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PetSugar Q + A: How Do I Housetrain a Pup When I Work All Day?

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"I am at work all day and need effective ways to housetrain my 1 year old puppy! How do you teach them to hold it in?"

We've tackled puppy potty training and pee pad techniques before, but this tricky situation depends on the individual pet. Personally, crate training my pooch helped with this matter, as dogs are reluctant to "go" where they have to rest. All day is a long time for many pups to hold it, so it'd be easiest if you had someone start walking the canine midday and then slowly spaced out the time between walks.

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short-stack short-stack 6 years
We have tried crate training and it wasn't effective at all. He now gets 4 walks a day, at about 5 hour intervals. His potty habits don't seem to be regular though. Is there a way to train him to tell us if he needs to go out? He barks AFTER he's peed. Too late!
lynniepop lynniepop 6 years
I agree with crate training! We crate trained our puppy from the day we got him (at 2mo) and he picked it up VERY quickly. When you are at home, you should take him out as much as possible, so that they learn that outside is good and inside is bad, reward with lots of treats! And if they do go inside, scold then take them right outside. Also make sure the crate isn't too big ( or they may find space in the back to go), and good luck!
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