Here Are Five Things You Must Know About Housebreaking Your Dog:
Every professional dog trainer knows that there are five keys to successfully housebreaking your dog. Ignore any of these five keys and you’ll be dooming yourself to many extra months of housebreaking misery.
1.) Correct the dog every time (100%) that he has an accident in the house. Keep him confined to either a crate, or a dog run outside when you can’t supervise him.
2.) Praise the dog anytime he eliminates outside.
3.) Establish a specific spot, and a command you repeat (such as “Get busy!”) while you’re waiting for him to eliminate outside.
4.) Set up a rigorous feeding and watering schedule, and take him out immediately after he does both.
5.) Use an odor neutralizer, such as a product called “Nature’s Miracle” (you can buy this at your local pet store, or through a mail order catalog.) You’ll need to make sure that whatever product you’re using is an enzymatic cleaner, meaning that it actually ‘breaks down’ the urine or fecal mater on a microscopic level, rather than just masking the scent.