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Housetraining For Dummies (9781119610298) was previously published as Housetraining For Dummies (9780470476376). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.

The latest information and tips on making housetraining easier for your pet and yourself

Did you know that what you feed your dog can effect help or hinder the housetraining process? That's just one of the valuable tips you'll find in Housetraining For Dummies 2nd Edition, the authoritative housetraining reference for new and veteran pet owners alike.

This new edition features plenty of new and revised material on everything from the latest housetraining equipment to the latest information on diet and nutrition and the crucial role it plays in housetraining. You'll also find useful tips and techniques for creating environmentally safe cleaners from natural products found in the home and alternatives you can use if you have a sensitive pet.

  • Features the latest findings on how pet nutrition can influence housetraining success
  • Offers proven housetraining strategies
  • Introduces new methods for housetraining multiple pets at once
  • Reviews new housetraining equipment and products
  • Shows you how to make environmentally safe stain and odor removers from products already in your home
  • Susan McCullough is a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine and the author of several books including Beagles For Dummies ;and the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies

Housetraining can be a difficult and stressful process for both you and your puppy, adult, or senior dog. Housetraining For Dummies 2nd Edition is the resource you need to make it faster and easier for both of you.

Susan McCullough is a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine and the author of several books, including the award-winning Senior Dogs For Dummies. She is a multiple winner of the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for excellence in writing about dogs.


Susan McCullough has written articles about dog care and training for Family Circle, The Washington Post, and AKC Family Dog, among others, and blogged about dog care and culture for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Susan is a six-time winner of the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Award for her work, and has also won the Eukanuba Canine Health Award for outstanding writing about canine health.

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  • Prepare your home for housetraining
  • Utilize the most effective techniques and equipment
  • Housetrain your dog at any age or stage

Your guide to quick, effective housetraining

Want to make housetraining easier for your dogand yourself? This practical guide offers the latest information on teaching your pet basic bathroom behavior and preventing future potty problems. Understand how a dog's diet can influence housetraining success, and recognize when a training problem may actually be a medical problem. Get familiar with the newest equipment and the best crates and cleaners. Strengthen the human and pet bond by getting your family on the same page through set rules and guidelines to ensure your dog has the best and most effective housetraining experience.


  • Proven housetraining strategies
  • Expert advice on introducing your dog to a crate
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Tips for accident-proofing and surviving setbacks
  • Sample housetraining schedules
  • The latest nutrition options to aid your effort


Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You're Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 4

How This Book is Organized 4

Part 1: Preparing to Potty Train Your Pooch 5

Part 2: Putting a Plan in Place 5

Part 3: Solving Housetraining Problems 5

Part 4: The Part of Tens 5

Appendix 6

Icons Used in This Book 6

Where to Go from Here 6

Part 1: Preparing to Potty Train Your Pooch 7

Chapter 1: No, Virginia, It's Not That Hard: Understanding Housetraining Basics 9

What Housetraining is and Why it Matters 10

Why Your Dog Can't Be a Little Bit Housetrained 11

Exploring Housetraining Methods 12

Location, location, location: Outdoor versus indoor training 12

Looking at lifestyle factors to help you choose your method 14

Surviving Setbacks and Special Situations 15

Understanding the Role You and Your Family Play 15

Chapter 2: Training the Housetrainer: Taking the Right Approach 17

Leaving behind Housetraining Methods of Yesteryear 18

Using Your Pooch's Instincts to Lay a Foundation 19

The training your dog has already had 19

Learning from his mom 21

Denning dynamics 22

Cleanliness is next to dog-liness 23

Life without guilt 24

Learning by repetition 25

The need for attachment 26

How instincts can be thwarted 26

Taking the 21st-Century Approach to Housetraining 29

Seeing your dog's point of view 30

Being benevolent 31

Working with your dog's instincts 31

Creating a schedule 32

Rewarding the good, ignoring the goofs 32

Being consistent 34

Attending to details 35

Chapter 3: Getting Your Home in Housetraining Order 37

Readying Your Dog's Room: The Crate 37

Understanding why every dog needs (and wants) a crate 38

Finding the right fit: Types of crates 38

Adjusting for size 40

Investing in crate accessories 41

Situating your doggie's den 42

Gearing Up for Outdoor Training 42

Selecting a potty spot no matter where you live 42

Securing collars and leashes 43

Containing the situation: Fencing 47

Installing a doggie door 48

Prepping for Indoor Training 49

Exploring types of indoor potties 50

Setting up your dog's indoor living area and potty spot 50

Doing the Dirty Work: Cleanup Equipment 53

Choosing an outdoor cleanup method 53

Indoor cleaners 55

Other cleaning aids 57

Chapter 4: Feeding Fido: What Goes in Must Come Out 59

Knowing How Feeding and Watering Affect Housetraining 59

Understanding Nutrients: What Dogs Need to Eat 60

Proteins 61

Fats 62

Vitamins and minerals 62

Determining the Diet That's Best for Your Dog 63

Considering commercial dog foods 64

Making home-prepped dog foods 66

Serving Your Dog 69

Picking the place to feed your dog 69

Setting the canine dining ambience 70

Selecting your dog's dinnerware 71

Deciding when to feed your dog 72

To Treat or Not to Treat 74

Buying commercial treats 76

Preparing homemade treats 77

Choosing low-calorie treat options 78

Working with Your Dog's Drinking Habits 80

Part 2: Putting a Plan in Place 81

Chapter 5: Training to Love the Crate 83

Introducing the Crate 84

Tie one on: The open-door policy 84

Encourage exploration 84

Shut the door (but not for long) 86

Leave the room 86

Build up her tolerance 86

Encouraging Appreciation If Your Dog Hates the Crate 88

Limiting Crate Time: How Much is Too Much? 90

Continuing to Use the Crate 92

Keeping the love alive 92

Beyond housetraining: Other uses for the crate 93

Chapter 6: Heading to the Outside: Outdoor Housetraining 95

Understanding How Outdoor Training Works 96

Introducing Puppies to Outdoor Training 96

Getting an early start 97

Taking the first trips outside 97

Responding when your puppy potties 98

A matter of timing: Setting up a puppy potty schedule 100

Scheduling Outdoor Training for Adult Dogs 104

Dealing with Boo-Boos 105

Catching your dog in the act 105

Finding messes: Don't scold just clean 'em up! 105

Preventing further accidents 106

Providing Indoor Potty Areas for Outdoor Trainees 107

Chapter 7: Making Some Inside Moves: Indoor Housetraining 111

Understanding How Indoor Training Works 111

Identifying good indoor-training candidates 112

Opting for indoor training only 114

Pick Your Potty: Deciding Which Type to Use 114


Informations sur le produit

Titre: Housetraining For Dummies
Code EAN: 9781119610328
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (pdf)
Producteur: For Dummies
Genre: Élevage d'animaux
nombre de pages: 240
Parution: 05.07.2019
Taille de fichier: 5.0 MB