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12 Easy Steps to a Potty Train a Puppy

Getting a new puppy is always an occasion for joy, but for first-timers, it can also be stressful. Of course, you want to get everything right, so that you and your new best friend can enjoy many happy years together, and that means training your puppy to become a good canine citizen. Before you get going on obedience training, though, start with house training.puppy1

How It’s Done

You might think that house training is going to take forever, but the reality is that if you follow these twelve basic steps, you’ll get the job done quickly – probably in just a few weeks.

1. Be Consistent

There is more than one way of house training a puppy. Just make sure that whatever approach you take, you stick with it.

2. Have a Routine

Dogs are happiest when they know what to expect, and what’s expected of them. So set specific times for meals. Then, about half an hour after your puppy has eaten, put him outside, and wait until he’s done his business. Then bring him back in.

3. Be Watchful

Puppies need to be closely supervised, especially during house training. You should keep your puppy with you, and keep an eye out for signs that he needs to go potty (walking in circles is a tip-off).

4. Don’t Ask for Too Much Too Soon

A puppy is not going to be able to control his bladder or bowels for very long. In fact, when you first bring your puppy home (usually at around 8 weeks of age), you can expect that he’ll need to go outside every couple of hours. As he matures, he’ll have more control.

5. Plan for Frequent Trips Outdoors

If you can, take your puppy outdoors hourly, at least for the first few days. This way, you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of accidents in the house, and you’ll also be increasing the number of opportunities you have to reinforce the idea that you want him to do his business outside.

6. Separate Potty Time from Play Time

Don’t hang around outdoors once the potty break is over – bring the puppy inside right away. You can go right back out to play in a few minutes if you like, but what you’re trying to do is reinforce the idea that the yard is where he’s supposed to pee and poop.

7. Pick a Spot

You’ll have greater success if you choose just one place in the yard for potty trips (it will make cleaning up easier, too). Always lead the puppy to one spot. His nose will tell him that this is the right place.

8. Pick a Phrase

When you take the puppy to the spot you’ve chosen, tell him “Go potty,” or another phrase you’ve chosen. Eventually, he’ll go to his special spot in the yard just by being told, without needing to be led.

9. Make Good Things Happen

Praise your puppy and give him a treat once you’re back in the house – not while he’s doing his business in the yard. You don’t want him to think he’s being praised for peeing or pooping; otherwise, he’s not going to understand why he’s not praised when he does it in the house. What you’re teaching him is that if he does his business outside, something good will happen when get gets back indoors.

10. Don’t Feed Before Bed

Two hours before it’s time to turn in for the night, take away the water dish, and don’t offer any treats. This way, the chances of accidents during the night can be reduced.

11. Use a Crate

When you can’t be at home, put your puppy in a crate. Most dogs are reluctant to eliminate where they sleep. Just make sure that the crate isn’t so big that the puppy decides that one area is for sleeping, and another for eliminating. Before crating, make sure he gets a potty trip out to the yard, and when you get back, take him outside again.

12. Never Punish

Don’t punish your puppy for accidents. Some dogs take a bit longer than others to house train, but if you punish, you run the risk of the puppy trying to hide his mistakes from you.

The Final Word

House training a puppy takes a bit of time and effort, but it needs to be done. Just be consistent, praise and reward your puppy, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it can be accomplished

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Neponset Valley Humane Society Dog Days and Puppy Mill awareness in Medfield MA 2012

The Neponset Valley Humane Society will hold Dog Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2012  at Rocky Woods in Medfield MA. This celebration of dogs is held annually in honor of all dogs, and particularly to raise awareness of the tragedy of dogs bred by the puppy mill industry. Many dogs continue to suffer unspeakable horror in puppy mills because too many buyers don’t understand where these dogs come from. Education and awareness-raising are the best tools we have to help these dogs.

This free, family-friendly event holds fun for all. It is not necessary to have a dog to enjoy the fun but if you have a canine companion, who is dog and people friendly, please bring them along.

The talent / beauty / fashion show for dogs will provide dog owners and rescuers the opportunity to win a $100 cash prize to donate to the dog rescue group of your choice. There will be activities and prizes for the kids and dogs. There will be free snacks, balloon animals, fun raffles and a great silent auction.

If you are looking for a dog, you might find your future best friend.  Local rescue groups will have a variety of furry faces to greet you. Experienced dog handlers will be on hand to help you learn about adoption and living with a dog. They can answer questions about what type of dog is best suited for your family.

This celebration of dogs is held annually in honor of all dogs, and particularly to raise awareness of the tragedy of dogs bred by the puppy mill industry. Many dogs continue to suffer unspeakable horror in puppy mills because too many buyers don’t understand where these dogs come from. Education and awareness-raising are the best tools we have to help these dogs.

About Neponset Valley Humane Society

Volunteers of Neponset Valley Humane Society strive to create awareness and support within the community for the humane treatment of all companion animals and feral cats. We advocate spay/neuter and provide access to affordable spay/neuter for cats.


Directions to Rocky Woods in Medfield MA

From I-95/Rt. 128 (Exit 16B): Rt. 109 West for 5.7 mi. Turn right onto Hartford St. and follow for 0.6 mi. to entrance and parking (100 cars) on left.

From Intersection of Rts. 27 and 109 (Medfield): Take Rt. 109 East and bear left onto Hartford St. Continue as above.


New puppies expenses that you should be prepared for

If you are getting an new dog, you need to be prepared for the expenses a new puppy will bring to your budget.  I made alot of mistakes when I got my first dog as an adult. I never realized the actual costs of owning new puppy.  Maybe you can learn from me.


My wife and I bought a new puppy 15 years ago.  .We got our  puppy from a local pet store.  This was a bit of an impulse purchase. I have the puppy, all warm, fluffy, cute  & lovable: a licking and chewing bit of pure energy. I have no supplies and done no planning. Where would the dog sleep? Do they need shots this young? Next time, I’ll wiki it, go to the library and research it. I’ll go into owning a puppy with eyes wide open, without spending a dime on all the expert books out there.  This is a story of the tragedies and victories that followed and the hard earned lessons I learned on planning for a new pup, caring for him and how to save some money doing it.

Major Expense #1: Walmart is my canine supply shop to this day. This was our first dog so we had to buy things like a bed(which he never slept in…made a fun chew toy though…for a day), a leash, food/water bowls,  dog food and the list goes on and on. I should have researched it a little before going. I’m a bit of a kid in a candy store. “Ooo, Frayed rope toy. Yeah, Kong cookie hider. Awesome! A catnip mouse. Wait I have a dog. Awwww.”  This kid in a candy store did have a list somewhat put together. Once I wiped the drool of my chin at all the cool toys, I grabbed flea/tick treatment since my home borders conservation land. They also had heartworm meds and vitamins. Big money saver buying these items there instead of the vet. Same Medicine at multiples of cost.

As proud of myself as I was for really saving money over buying these items at the pet store, I could have nearly eliminated the cost by the simple expedient of talking to my parents. Their dog had just passed away. They had most of the stuff I just bought. Grrr! Asking a friend who has or had dogs costs nothing and might gain you a good bit. It’s an emotional thing to have your puppy grow up, even more so when they pass away, so they hang onto this stuff. But a friend in need, and so forth, may be just the motivation they need to finally give up those items. I’ve since found that new puppy’s prefer items with a broken in dog smell to them.

Major unintended expense #2: When I went to Walmart, I left my new pup in his new room to sleep. He didn’t sleep. He got mad, then he got even. Wallpaper was shredded off the wall, including chunks of wallboard. Thank God that he missed the wiring. A $150.00 Trip to Walmart necessitates a $300.00 trip to Home Depot for patches, plaster and paint. Lesson Learned – Buy a crate before buying the puppy.  You really do need to puppy proof 

Major expense #3: Since he’d just ingested wallboard etc., I thought a trip to the vet would be in order, just to be safe.  $250.00 later he was treated, tested, examined and ooh & ahh’ed over for a host of potential issues that he never had, never developed and had nothing to do with eating walls. Lesson Learned – OH MY GOD!!! Vets are expensive!

Let’s tally things up, shall we? My $70 dog just racked up a $150 basic supply bill. Then a $300 building materials receipt. Topping his expenses off is a $250.00 vet visit. Oh yeah and $12.00 to Town Hall for a license. My $70 dog just wracked up $712.00 in unanticipated bills. He hasn’t been in my house 24 hours yet!

Dog grooming is expensive too. A DIY grooming place up the street charges $75.00 an hour to use their shaving stalls. Thankfully my dog doesn’t need grooming because that would add up quick. If he did, I could have bought clippers for about $30 myself and done it on the porch.  YES! I did something right. I didn’t have to clip my guy. Nope! My guy sheds though. Not a little…Not even a Lot….Giant tufts of fur…Everywhere. Rolling like tumbleweeds in the desert. Getting in food, eyes, mouth. And clogging several vacuum cleaners to death, one of them a $600  Dyson “Pet Proof” model designed with then shedding dog in mind. I blew through about $800 in burned out vacuum motors in 6 months. We’ve had a Bissell Powerforce Bagless for a couple of years now and it’s going strong. I don’t care if it gets up and dances, I’m not spending more than $200 on a vacuum ever again.

Canine digestive systems are really sensitive to human food. For instance, our vet told us that feeding your dog chocolate, ice cream, grapes or raisins can actually kill them because some chemical in those will break down their liver and can basically shut down their organs. Old Roy from trusty Walmart has been his staple food for years. But human food is way better than dog food, so of course my dog is a frequent presence at my side in the kitchen. Also, he worked his way through my kids and now targets the sensitive dog-lover one for intensely pathetic eyes, perked up ears wagging tail and a number of other heart-wrenching tactics to wheedle food. Basically, bad for him or not, the dog will get human food, somehow…someway. The vet told me to be careful and limit what human food I gave him by type and quantity. Another of the dangers of human food is it causes weight gain faster in dogs than people. A couple of pizza crusts are OK. The occasional snack he steals from jumping up on the counter won’t kill him either. What makes the vet, my dog and me happy is to give him animal protein. The occasional slice of cheese or the trimmings off a steak bring a gleam to my retriever’s eyes(and a cute little drip to his chin.) Mixing the fat from cooking burgers, ribs or a roast with his Old Roy Dog Food is like heaven on earth for him.

As I mentioned earlier, I had bought a ton of toys when we first got him. Most of them wound up sitting around collecting dust. His favorite toy was an old towel we’d play tug of war with in the yard. Every trip outside, he’d run over get it and bring it over for few good tugs. He loved playing fast hands too, but his sharp little teeth and claws drew a lot of blood. I probably wouldn’t recommend that one for the faint of heart. Old socks, sticks, beat up tennis balls formed the core of toys he loved as a pup. Your dog doesn’t need the toys. He needs you, your time and a little creative thought from you to come up with ideas for play. That’s what he really wants. I still have his old shredded towel. 15 years later he doesn’t play with it anymore, but it makes a fine pillow for a tired furry old head.

The Art of Raising a Puppy

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The monks of New Skete, authors of the classic guide How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, now apply their highly successful training methods to the crucial first months of a puppy’s life. 50 photographs.Amazon.com Review
The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New York monastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuates the essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog’s … More >>

The Art of Raising a Puppy