby will remind me when I forget. That’s his time to go walk about town, sniff some butts, read his pee-mail and maybe set up a doggy date for the weekend.

  40. K-9 Yard Service

    April 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Dogs are very intelligent animals and can alert you when they need to go outside. I do agree however, i8t’s best to get them use to a schedule they can predict. There will be times your pet is not feeling well or just plain mad and will do their “business” inside. If you can’t be on a regular schedule, think about getting a doggy door installed.

  41. Lauren

    April 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Kathy,

    I do that too and I can confirm that it works! Thanks for sharing this great info.

  42. Denise

    April 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve also noticed that with the dogs that my parents have raised to “alert them” when they want to go outside, that the dogs have a habit of false alerting, because they hear a noise, want to play or just want to be outside. This can be problematic in the middle of the night, or in the evenings when people are trying to watch tv and clearly the dog wants attention more than he wants to go outside.

  43. Saved Pets

    April 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I think this is a great idea. I can’t stand when friends and family don’t understand why their pets go in the house when they only let them out when their dog lets them “know”. I guess im lucky i don’t have a fenced yard so i always have to take my dogs out on a lead. Only a few accidents in the house when they were puppies and its been years since they’ve gone in the house from taking them out every few hours.

  44. k9 Strike Team

    April 28, 2009 at 11:45 am

    We specialize in this sort of training

  45. Dog Vitamins

    April 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    That’s great advice. I have a new puppy that I am trying to “potty train” and having a difficult time. I am going to try this method, since mine isn’t working very well.

  46. Dog Checks

    April 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

    havent seen you update the blog in a while, are things going ok?

  47. Animals Away

    May 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

    If you are lucky enough to get your dog to tell you when they need to go out that is great but I agree with scheduling if you can get them on one. Dogs adjust easily to schedules. My dog knows that every morning he will be going out at exactly 630AM and at 630 on the dot he strolls over to their door.

    • Miniature Dogs FAQ

      September 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

      That’s really amazing and lucky of you. While there are many who have to stick to a schedule and have to look after their dog’s outing needs.

  48. L. Poulopoulos

    May 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    This was a great find! I work with dogs all the time that have this very issue. The older they get the more set in their ways they are.

    I find the schedule method to be the best personally. The more I force specific times, the quicker they move in that direction.

    I also have noticed that feeding dogs at specific times and then “picking up the food” if they are not done will help them get in schedule as well. It was hard at first to do, because you feel like they could be ‘starving’. But in the end, if they are hungry, they will eat. This really helps you find the perfect “time” to let them go outside, which helps housebreak them for sure.

  49. Dogasaur

    May 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Wow so many comments to this post! I think the larger picture of this info is about being familiar with the nonverbal cues from your dog.

    We love this DVD. It helps people learn to do this.

  50. University of Doglando

    May 11, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I agree having a schedule is the best, and probably easiest way to “potty train” a dog. In order to get myself to do something, like work out, I need to make it a part of my routine. How could I expect anything more from my greyhound?

  51. Larry

    May 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

    always looking for good information and this article was helpful

  52. Baby Pushchairs

    May 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I totally agree with this advice. Taking responsibility yourself rather than expecting your dog to do it makes a lot of sense.

  53. oneshotbeyond

    May 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I envy people who have dogs who speak or circle to let them know it’s time to go out. I have to take my doberman out on a schedule too or guess when to take her.

  54. pet

    June 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    great post and blog- enjoy reading it

  55. epie

    June 11, 2009 at 7:32 am

    nice blog……. i love any dog.. please visite back..

  56. Chris

    June 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I used to have a Shih-Tzu that would do this weird bouncing jumping act in front of us when he had to go. Guess it was the dog equivalent of the pee dance, lol.

  57. BlindGoldfish

    June 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

    wow i never knew that there was such a situation where people only take their dogs out for walks when the dog get’s their attention. i mean my uncle takes his dog out for 3 times a day. morning afternoon and night)after dinner) i mean it looks like it works fine. but to have people that don’t take their dogs out for a walk and only when they feel like never occurred to me. i mean a dog is a living thing and it is your responsibility to take of it when you took it home with you. that is how i is see it.

  58. Anthony Albert

    July 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Taking your dog out on a daily schedule is a very good idea. Using a daily schedule for your pet is the best way to house breawking your pet. Getting them into a routine will train their bodies to wait and go to the bathroom. Very good article.

    Anthony Albert

  59. DDums

    July 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for reminding me. I was trying to teach DD how to tell me she needed to go outside. I think I will stick to a schedule. DD and her sister 2D go out on leashes. They love to go outside!

  60. Louis

    July 12, 2009 at 12:38 am

    It would seem like common sense to get your dogs on a schedule. First off, it’s better for the dog. Secondly the schedule will train your dogs to better adjust to your time schedule. What’s more, this will make it easier to separate when your dog really needs to go out for potty, versus when they just want to got out and play. My neighbor dogs are always luring my two Golden Retrievers out.

  61. Chris | To Train a Dog

    July 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Schedules are by far the easiest way to go, once your dog is on a bathroom schedule you and your dog will be much happier and you will know what to expect.

  62. Lisa

    July 20, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Great perspective! I recently took in a stray dog, whom I’m currently fostering. It seems like he’s been outside his whole life so this is some helpful advice for potty training Oscar 🙂

  63. Dog Breed Dictionary

    July 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    That is a very interesting perspective on potty training.

    I had never really thought of it that way, but it seems fairly logical. My parents seem to have done this with their dogs unknowingly.

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    July 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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  66. Gossip Dog

    July 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I have to disagree — I think most pooches enjoy a schedule but still need to have the freedom to “ask” when they need to do their business.

    XOXO woof woof, Gossip Dog.

  67. webdonuts

    August 1, 2009 at 11:56 am

    My dogs go in and out but the real problem is the space. Dogs need more space then my little suburban backyard. I work in an area that has a lot of dogs who are chained up and outside which I don’t like but that inspired this cartoon which is just a dog making the best of it.

  68. Gabbie

    August 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

    yeah, that’s a really nice thing to do…i usually take my dog out on schedule, this is one good way of teaching dogs on potty training

  69. Mark

    August 4, 2009 at 10:49 am

    That is so true about keeping your dog on a schedule so that they ask you to go outside. I normally stick to morning and night, and this has stopped our dog from going to the bathroom under the bed 😦

  70. Hundehalsband

    August 17, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    My dog tells me if it is urgent and he must go. I have teached it subliminal. But I do not know how.

  71. ann

    August 18, 2009 at 8:37 am

    this is great advice. my dog scratches at the door in the mornings when she needs to go out and i thought it was a good thing. will have to work on a more regular timed morning schedule.

  72. German Rottweiler breeders

    August 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I very much agree with the assessment in this article, we’re a German Rottweiler breeder and this is exactly the attitude we take with house-training our pups.

  73. Chris

    August 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    When we first got our lab puppy, I took off 2 weeks to make sure I could establish a frequent schedule of breaks. After the two weeks were up, we slowly started to increase the time between breaks. The most important factor though was to make sure that one of us kept an eye on the puppy at all times to prevent accidents.

  74. Dogster Dog

    August 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    That is a great tip. I feel like once you get to know the dog, you can almost anticipate when he needs to potty! Training dogs reminds me of this organization who uses inmates in prison to train dogs for service! amazing!

  75. Anne Marie Roy

    August 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Yes I definitely agree… walking your dog on a regular basis is a good idea. Plus it is a good exercise and not to mention a good chance to meet potential lover who are just like you a dog lover too!
    *wink* *wink*

  76. Jared

    August 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    A schedule is a great idea and makes sense

    …wouldn’t housebreaking an outside dog be sort of similar to housebreaking a puppy? With both, you have to be prepared to spend some quality time taking him/her out.

    On the other hand, the outside dog might already think that any place is good enough to “claim” – so it could be tricky depending on the dog…

    …but I really like the scheduling idea – keeping a schedule, whether for breaks or feeding, is a great way to keep fido healthy 😀


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  79. Lauren

    September 9, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Great post! I think this is a really interesting way of looking at training your dog to go to the bathroom. So often it is thought to be the dog’s responsibility to let their owner know when they need to go outside. I think it would be beneficial to all parties involved if we take the responsibility for letting our dogs outside. I also agree with your point that sometimes extra breaks are necessary, when the dog is sick, or drank too much at the water park, ect.

  80. Gilbert@Miniature Dogs Online

    September 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Informative blog post on a very much talked about topic. This should clear all doubts regarding taking dogs out and the others. I usually take the puppies out after a few minutes they are done with their meal, as it takes 15-30 minutes before the food is digested and the dog will need to defecate. If it is an adult dog though, some people get the misconception that exercising the dog right after eating will burn off all of those calories. This should be taken into caution as in some cases too much exercise after a meal can cause bloat which can even result in death.

  81. 1800PetMeds Blog

    September 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    That was a nice read! I learned some good points.

    My lhasa apso is a bit stubborn at times and unruly! But I love him anyways 🙂

  82. Nokia 5530

    September 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    very informative post.I train my dog on my Nintendo DS handheld.Have you heard of the game Nintendogs.It is a must play game for every dog lover.He will obey all your orders and behave just in the same way as your real dog.It also shows emotions and the best part is it it connected to real world.That means even when you turn off your DS the clock will be running and your have to take care of your dog everyday if you care for him.

  83. Gabbie

    September 15, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I agree that it is the our responsibility as dog owners to take our dogs outside on schedule rather than giving that responsibility to our dogs. It is also a great way to teach our beloved dog about discipline as well as proper dog behavior.

  84. New Year Offers

    September 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Thankyou very much for this useful post.Can someone answer my question.
    My dog is 11 weeks old, and she likes everyone she sees… even if it is someone she doesn’t even know. I hate the fact that she keeps on playing with little kids, she’s only 2 lbs, I am worried she’ll get hurt. I want to know how to make her stop liking people? I hope it’s actually possible.

  85. Des

    September 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Great post – very useful. Thanks!

  86. Tom

    September 17, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    This makes absolute sense, this is how we train all of dogs to hold it…dogs need YOU to put them on a routine, once they see the pattern it doesn’t take them long to catch on. Puppies just can’t hold it as long but they eventually get it too

  87. Ty

    September 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    This distinction makes things much clearer… I have a better idea of potty training for dogs now.

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  89. Jorden

    October 3, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Great post – totally agree – so helpful for them to have a schedule. Thanks for the great reminder!

  90. Jack Russell

    October 7, 2009 at 7:49 am

    We built our dogs a home in the garden and he can go to the bathroom when ever he wants to.

  91. Small Dog Training

    October 9, 2009 at 3:23 am

    A dog’s psyche is designed to release the maximum amount of tension or stress through hunting behaviors. Long walks are a vague analogue of the “search” aspect of hunting, so they do work to wear a dog out, but not as completely as what you’re doing. (By making him work to focus on you and stay with you, you’ve become part pack member, part large prey animal…)

  92. Healthy Pets

    October 11, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I have my pet dog trained to do her business outside all the time but yes, the author does have a point that a housetrained dog must be considered. After all, responsible dogs must have responsible dog owners.

  93. Woofah

    October 11, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I must admit I do a silly things, whenever I am home the back door is open. Taj the terror goes when he wants.

  94. sand

    October 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    walking a dog on regularly is absolutely necessary. It’s part of one’s committment for having a dog.

  95. Kevin

    October 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Great advice! Very good ideas for training your dog by getting them on a schedule. Although, it does pose somewhat of a problem for people who have to work. Thanks again for the info!

  96. Geoffrey Acidane

    October 29, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Such a fantastic read…thankyou for giving us such quality information. I recently bought a crate for my puppy and the rewards so far have been outstanding…my little pup feels safe in his home away from home, its amazing. I found heaps of great dog crate information and have used it to great effect! Thanks again for the great article.

  97. Jonathan

    November 2, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Great advice, thanks.

  98. kangal

    November 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    thanks very helpful

  99. Ben Parker

    November 9, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I totally agree the dog will get used to the schedule. our dog will wine if we don’t take him at the usuall time.

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    November 14, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Nice post. that`s for sure, it takes time to get used to it.

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    November 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I must admit you have given very nice tip

  104. Wendy Faith Laymon

    November 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Keeping your dog on a schedule is great advice.

  105. Dog Carriers

    November 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I agree, you should try and create a schedule that you and your dog can achieve. Leaving too long though between breaks can lead to accidents that are no fault of your dogs.

  106. Sandra Scott

    November 29, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I agree that dogs need to be on a schedule and shouldn’t have to tell us when they want to go outside. I do not think it’s fair to have a dog if you are away for long periods of time. Much as I would love to have a dog, I won’t have one until I’m in a position to be able to work from home.

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    November 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Dogs need to go out on their own terms. But this is proof that they are still the best pets around.

  108. Stacie Morris

    November 30, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Getting your dog on a schedule is the best thing in the world cause then you can leave them home and not have to worry that they will have accidents while your gone. I take my dog out first thing in the morning and then about 3 to 4 times during the day and then we go on a long walk so he can get exercise. Then he goes out right before bed.

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  110. Robert

    December 2, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I am bad about this, i’ll get to watching tv and I forget that i have to take them outside, but they remind me when they make a mess.

    I have always heard to take them outside every 20 minutes to build a routine. If you have a kennel it seems to train them faster.

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  112. Hemmroids

    December 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I agree its best to set them up on schedule that way their body can adjust to it and you will know exactly when they will need to go.

  113. Meyer

    December 3, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Well I think discipline should maintain once a while……

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    December 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Both our dogs are house trained, however that being said if I neglect to put on their pink collars they sometimes pee in the house to tick us off! I have found that I have to walk them for the two to go pee and poop regularly. If I neglect to walk them accidents happen.

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    December 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I think its important to follow a house training schedule as well.

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  118. Chet

    December 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

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  119. Kate Does Dog Drawings

    December 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    When we trained our dog, Benny, we trained him to go out after every meal and at set times as well. We also trained him to poop in the same spot in the yard – which was great, because we did not have to hunt around for the poop. Now that we have moved, we never retrained him and he goes everywhere in the yard – lots of fun when you are playing in the yard 🙂

  120. christian

    December 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It can be sometimes hard to train dogs but with little love and commpasion it will seem much easier. I remember my dog but he’s not with me any more because we had to put him down because he had cancer.

  121. Dog Poop

    December 12, 2009 at 11:33 am

    The schedule definitely works. That’s what we did with our golden. The only thing is you can’t dismiss the schedule system if it’s not working completely when they’re young because before about 3 months the control just wasn’t there so the schedule had to be shortened up and still, every now and then there were accidents.
    Once she got some control we don’t need to worry about a schedule really since she’ll hold it until she’s outside. They don’t want to pee in their Den/House so just give them another option!

  122. Designer

    December 17, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I’m going to have to give this a try. Always been someone who trusted my dog’s instincts but realized he was starting to use his bathroom breaks as an excuse to get outside more to play.

    Has anyone had luck re-training a dog to go on a schedule who has been going out when they give the signal on their own? My biggest concern is it’ll confuse him and there will be a few accidents.

  123. Dog Behaviorist MN

    December 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Great article. Dogs are very rhythmic in there lifestyles. When they are on a consistent schedule, they are typically very patient and easy to handle in all situations, most importantly, during potty time!

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    December 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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    December 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

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  130. leanne

    January 6, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I have trained my dog like this he has regular potty breaks on the odd occasion he will wine to go out for a wee which is good i think.

  131. Precious

    January 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    My dog is “potty trained” in the sense that she’d definitely prefer to mark her spot outside! I find it cruel to only offer a dog two potty breaks a day. It’s common sense- I try to give her a break after each meal, in the afternoon, and right before bed- kind of like my own potty schedule. If you don’t provide that for your dog, it’s your own fault if they have a mistake. Just like my kids, we have designated “potty times” before we leave the house- even if they think they don’t need to go they will 3o minutes later on the car ride!

  132. Matt

    January 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Great advice. It’s so important to keep a schedule with your dog. Otherwise they are guessing when they are going to go out next. This is especially important for puppies so they learn at a young age.
    Great post.

  133. Potty Patch

    January 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I have found that potty training my dog was pretty simple, we take out dogs out on potty breaks 4 times a day, morning, lunch, dinner and right be bed. Doing this has also helped me lose some weight also. Love my dogs 🙂


  134. Vicki

    January 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Great article. I have my dog adjusted to my schedule, but I am reallly lucky she isn’t one of those dogs that thinks she has to go every couple of hours.

  135. Brent

    January 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I agree, it helps to have dogs adjusted to a schedule. Good thing is it doesn’t take them too long.

  136. Andrea

    January 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Taking your dogs out on a schedule is a good way to go. Their bodies will adjust to the schedule in time and it is a good way to avoid having to get up and open the door for them to go out every 15 minutes. That can be tiresome. Thanks for the great training tips.

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  138. Guinness

    January 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    we do the same with our dog. She is now 4.5 years old so she know how to tell us when she needs to go but most of the time we do our best to take her out more often than she really needs so she doesn’t ever have to feel she needs to hold her business.

    We fostered 2 sweet baby german shepherds and we tried to do the same thing. Take them out 15 times a day just so they don’t go inside but it was harder said than done! Sometimes they were great but sometimes we would come back in and then pee inside! Yikes.

    I think potty training comes with age and repetitiveness. But yes the only thing we can do is be as consistent as possible with it and be VERY patient!

    I do appreciate this blog post because I see too many dog owners not taking their dogs out for walks multiple times a day!

  139. chris

    February 5, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I have a basset hound and she’s pretty particular about her schedule and has me on a short leash, especially getting up at 6:25 every day 15 minutes prior to my alarm….ergggg
    If we could only talk to them.

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  142. Beth Bridges

    February 19, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    It’s a nice idea, but what about people who work all day. With a commute, it could be 10 hours a day that you’re gone. Of course, maybe that’s not the best life for a dog (to be alone so much).

  143. Alan Heiner

    February 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    We have 2 dogs and they are trained to let us know when they need to go out. We are fortunate to be able to stay home with our pets. We have noticed that if we take them outside before we go someplace and then put them in their kennels, they are able to adjust and wait until we get back.

  144. Interesting Dog Facts

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  145. dave

    March 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Totally agree with you here.

  146. Brett

    March 7, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Dogs are adaptable creatures. I think it’s good if you try to keep to a schedule but also teach your dogs to let you know when they need to go out, both are possible.

  147. Large Dog Beds

    March 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Our dogs are on a schedule, but there are also times when they’ll let us know they need to go out badly. Like the other night at 3AM. And I’m glad he woke me up because I wouldn’t have wanted to clean up that mess!

  148. Aneil

    March 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I absolutely agree with this point on training dogs on a schedule. I had two dogs that ended up trained to go on a pee pad when we lived in an apartment. The main reason is because we took them out at totally random times and they were always rewarded as puppies to go on the pad. When we finally moved to a house, all we did was take them out at regular times and in no time they actually got into the habit of telling us when they wanted to go out if we missed the schedule or they drank a little too much water. 🙂

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    March 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I agree its best to set them up on schedule that way their body can adjust to it and you will know exactly when they will need to go

  151. NoNiceTime

    March 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Just be consistant

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  153. Anne

    March 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    What a great post. Your words are exactly what I’ve been writing in my articles for years! Be preemptive – plan and think ahead, stick to a schedule and make it EASY for the dog to do it right. In the end it’s so much easier than leaving the poor dog to make mistakes and punishing him for them.

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  154. Rob

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Housetraining dogs is hard work, but thankyou for the info!


    March 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I agree with a lot of aspects of this post, especially that we need to hold ourselves responsible for our dogs — not expect them to notify us each and every time they need to relieve themselves.

    We’ve learned that the schedule of our Australian Cattle Dog, who will sometimes consume large amounts of water, is very different from our Norwegian Elkhound. He can go several hours without needing a potty break; the ACD cannot.

    Each dog, like each person, is unique.
    Thank you for this!

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  157. Susie Samuel

    April 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    This is a really good point, letting dogs out regularly as well as when they ask to go out makes training quicker and much easier for them to ‘get it right’. I think a lot of dog owners probably do this without even thinking about it, letting their dog out first thing, lunch time and when they get home from work etc.


    April 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    My dog recently started laying down by the door as breaks are needed. I agree that established schedules are always good, especially for younger dogs.

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    April 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Spring is here. Temperature is rising. Your dog will start drinking more water than normal. This means more frequent eliminations. Be vigilant and give your dog constant access to water as well as access to the outside.

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  162. Mark

    April 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    The 3 Cs for housetraining all the way!
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  163. Husky Ownr

    April 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    We have 3 dogs and have found it better that they are on a schedule. Otherwise, they’d be in and out all the time!

  164. Animals Away

    April 28, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Proper house training is key to having a happy relationship with your puppy! It’s not only beneficial for you but for them and your overall relationship. Put them on a schedule, just like potty training a child it takes time and persistance. it’s out responsibility as dog owners to properly train and take care of our pets, and not expect them to tell us things.

  165. Katy

    April 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    That’s really interesting how the woman taught the dog’s to hold it until their scheduled potty breaks. I just let my dog out whenever she starts bugging me, but she actually likes to hang out outside so it would be unfair to me to only allow her out at scheduled times.

    When she was about a year old, I actually taught her to ring some bells that I hung on the backdoor so she would let me know when she needed to go outside, and she totally got the hang of it real quick, it was actually really helpful, because she is always wanting something from me. And, it’s helpful to know when exactly she wants to go outside and when she just wants some attention. 🙂

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    May 23, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Scheduled potty breaks work during week days but the tough part is during weekends when you want to sleep a little bit longer then my dog will come and remind me of our potty breaks rule in a “tonguy” way.

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    I own a male boxer named Sox. I have also trained him well. He is a good and a fast learner. Need not allow me to make much effort. I love my dog. And he also takes a good care for me.

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    June 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Every morning after feeding my dogs, I let them go out in the garden as they are used to relieve themselves after eating. After a brief shower, I take them both for a long walk. I also have the chance of being able to bring my dogs at work. They will spend most of the day sleeping. I sometimes take them out again after their afternoon meal.

  176. Raise My Puppy

    July 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I find if you train your dog to “ask” to go outside it naturally leads to a schedule.

    I think whether you should train your dog to ask or put him/her on a schedule depends on how available you are. If you live in a house where people are always around then it’s okay to train your dog to ask. An added benefit is that your dog gets to go outside whenever he/she wants. On the other hand if you can’t be around all the time or are simply too lazy to let your dog out there will be a lot of stress for both you and your dog. If you’re in a place where there aren’t people around all the time getting your dog on a schedule is important.

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  177. Kanine

    July 8, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I absolutely agree with this point on training dogs on a schedule. I had two dogs that ended up trained to go on a pee pad when we lived in an apartment. The main reason is because we took them out at totally random times and they were always rewarded as puppies to go on the pad. When we finally moved to a house, all we did was take them out at regular times and in no time they actually got into the habit of telling us when they wanted to go out if we missed the schedule or they drank a little too much water.

  178. Pet Sitter Maggie

    July 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I agree taking them out on a schedule makes all the difference in the world. Interesting to note, the same applies for toddlers! We are potty training our granddaughter and she never asks to go potty, we just put her on the potty on a schedule, like the pup and voila! she goes!

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  180. Geoff

    July 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Hi, I found your blog and enjoyed this post. It’s interesting how you can teach your dog to hold it until the scheduled breaks.

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  182. jennyann

    July 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    That was the best advise I’ve heard for bringing in dogs. I have two little ones Cowboy & Codi who I taught the break system too and when we moved into our new house and installed a doggie door they just used it on their own.

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    July 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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    When we trained our Weimaraner, we used Blue Dog Bakery treats as a reward. Our dog would know that after going on a walk and going to the bathroom, she would get a nice delicious treat. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog!

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    August 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Sure glad to have found your post. Good advice about scheduling the dogs breaks on a regular time or interval. When we moved to a townhouse from a farm we followed the routine you suggested and were extremely pleased with the results.

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  191. Puppy Training Guy

    August 31, 2010 at 11:06 am

    We taught one dog to bark when they wanted out, another to ring the bell when they wanted out. What we got was a lot of barking and bell ringing. They like being out and always wanted to be out. Now all our dogs go out at specific times and that is what works best.

  192. Sherman Unkefer

    September 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I have never had a problem with house training my beagle. She was an outdoor dog when I got her but she took to potty training easily. Even now at 12 years old Molly is able to “hold it” until I get home from work and has very few accidents. We do keep to the best schedule we’re able to with everyone at work and school. I guess we’re fortunate to have had the success we’ve had with our great dog!

  193. KozyDogs

    September 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    My pup house trained rather quickly which is great now he is on a schedule. But I love to take him for a walk to go and see other places too.

  194. Val Heart

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  195. Alexandra

    September 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    My 9 year old dog Lisen and I sort of have a routine with our walks. Still, if she really needs an extra walk sometime, she knows just how to make me understand her.

    Dogs are so smart!

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    Once they are made to understand that only their master has the power to decide whether they can go out or not they have no choice but to adapt to that situation.

  197. Rick

    October 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    That is the way I teach my dogs as well. If they want to go out between scheduled times, they ask, each one in a different way.

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    October 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Has any one tried that “potty pad’ advertised on TV, where they show the dog(s) SITTING while doing their business. Obviously no one in their advertising department has any experience with dogs.

    By the way, great blog.

  200. crystallovesdogtraining

    November 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    A schedule definitely is helpful if you can do that. I found that timing is everything when using a reward system.. Dogs have short memories and you want them to make the connection between the treat and the behavior. Reward him immediately every time he succeeds.

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  202. john shupe

    November 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I take it on my self three times a day to get my dog out and my self . I feel bad for any dog who is subjectted to be strained to be inm doors to long and hold there own to any owner. And of course my dog is very outspoken when it wants to be out in the open. Regardless pets should be able to releive themselves when ever they can. A good schedule I guess . As long as its a consistant one would work .

  203. Caylee Hunter

    November 17, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I think it is very important to have your dog on a potty schedule. It should be up to the master to make sure he gets outside. I am very fortunate though, because my dog either sits by the door and waits or comes and gets me and makes noise so I will follow him. He has been very good at only going outside. I always let him out after he has had a meal and in the morning and before bed.

  204. Kama-gran

    November 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    And what about the lonely people, zapracowanymi. It is difficult, despite the sincere desire to truly take care of the dog. I chose loneliness :((((( of love for dogs

  205. Dog boarding

    November 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Given the number of replies you’ve had to this post its a difficult and emotive issue for many. Personally I’ve never had a problem with my dogs having access to the outside as they have required but I can understand that if you are working and live in an apartment that regular outside visits is much more difficult. Actually my current dog would prefer to go when she has walked for 500 yards/meters at least, though she pees everywhere all the other dogs do as well.

  206. Jessica Chapman

    November 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’m just stumbling onto this website, it’s great. Come back and start posting again!

  207. dogs

    November 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Great Site. Just liked it.

  208. House Cleaning Minneapolis

    December 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Scheduling is key. They and you will get used to it and potty in the house will not be an issue.

  209. The Dogteacher

    December 17, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Dogs are really easy to train upon having a proper way of doing it.

  210. Grant

    December 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    that is some great advice to people who have been frustrated and cant seem to get their pets trained. just start making it habituary

  211. Lindsey Bennett

    December 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Luckily I didnt have a problem training my dalmation – I rescued her from a puppy farm where she was kept outside in a stable, when I got her home she had an accident in the house and was that petrified I figured she had been given a pretty hard time in these situations – she has never had an accident in the house since. My friend on the other hand has had a terrible time training her 2 weimaraners who whenever out of their crate mess all over the kitchen. She triad all sorts from puppy pads to sprays – nothing seems to help. I guess some of us are just luckier than others!

  212. Fort Lauderdale dog sitter

    December 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I think this is spot on advice. I don’t know why friends and family don’t “get it” and wonder why their pets go in the house.

  213. Cheryl

    January 14, 2011 at 1:32 am

    One of the most improtant things to remember why toilet training your dog is to be persistant. Do not stop and start the training. It will take a lot of time and effort on your part. Once you start – continue and you should see results in a few short days., Good luck.

  214. yourdogreference

    January 15, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I think both methods hold merit. Personally, I put puppies on a “schedule” until they are old enough to ask to go out. Even at this point, I will take them out periodically whether they ask or not. My current puppy I was able to fully housebreak by 11 weeks with this method. I would take him out regularly, but each time I took him out I showed him how I wanted him to ask. Before you know it, they will be asking right before your scheduled times and you have a housebroken puppy 🙂

  215. Canine Joint Suppliments

    January 15, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Very good blog. well, i completely agree with you. pets should be make accustomed to your routine

  216. Ginger Eldridge

    January 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    True, true for those of you who do work. Is it not possible to have a doggy door put in? I was very against this with my first dog and when i finally got one…oh my gosh…it was wonderful! Some of you may live in an apartment, so i realize the doggy door is not an option. Maybe train your dog to go in a cat litter box? just a thought…

  217. Miami dog

    January 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Great blob with plenty of comments, for the family that has a busy lifestyle the doggy door is the way to go.


    January 26, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Wow! Great post with some good points. At the end of the day, dogs are a creature of habit (like all animals) and so a schedual definately helps in training.

  219. Pet Sitter Los Angeles

    January 27, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog! we hang a ringer on the door and our dog hits it with her nose and boom we get up and let her out.

  220. Tricia Fagan CPDT-KA

    February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Take them out on a schedule, please! A brilliant idea.

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    Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed

  221. Breeder of Cavaliers and Biewer Terriers

    February 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I agree with this concept and use a schedule as much as possible. It doesn’t take long for them to learn the routine. I’m a firm believer that a dog is only as well trained as its owner!

  222. Dog Lover

    March 4, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Great post and comments. I guess it all depends on the dog owner’s lifestyle and how he plans the potty training to be effective.

  223. Dog Lover

    March 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Its incredibly hard to try and create a routine for my dog, I work all over the place. Whats the best thing I can do?

  224. rani

    March 15, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I agree with this concept and use a schedule as much as possible. It doesn’t take long for them to learn the routine. Maybe train your dog to go in a cat litter box? just a thought…

  225. Comfy Control Harness

    March 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Housetraining is often a challenge with some dogs, don’t you think? Thanks for the post.

  226. The New York Dog Shop

    March 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Great info, thanks!!

  227. Dogtrainingfan

    April 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Great post. I also always stick to a schedule with my little spaniel. She goes for walkies first thing and straight away when I finish work at 2pm. Then about 9pm for another walk. We don’t have a garden as such, this is not such a bad thing as I have take her for a wallky 3 times a day – which keeps us both fit. If I had a garden, I’m quite lazy , so I would probably be tempted just to let her out to do her stuff! My website has some really good dogtraining videos for anyone who is interested.

  228. Dog pillows and beds

    April 4, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Good post. I agree in certain cases I think it is asking a lot for your dog to have to let you know that they need a potty break.

    I also think if you are aware of your dog’s needs your dog will let you know (in his own way) that he needs a potty break even if he is not formally trained to do this.

  229. charlotte dog whisper

    April 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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  230. Deborah Northcutt

    April 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Dogs will be dogs and conditioning them to be taken out at a regular schedule and interval makes it easier for them and for the owner as well. Still, in scheduling the owner needs to be aware of the needs of the dog, this way, both the owner and the dog can enjoy the experience of going outside.

  231. Ysabelle Lawrence

    April 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I agree with this article. Like humans, dog’s body can adjust to the daily routine naturally. 🙂 You’ll be amazed about the outcome of this kind of training. I did it with my dog too btw. ^^

  232. Minette @

    April 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This is exactly how my household works!! My 11 year old only barks if he is sick, otherwise he sticks to our household schedule. My one year old just eyeballs the door then eyeballs me!! And, my pup whines. They all have their ways, but ultimately its about ME getting them outside in a timely manner!

  233. Paula

    April 22, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Good info! Thanks for sharing it with us on your blog.

  234. BonBonChihuahuas

    April 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    This article was a great find as I am about to bring an outdoor Chihuahua in! Thanks!!!

  235. Electric fence for dogs

    May 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I didnt know that they need extra breaks when drinking too much water.

  236. Terence Doonan

    May 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Some dogs are easier to train than others, but you are correct in letting your dog out at morning and after each meal and late at bedtime, Keep up the good work, Great stuff.

  237. German shepherd

    May 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Great post, keep posting. Thank you for your article, really used. Very nice blog will comeback again.

  238. Lori Northrop

    May 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I agree you have to get your puppy or dog on a schedule. I crate trained my puppies so that taught them to “hold it” while I was at work.

  239. Liz Snape

    May 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love this – we do need to take the responsibility of taking our dogs outside whether they are begging to go or not, we establish routines for our babies/children – why would we not for our dogs? Routines are important as it gives them rules/boundaries/limitations and also it gives them a way to look forward to certain times in their day!

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  241. udi amr

    June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Yes but your pets need also to be clean and get solution against flea and ticks.
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    June 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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  243. dogs4ever

    June 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I totally agree with the first thing in the morning and after each meal. Another way of training I use is the newspaper method. It’s not hard and you need about a week to dedicate to the task. You need to decide on a certain spot in your home where you want your dog to do its business and use treats for a reward so the dog knows he or she is pleasing you. Don’t forget to praise the dog. Most importantly, be patient and persistent. Dogs want to please their owners. Accidents are going to happen and when they do, turn away from your dog and don’t talk to the dog. No treats and always remove the dog’s water bowl before retiring for the evening.

  244. Halo Dogs Ltd

    June 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Absolutely correct on this one. Routine, routine, routine

    If you wait for your dog to ask to go outside, you are leaving them inside for too long!

  245. Butters

    June 17, 2011 at 9:37 am

    We have a mini cowbell by our front door, but our puppy hasn’t quite figured out how to use it yet. We take him out every few hours, but if he needs to go between scheduled breaks, he will sit by the door and stare at his leash! Most of the time…

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    June 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

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  248. The Harry and Lola Scottie Dog Blogh

    July 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Harry and Lola are two rescue Scotties we adopted in December 2010. Both needed some work on potty re-training and we did exactly what the article said. We haven’t had one accident. So I’d say it works, too.
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  250. Catherine

    July 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    A schedule is a great idea, but sometimes puppies and older dogs need to go out more often. Fortunately I have a doggie door, what a savior. Prior to the door I did do scheduled walks, and just accepted the occasional accident

  251. Dog Lover

    July 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

    All our dogs have schedules hen they go out. First they go out early in the morning and around 5pm in the afternoon. They don’t actually pee inside the house or something. They are used to have schedules when nature calls. We also have one dog, who does not have any schedule, but every time he needs to take a leak he actually faces the door (meaning he really needs to go). Or if we do tend to ignore him, like if were busy, he licks us to death until we take him outside. Really smart dog. 🙂

  252. PetnVet Finder

    August 3, 2011 at 2:11 am

    House trained dogs show obvious signs when they need to go out, but there are others who know that they need to get out but can’t figure out how to get there. So, taking a dog out for potty training is important for them to get used to a fixed schedule. It also brings you and your dog closer.

  253. dog walking glasgow

    August 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I think dogs need to have a schedule and structure. Great post

  254. Probiotics

    August 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    It is really at a great advantage if you train your dogs at a very young age, so you won’t have problems with him inside the house. The very first thing that you really have to teach your pets is the potty-training, afterwards you can then teach them a few fun tricks like fetch, sit, stay and etc. It sure is fun having lovable pets around, but that kind of fun also entails responsibilities.

  255. VJ

    August 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I have to say just reading the comments and the exchange on this article has been very informative. I think the importance of schedule and in just more broadly creating habits that lead to discipline is the progression that is needed.

  256. Guinea Pigs

    August 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Training dogs at a very your age is a big help for you and the whole family. Since they would know where are the places that they could or couldn’t pee and such. Discipline is very important thing to have so that they would know what’s right or wrong even if they are just pets. They should be taught the do’s and don’ts at home. 🙂

  257. dogs4ever

    August 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    We as dog owners tend to forget about discipline when we become parents to a cute little puppy. It’s easy to ignore some of the things a puppy will do. Nipping or biting you or children is not cute and should be corrected early on at the first signs of this very bad habit. Just like training your puppy to know where to do its business, a biting habit can become dangerous and destructive to family members.

  258. Rabbit Hutches

    August 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It is very important to train dogs at a very tender age so that they would be able to get used to it. Since it would be hard to train them if they are older since they would be able to be accustomed to a certain habit. And once a habit starts it is very hard to stop them or forbid them to stop it.

  259. Chicken House

    September 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    It is great to train your pets once heir are still young since all their mistakes can still be corrected from the very beginning. It’s great to know as well that their is a good outcome when you train your pets.

  260. Andrew

    September 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Very informative advice. I’m training my new pup and it’s a handful! Thanks.

  261. Peter

    September 14, 2011 at 4:40 am

    I totally agree. I recently adopted a rescued Podenco Canario dog and I thought it would be a hard time getting it to adjust to “potty breaks”. But this girl actually holds it all in until it´s time for our next walk. I go out with her every morning first thing before breakfast. Then a lunch walk, afternoon walk and finally an evening walk.

    She really learned it all VERY fast and adjusted so that all her needs are done when we go out.

    I think the worst thing a dog owner can do is to teach the pet to go inside the house. For example by laying news papers on the floor.. I actually know some people doing this and I believe they teach the dog to use the house as a toilet that way. Go out with your dog and they will take care of their business! 🙂

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    September 18, 2011 at 9:33 am


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    September 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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  264. Irene A Veal (@flygir11)

    September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    People trained their puppies and dogs in different ways. As long as the way you choose to do the training is comfortable for your new puppy or older dog, then this is a good way to move forward.

  265. Junie

    September 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Toliet training dogs is so important, yet not all owners train their dogs properly :/ It makes the dog so much more likeable when they are toliet trained.

  266. Deborah Northcutt

    September 30, 2011 at 4:20 am

    Dog training is a must if you want to live with dogs inside your house. You don’t want to step on their poop or their pee anywhere right? So, small discipline and training for your dog is required. But remember, you don’t have to be cruel to be kind to your dog. 🙂

  267. Deborah Northcutt

    September 30, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Dog training is a must if you want to live with dogs inside your house. You don’t want to step on their poop or their pee anywhere right? So, small discipline and training for your dog is required. But remember, you don’t have to be cruel to be kind to your dog.

  268. spottedlion

    October 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    One of my older dogs is on his own schedule, not always, but occassionally he licks my hand about 2:30 AM — but I’d rather get up to let him out rather than clean up a mess in the morning. I’m glad he’s come up with his own solution to let me know he’s got to go.

  269. Sandy

    October 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I like the idea of a scheduled pee break, but it’s hard enough to schedule meals with the family during the week with so much going on. A combination of scheduled coupled with a way for the dog to let you know is appealing. My neighbor’s dog has a little bell tied to the back door that the dog rings when he needs to go out. But it only works when she’s in earshot.

  270. thomas

    October 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

    no doubt if you have a family and a dog its realy hard to scheduled pee break, dont get me wrong the puppy is part of our family but i agree fuly with Sandy on that matter

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  273. Gracie

    October 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I agree with your idea of taking your dog out along with your schedule. We do the same thing at my house, we always take our pup out when we come home (even if we’re gone 10 minutes.) he never has an accident.

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  275. Jordan

    October 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I think this is a great idea to schedule these times, but as someone said a few posts above its very difficult to do it at the same time every day due to hectic schedules, etc. Going to try my best though!

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  276. Jim Hodges Dog Training

    November 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I agree with Kathy. The owner has to take responsibility for the house training of their dog. They do this by establishing a walking schedule AND a feeding schedule (No Free Feeding).

    Now, if a dog wants to go out between times, that is okay with me. As long as they aren’t using me to go explore.

  277. Ivette

    November 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Great article.
    Thank you

  278. Angela Devry

    November 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I completely agree with this. My dogs know exactly when they are going to go outside because the schedule is so well defined. They know they go out in the morning before work, after work, and again before bed. I have no problems at all. Of course the younger one did have accidents as all puppies do and that is expected. If anyone is ever in that position and need a good cleaner for it, I would highly recommend Genesis 950. When my pets were in the accident stage of their lives I can not tell you the frustration of finding something that actually cleaned the accidents. I made trip after trip to Petco and spent so much money on the “specialized” cleaners that really made no impact whatsoever. I first heard about it from a friend who had a dog that kept marking a spot in her house. He didn’t stop until she cleaned the area with the 950. Once she did it stopped. Best product for pet stains ever!!

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  280. Top Dog Leashes

    November 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I always make sure the dog goes out before I leave the house or right after eating. On rare occasions when my dog needs to go out, he will bark once to communicate “Please open the door for me.”

  281. Dog Breeds That Don't Shed

    November 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have 2 chihuauas that had free reign in and out of the house with a doggy door. I have housebroken other dogs, but these two just could not get it…or didn’t want to. Instead of going outside they would hid around the corner or behind furniture….I think they just didn’t like going outside, lazy:)

  282. Amy @ Flex Belt

    November 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I just got a doberman and put a bell by the door and training him to ring the bell whenever he has to go outside. I trained my old dog how to do this. It takes some training but its convenient for both owners and dogs.


    November 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    A great way to keep to a schedule without it being stressful. 🙂

  284. terrick2010

    December 3, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I have always had a Doggie Door which made it very easy to potty train. I feed my two pets on a schedule, in the morning wet Natural food and dry in the evening when we eat dinner. Now that they know where to potty, I close the pet door to save on energy bill and I let them out back when I am ready. I work at home so when I prepare my lunch, I let them out, and then a couple of hours later and we open the doggie door closure at night so our Lab can protect if needed. If I leave the doggie door open, our lab will go out to much to chase the squirrels. During the day he lays on his big pillow in front of my office window and watch squirrels everywhere! My window goes almost to the floor so he can rest his hear on the window seal. My little teacup Schnauzer lays with him. You can see photo’s of them on my website/blog.

    • Irene V.

      December 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      hello terrick2010,
      I enjoyed reading your post and now I am really thinking about installing a doggie door. I have also thought about switching things around on the way I have been feeding my Jack Russell Terrier. I have been giving her dry dog food in the morning and in the evening, and on the weekends I give her half and half of dry food and wet canned food. She is very good about getting my attention when she has to go out. I am also interested in getting a teacup Yorkie or Chihuahua and would like to hear more with your experience with your Schnauzer.

      • terrick2010

        December 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

        Thank you for sharing back. In the beginning I used a Crate for training to go outside to potty. I took her to work with me and took her outside after eating, nap or drinking. I praised her for doing potty and said, “good Potty”, so she relate the act with the words. I do not use the crate anymore and she sleeps at the end of my bed on my side of bed. She has a little bed and I cover her with blankets.

        The other thing you can do is hang a bell on the back door and the dogs will jingle bell when they want out. I have a friend that lived in a house on pilings and her two Weimaraner’s would ring the bell to go out.

        If you have a problem with your dogs having bad breath, it could very well be the food. We had a dry food from Sam’s that made their breath smell just like the bag of food. We could not stand it! We now buy the wet food from Wal-mart called, “FreshPet Select” that is in a big log. The dry food is from Pets Mart called “Nature’s Recipe Farms Stand Select”. I spend more than most people would for their food because I can’t stand a dog to have bad breath.

        I hope this helps you.

      • Irene V.

        December 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

        Thank you so much for this valuable information with regards to bad breath in dogs. You no, I hadn’t thought about Walmart’s for buying dog food and I buy everything else there, so why not the dog food. I like spending money on my dog and want only the best in food and other products that will keep her healthy. I will be trying “FreshPet Select”. We usually do stick with the dry food because after she does her business, the odor isn’t so bad. Have you or anyone noticed that with the wet food, the odor is much stronger after they do their business than the odor from the dry food.

      • terrick2010

        December 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        I can tell you that the food has everything to do with their breath, as for their poop, mind go outside so I never spell that. My little one had her teeth cleaned not long ago and it was the cheap dry dog food that caused her breath to knock us over!!!! The more natural the food the better for them and us when we cuddle them.

      • Irene V.

        December 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        Thank you so much for the pet food suggestions for bad breath. I am using the “Nature’s Recipe Farms Stand Select” and “FreshPet Select”, I give equal portions of both foods and she really likes it. And the breath part, well to my amazement, it smells a whole lot better.

  285. Tim

    December 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I needto do something like this. My dogs are petty good about taking a pee pee but they like to soil all over my house. I can’t seem to get them to undersand both of them go outside.

    • Irene V.

      December 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

      It can be very disturbing and frustrating to find out that your dogs have been pee pee all over the house. I had a problem some years back with 2 dogs I had at the time and learned that figuring out what was causing the problem in the first place was my first step: Such as old scent drawing the dog back to the spot, not letting them out soon enough, not correctly potty training them, medical condition, can’t hold it, or even a misconception. A dog does not urinate in the house out of spite or boredom. There is always a reason, you just have to find it.

  286. dogfoodcontainerstorage.

    December 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I really agree. Dogs wanna go outside home.
    We should to let them to go to walk run play or everything. If possible we can bring them to go everywhere if you we can because the dog is the same human.

  287. Irene V.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I have been trying something else with regard to this topic, and it seems to be working quite well. I go to the door and if my Jack Russell, Freckles, doesn’t want to go outside, she just sits there. I use to ask the question, “do you want to go outside”, I stopped doing this, because she was using it as a ploy to get attention. Now, I just go to the door, I don’t look directly at her nor do I say anything to her. If she sits there, then I know she doesn’t have to go and go back to what I was doing, if she goes out the door, problem solved. I have learned that the great thing about dogs is that if their attention seeking behavior doesn’t get them any attention they will soon give up..

  288. Maria

    December 7, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for this useful information. Will definitely use this tips in my pets

  289. The Dog Books

    December 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Best way to train dog, we hang a ringer on the door and our dog hits it with her nose and boom we get up and let her out.. but before that we did what you said and did a schedule

    • Irene V.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

      These are all great ideas! The important thing is to find out what works for your dog. Finding that one thing that gets your dog to do what you want is key in training. It could be a favorite toy or treat to get your little pup or dog to go potty or whatever it is that you are training her/him to do.

  290. PupJoy

    December 16, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I agree with the method. You can’t expect a dog to always tell you when they need to go outside. You can set this method of having them go outside early as a puppy. You don’t ask a puppy to be responsible for telling you it needs to go outside. We put them out knowing when they need to relieve themselves. You just continue with this process as adults. The only difference being they are able to hold it longer and don’t have to go out as often. It’s always worked great for me.

    • Restored Relationships

      December 16, 2011 at 8:53 am

      I have a neighbor that lets his dog run loose in the neighborhood and the dog has dug under my side fence and got in my yard. I spoke to him the other day and he said his dog will not go tinkle in his back yard. He said the dog will come in and tinkle in the house and even on his bed one time. This is his reason to allow dog to run loose. His dog and another dog runs at me when I go for a walk each day. It makes it difficult for me to take my two dogs with me on my walk. The Dog pound is too busy with emergency to come pick them up, even after many neighbors have called to report the loose dogs. It is so frustrating when we have such big back yards. To me if you leave them out back for the whole day, they will go potty! Why do people give up on finding an answer? There is so much available tips on training your pet. It boggles my mind just as it does about parenting which is my passion. I have a strong desire to stop child abuse and so many parents don’t realize that some of the negative statements spoken to their child is a form of abuse.

      Well enough said. Any articles on barking dogs? Mine don’t bark because we’ve trained them not to but all the neighbor’s dogs do 😦

  291. Irene V.

    December 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I feel your pain. It really does feel that some people should never take on the responsibility of rearing a child or dog. As far as barking dogs go, I had a terrible problem with a dog I had, he was a mixed breed, and he barked constantly. I used a Signal Horn, a boat air horn, to control the barking and it worked quite well. It’s best if your dog doesn’t see where the sound is coming from. One other thing, my daughter used this method only during the summer with her dog, she used the water hose to point at her dog and the dog seemed surprised by the water and would stop barking. By the time summer was over, her dog had calmed down a lot. She would only then bark at the mailman or other people that would need to come inside the yard. The barking all day and night whenever the dog was let outside had completely stopped.

  292. Donald

    December 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

    These are really nice tips for Dog Training

  293. valheart

    December 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am an animal behaviorist and have written about these issues as well.


    December 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I love it when people take in stray dogs or stray kids.

    Note from the editor: We did both! We have an adopted Irish Setter who ran away and made his way from Tennessee to Texas somehow. And we have three kids, all siblings, whom we adopted from Texas CPS. It’s the family that God made. Yay!

    • Irene V.

      December 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      We need more folks like yourself who are willing to put their personal interests on the back burner. Giving of ourselves to children or stray animals is what makes society a haven for the misfortunes.

  295. fidogetsfit

    December 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    This is true for our dogs…most of the time. One dog has never had an accident in the house. He just goes (and marks…but that’s a different topic) whenever he goes for a walk. The other dog ALMOST never has an accident in the house, but there have been a few times where she didn’t take the opportunity to go out before bed (if she’s too tired and already napping) and then has an accident the next morning before we wake up. It would be very nice in these rare cases for her to be able to signal us that she needs to go out right now.

    • Irene V.

      December 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      I had that problem with my dog when we first got her. I started removing her water bowl out of the room where she sleeps and I would take her out one last time before retiring for the night. That did the trick. If we are away from the house for over 8 hours, which is rare, she may have an accident.

  296. TextaPet

    January 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Yes, it’s unfair to give all that responsibility to our dogs, i agree! On a side not, I just got word that my friends were able to train their 13 week puggle pup to go potty in a litterbox in 24 hours! haha, impressive, no?

    Share your pet pictures with friends and family with the TextaPet app launching soon for iPhone.. Like us to be one of the first users.

  297. shdows

    February 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I’m like it and very good data.


    February 4, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Bonding with your dog helps them become trained as well. Our dog Kitkat has been too loved and has been returning the favor by acting as a trained dog even without formal schooling. You could read more about her here

  299. shadows

    February 6, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Thank you very much, for good advice.

  300. petlover612

    February 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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  301. Petsami

    February 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Great advice. Hope more dog owners heed it!

  302. lakhana

    February 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I have one dogs , she know every thing before come to stay with me . Look like the old owner trained her since a puppy then she do every thing without my training. I normally check from google how to take care a dog , what is the best food for her, what is the best flea treatment for her. Good information we can get from the bog with easily just searching only minute so, we can take care our dog as best as possible.

  303. Jana Rade

    February 29, 2012 at 12:54 am

    I think establishing a potty schedule is great. But, your dog knowing how to ask can save you a lot of horrible messes!

    Some things just don’t work on schedules. What if your dog has a diarrhea? What if they have a bladder infection? What if they need to urinate often because of a disease or as a side effect of medications? Then it’s VERY good if they know how to ask.

  304. lakhana

    February 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for good advise , I have follow this blog.

  305. Kooldog

    March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Well it’s a team work for sure; dog needs to trust the owner that they will be let out side for their business on certain time and this also need to be done on regular bases to make it work…

  306. maravasta

    March 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I love your site! It is a great tool for me since I have bought a dog not long ago. I will definitely recommend this site to my friends with dogs. Great site keep the good work up!! 🙂

  307. Jennifer Collars

    March 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I agree about the schedule and even if you work, that’s a schedule. I take mine out immediately after getting up, again before I got to work, immediately after I get home and a couple times before I go to bed, which is usually around midnight.

    I have (8) papillons and they do very well!

  308. andreouam

    March 13, 2012 at 3:28 am

    the post is really helpful as I have recently got a puppy. i liked it very much and I find it really interesting. keep sharing such important posts!

  309. Brian P

    March 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I like this, keeping your dogs on schedule even if your schedule changes by always taking them out when you get home no matter the length of your absence. It teaches them to hold it until you get home, and after meals.

  310. bonbonchihuahuas

    March 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    We started a year ago and litter box trained all of our dogs, adults and puppies. The only problem we ran into was our unfixed stud dog. He did his best to use the litter box but when he lifted his leg, he missed the box. We found that Gracie’s Dog Litter Box with the high sides…Perfect!

  311. Muthu

    March 26, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Great & Agreeable tip. Though I had a problem with my dalmatian, one of my friends who had a kennel always used to be great in such trainings. I would say he was very successful atleast to an extent of 90% and he had a clear schedule of two times daily. But his advantage is that he maintains the kennel as a full time occupation.

  312. terrelltaylor

    March 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hello my name is Terrell Taylor I’m a student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and I’m need 300 dog owners to take this survey for me to pass my class PLEASE TO ALL THAT TAKE THE SURVEY IT WILL HELP ME AND MY GROUP

    • Dog Toys And

      April 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

      I followed the link and took the survey. It’s interesting to me that of all the options given for “factors considered when deciding which dog food to purchase,” the dog’s nutritional needs are not listed. Dog food companies think that we all defer to their expertise when deciding what to feed our dogs. But they don’t make food that closely resembles a dog’s natural diet. They make food that’s shelf stable for a long time and produces a big profit. In other words, mostly grains. In the wild, dogs don’t eat mostly grains. They eat almost all protein.

  313. Designer Dog Collars

    April 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am an animal behaviorist and have written about these issues as well.

  314. Jennifer Collars

    April 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve resolved to making my own dog food. They get chicken, brown rice, carrots, green beans and on occasion I’ll put just a little shredded cheese on top. This is a great concoction for hiding medicine in, as well!

    I mix it up for the dogs and then keep it separate for my family! lol They just don’t fall for the ‘casserole’ trick.

  315. Glenn

    April 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I agree. We always bring our dog out on a fairly regular schedule. usually 4 -5 time per day. He always waits till we take him out and he never asks. We found that even if the time between breaks is prolonged, he will wait patiently.

  316. Entertainment

    April 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I love dogs and this post make sense.

  317. Sue Ann Bauers

    April 22, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I use both methods on my dogs. The taking them out on a schedule works best, especially for my lab that never really got the hang of letting me know when she needs to go out. Well, let me be clearer on this. It took us over a year to figure out that when she brings us a slipper or toy to where ever we are in the house, she was NOT trying to tell us she wanted to play. She was trying to tell us she needed to go out. For her I have to stick to the schedule or else if I don’t, she will walk off to a remote room in the house and do her business there.
    I trained my puppies using a schedule and stuck to it every day. During training, they were kenneled in the house if I was away for a period of time. By nature, a dog will not mess where they sleep.

    They do also let me know if they need to go out at different times, especially if they ate something that did not quite agree with them.

  318. Tina Simone

    May 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    We subscribe to a grass delivery service for our Pomeranian. It is real grass so it doesn’t confuse the dog. Expensive but well worth it.

  319. mikejacksonauthor

    July 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Yes, dogs do learn to go on a schedule. My dog trained me to take him out early in the morning. I’d rather sleep. lol.

  320. D

    July 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    We have our dog on a schedule, and it usually works amazingly. However, what do you do when the dog is sick? Our poor pooch had diarrhea in the middle of the night. Usually if she really has to go at a nonscheduled time, she’ll sit at the back door, but if we’re asleep and she’s just sitting there, (quietly) hoping for someone to wake up. Does anyone have a recommendation of how to teach your dog to let you know when it’s an emergency?

    • Irene V.

      July 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Give your dog a communication tool.

      You can make your own dog doorbell using a couple of sleigh bells from a crafts supply store. Attach some kind of sturdy string to the bells. (You’ll use the string later to hang the bells on a doorknob or on a hook next to your door.) Before starting your first training session, cut a number of tasty treats into raisin-sized pieces. Use something your dog loves, like soft dog treats, chicken, hot dogs, croutons or cheese.
      Say “Touch” and present the bells to your dog. Hold them just an inch or two away from his nose. He’ll probably move toward the bells to sniff them. (If he doesn’t, you can rub a treat on the bells to make them a little more interesting.)
      The moment your dog’s nose touches the bells, say “YES!” and immediately give him a treat. Your timing of the “YES!” is important. Your dog needs to know he’s doing the right thing the instant he touches the bells with his nose. (If you use a clicker to train your dog, you can click instead of saying “YES!”

      Good Luck!

  321. Jason

    July 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Great tip. A keeping a schedule is the easiest way to start training your dog.

  322. Dianne Sarasin

    August 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Great tip! Thanks 🙂

  323. BrendonClarke

    August 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Well it’s a team work for sure; dog needs to trust the owner that they will be let out side for their business on certain time and this also need to be done on regular bases to make it work

  324. Doggie Sporting Goods

    August 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for reminding me how lucky I am with my dog. She lets me know when she has to go and she is in and out in under a minute Thanks for the advice!

  325. Gina@the dog house

    August 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Dog ownership is work no matter which way you decide to train. Dog lovers need to understand this before they adopt a dog.

  326. Dane Guy

    September 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Great Article and spot on. A dog is not a car there is a responsability that is required by the owner. Could not agree more with you…. Gina has the right idea

  327. roger j

    September 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Your article is right on all of my dogs have been trained to let me know when they have to go out. They have also been trained to know when dinner time is I do not let them graze through out the day


    September 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    There’s only one thing i need to take care of, he barks alot especially when someone knocks on the door, other then that he is ok. Great article btw.

  329. Matthew

    September 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Great article. We work on a schedule with our guys too.

  330. lance

    September 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    This is such a great article.. We must love and train our dogs properly.. 🙂 they’re lovable animals. ‘
    think the world would be a better place if more people were like us dogs!!!

  331. Rami

    October 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

    We certainly need to expect less from our dogs, this way we will get more from them!!!

  332. Alex Mortimer @ Dog Photographer Wakefield West Yorkshire

    October 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I’ve never ever thought about distinguishing house training a dog in that way! It does sound like a great idea, I know many dogs are a fan of routine and that training them to hold between toilet breaks can’t be a bad idea!

  333. Steve Crofford

    October 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Excellent article! I train my dog the same way! He’s on a schedule and knows to go out first thing in the morning and throughout the day. There are times he does need to go out and he will let me know, but he knows his schedule! Thanks for posting this article!

  334. Elise

    November 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    But I like Kathy’s suggestion that we take responsibility for getting our dogs outside for a potty break, rather than giving that responsibility to our dogs.

    • Elise

      November 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      I’m sorry, I meant to say that I agree with that point 100%.

  335. Collin

    December 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Great and informative post about dog training. This will really help dog owners. Keep posting!

  336. Michelle - Pet Sitter

    December 17, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    This is exactly how I work with my doxie. Once in a while he needs an extra break but he just asks. So I guess I have the best of both worlds. He was the easiest puppy to “train” after each nap he went for a walk….they like a schedule.

  337. Shannon

    December 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Good article! Many people have questions about house training a dog or puppy, and the best way to do it. I always recommend that people take their dogs/puppies out every hour when first house training them, and as the puppy gains bladder control, you can extend the amount of time between breaks.

    As for the comments about people who work and can’t be home all day to let the dog out… a puppy needs to go out ALOT. But as they get older, most dogs should be able to go 8 hours before a potty break (just as they would at night). As long as they get a good walk and time to go before you leave and when you return, it should be no problem 🙂

  338. eastwitching

    December 31, 2012 at 5:04 am

    That’s right. I have a new 2 year old JRT who lived rough on a farm and so when I got her home I just took her outside and said “pee pee” over and over and when she did one I said good girl. I take her outside constantly through the day and now she is totally housetrained.

  339. Nick

    January 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Great post. Training means all the world to dogs and their owners!

  340. shih tzu puppies

    January 12, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Training dogs would depend on the breed of a dog and also its type because their are dogs that is lazy.right?

  341. fotografo de bodas en valencia

    January 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Good reading! I agree!

  342. Akmond

    January 18, 2013 at 4:47 am

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  343. Sarah Preston

    January 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Dogs like routine, so getting them into a habit of going outside for walks and toilet breaks is a great idea. If your dog can let you know in some way they need to go out, then great, but I agree it should be the owners responsibility, not the dogs.

  344. Can Dogs Eat

    February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Interesting concept.

    I have to deal with my puppy waking me up every night at 3am to go outside.

  345. Obedient Dog

    March 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hello Lisa,

    It is true that dogs need a good training to know when and where they can go for a walk or do their needs. But of course the main responsibles of it are their owners. I really like your post because many people forget about their responsibilities with their dogs.

  346. Morey

    March 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I agree. Dogs know and follow routines. If You take them out on a regular schedule, no training is needed. They figure out what to do. Once they know the should be doing their business outside, they will let you know if they need an unscheduled outing.

  347. Joe

    May 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Before I retired I worked so many hours I felt it was not the right thing to have a pet. Now we go out at the same times every day, no problems, dogs adapt to a schedule well.

  348. Dog Boarding Toronto

    May 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Those first weeks are so important – made that mistake and still paying for it now 🙂

  349. Dog Diapers Hut

    July 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with Sarah. Dogs like routine, so getting them into a custom schedule of going outside for walks and toilet breaks is a fantastic idea. They should go out, but also agree it should be the owners responsibility, not the dogs.


  350. Julia

    July 27, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I agree, that dogs need a good training, but the most important thing – to understand your beloved pet and to find the best way for making your dog`s training interesting and entertaining. When you`ll see, that your doggie enjoys its exercising, then you both have a successful training 🙂

  351. mrus

    August 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

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    August 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I think it’s important to know your dog and his/her signals. This takes vigilance at first, but eventually, you and your dog will be in-sync. I can tell when my dog needs to go outside without her having to get my attention. It’s also important to train your dog to “hold” it for periods of time. If you take your dog outside every 1/2 hour, he/she will never be able to “hold” it when you are gone for longer periods of time. But, don’t expect a puppy to hold it for too long.

  353. Russel Anderson

    August 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Great cover Dave! I really encourage other dog owners to let their dogs be potty trained. In this way, they can get rid of any problems about their dogs soiling the house. It will just take for a few weeks or so, but the results will last a lifetime. Dogs are easy to train.

  354. Ruckus the Eskie

    August 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

    That is true! My sapiens put me on a schedule which really helps Predictable routines really provide comfort.

  355. silvahoney

    September 7, 2013 at 1:37 am

    my dog has been trained and she can easily catch up the things that i wanted her to do..

  356. shireen

    October 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    it can be hard, I had a pet when I was younger that was untrained and not young, my parents tried to train her, but we didn’t have much luck. Treats often worked the best and rewards. do u think a dog can be trained at any age?


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