Dog-Proofing Your Home Protects Your Pet

You love your new little addition to the family but he won’t stop peeing on the floor! This is a big problem many families have a new puppy. People are so stressed and overwhelmed when it comes to housetraining a puppy that it even leads some families to get rid of their pets. It doesn’t have to be this way. Housetraining your new puppy doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful for you or the dog. It will take a lot of consistency, however. You must be fully committed to the methods you use and willing to stick it through until the end. If so, your pup will thank you for it and you will be happy that there are no more accidents happening in the house.


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That said, here are six tips for housetraining your new puppy:

  • Pick a technique. There are many dogs housetraining techniques out there and no real proof that anyone is better than the other. It all comes down to what works for you and your family. You should research the different techniques and then pick one that seems like you can commit to it the best long term.
  • Gather any supplies. Most housetraining techniques will require at least some supplies. You may need puppy training pads, bells, a crate, or some other items to make the training process work. You probably also want to pick up some cleaning supplies for when accidents happen. If your puppy smells himself on an accident spot, he’s more likely to use that same spot again so cleaning is vital.
  • Give your puppy frequent access. Always give your puppy plenty of opportunity to go in his designated spot. Take him out or to his training spot at least once every 2 hours. Always give him access to food and drink.
  • Feed your puppy on a regular schedule. The faster you get your new puppy on a regular feeding schedule, the faster he will get his potty training routine down too.
  • Be patient. It may be hard at times, especially if your puppy doesn’t seem to be getting it at first but the more you can keep your patience, the better this will go. Praise him greatly when he does what you want. Don’t ever scream, yell, hit or kick for accidents.

Now that you have these tips in mind, you’re ready to start puppy housetraining right away. There is no reason to wait or delay because the sooner you begin; the sooner your puppy will start understanding what you expect from him. Remember, don’t stress if an accident happens and try not to show anger to your puppy. He’s a baby and still learning but if you’re patience, he’ll get it and you’ll both be super happy for many years to come.

What other tips would you add to this list? 




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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny.Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

16 comments on “Dog-Proofing Your Home Protects Your Pet”

  1. Have lots of chew toys around! My dog is an aggressive chewer and finds the most random things to chew on. We thought we dog proofed our house but just came home today in fact, to find that he chewed the leather off the recliner handle! Who would have thunk! We are going to stock up on more chew toys that are safe to eat. #ProductReviewParty

    • Wow! Chew toys and bones do help a lot!!

      We always put our dogs in crates when we leave the house for extended periods of time. Of course, with Peaches (who is a hound mix and WAY bigger than Spyro) she gets to stay in the Man Cave when we aren’t home. However, for us, that is VERY rare that there isn’t, at least, one person home.

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  2. We have had 2 house dogs in the past 10 years. It’s really, really hard to keep all the little stuff picked up when you have kids…..crayons….yeah, dogs like to eat those for sure, 🙂 I always felt terrible when I saw evidence that our dog ate something that we should have made sure was put away properly. It really does hurt them and protects them when you dog-proof your home. We gave our dogs away in the end because I just couldn’t keep up. These are great tips!

    • I’m sorry to hear you had to give up your dog. Our two dogs are like our kids. Yes, they are a lot of work. I feel like we’re cleaning floors a hundred times a day between the human kids leaving things all around the house and the puppy kids trying to get it all.

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  3. Great tips. I don’t have a dog, but have been thinking about getting one in the future when I start traveling less. #ProductReviewParty

    • Dogs are worth all the headaches when you get the right one for you.

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    • I’m glad you liked these tips enough to want to share them with your friends.

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  4. These are great tips…I wish I was this easy going concerning my toddler! Of course, you can’t exactly confine a toddle rot one room when you leave the house either. 😉 It’s been great co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty !

    • I wish there was simple tips like this to help with getting a toddler in line too. I have one who gives us a run for our money too.

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  5. I need to do something to keep my huge lab off my couch!! Lol he’s an older dog so I don’t worry about him getting in to anything, just getting on the couch! I do use a baby gate to keep him and my daughter out of the upstairs. Ps. That dog you have is adorable!!

    • I have given up with keeping my dogs off of my furniture a long time ago. (Of course, that’s why until the kids move out or get WAY older I’ll only invest in thrift store furniture.) It’s nice that you have an area that is just for you all. 🙂

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  6. Great tips!! I know when my in-laws are here with their small dog, I have to do a lot that’s on the list! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty


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