Pet Parents Regarding House-Training Your Pet

  • Consistency is the key. Do the same thing over and over, and always reward good behavior.
  • Don’t give up! The best thing to do is give them time and don’t force them, because they will do it when they are ready.
  • Schedule, schedule, schedule! It’s important to get into a routine. Knowing when they are drinking water and eating food will help you predict when they need to use the restroom.
  • Cats are very easy to potty train. Just put them in the room where the litter box will be kept for a couple of days!
  • Be patient and reward the good behavior when it happens. You expect them to be completely house trained by the time they’re a few months old, but it’s like having a child; accidents happen.
  • Crate dogs overnight from the start, so they learn not to pee where they stay. Then slowly give them access to one room at a time (overnight). Eventually, they will graduate to the entire house.
  • Consider keeping a “Dog Log” of all the trips outside to the bathroom, so everyone in the house knows when your dog last went out and what happened. It really helps, especially when your dog is young and hard to predict.
  • Be patient. Watch for cues that signal it’s time to go out. Praise and reward for a job well done — go easy on disciplining for accidents.
  • Take them out every hour or so once you bring them home. Draw this out to develop a more consistent schedule.

Item you couldn’t live without once welcoming your pet home

  • Kong toys and peanut butter.
  • Puppy pads.
  • Chew toys. Puppies love to chew! If you don’t give them something to chew on, they will chew on everything else.
  • Cat cube beds for each cat.
  • For my dog, it would be his frisbees and his kennel. For my cat it would be her hidey-hole; she loves the little cave-like compartment and you can tell she feels safe.
  • Our dog crate really helped us potty train and keep him out of trouble if we weren’t in the house.
  • For our dogs, a leash. They were always so excited to go for walks and it gave us great bonding time. For our cats, treats to get them to do what we needed them to!
  • Treats! They helped me potty train my dog through positive reinforcement. Also, my dog couldn’t live without her crate. She loves it and is crated while I’m at work unless I take her to work with me.

What advice is most helpful when bringing your pet home

  • Training, reward treats and a clicker. Be big on positive reinforcement training.
  • A harness for walking.
  • Develop a schedule with them while they’re young
  • If you bring a cat home from somewhere other than a shelter, be sure to keep that cat separate from all your other cats until you can get the cat tested for FIV and Leukemia.
  • Buy chew toys and training treats. Training with treats is the best method to getting the pups to respect and love you early on.
  • Use a harness! Regular leashes and collars are very traditional but a dog that isn’t leash trained might choke themselves.
  • Don’t feed them human food.
  • A crate could be best investment when bringing your dog home. Not only can it help potty train him or her but it can be their safe, den-like, place.
  • Dogs naturally like to chew, so providing them with chew toys is essential if you don’t want them chewing up things in your home.
  • Peeing and getting on furniture they are not supposed to get on.
  • Shredding a shower curtain and pulling potted plants out of their pots.

What type of trouble did your pet get into during the first few months at home

  • Eating things that weren’t dog food — scratching doors and windows.
  • Chewing problems. He loved to chew on the furniture legs of tables and chairs.
  • My dog chewed up our baseboards, walls, dressers, shoes, books,
  • Pulled down the curtains trying to climb them, and ripped out the covering on the bottom of the box springs so they could hide there.

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