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Housebreaking Your Puppy

Dog owners can often struggle with housebreaking their dog. Hopefully this article will help you understand what you need to do to be successful. 

 Your dog should be able to hold in his pee and poop 1 hour per month old. For example, if your dog is 4 months old, he can only hold pee /poop for a maximum of  4  hours.

At nighttime puppies tend to hold their pee/poop longer because they are sleeping ,there are no distractions and should be confined to a crate. When you are home, your pup will have to go to the bathroom more often.  The reason for this is when you are home he is more active. You should pick up his water bowl and only offer him water after a long nap, after you play or go for a long walk with him, and during his meals. Empty the water bowl only after he drinks and when he walks away from his water dish.  When he is not drinking, keep the bowl empty.    This way if the dog is thirsty he will lick the empty bowl and this will cue you to give him the water.  Keep in mind that after he drinks he will probably have to go to the bathroom within 15 to 30 minutes.

The key to housebreaking is to supervise him during outside bathroom time while he is attached to a leash.  The leash is very important tool for potty training. If the birds or squirrels distract him, give him a little tug on the leash and say “Go Potty”. This will teach your pup to focus on sniffing the ground and finding a spot to do his business. Always praise him when he goes to the bathroom outside and give him a treat after he finishes his business outside but before you go inside the house. If  he is distracted and doesn’t go to the bathroom and you know that he has to go, you can put him in his crate or confine him in a place that if he messes on the floor, it is easy to clean up.  I would confine him in a place where he can be supervised so that if you catch him in the act, you can rush him outside to finish up his bathroom activities. As your puppy gets older his schedule will change.  Once the housebreaking is more consistent or when he no longer has accidents, you can cut down on the amount of  bathroom walks. An adult dog should not be required hold in pee or poop for no more than 7 to 8 hours max.

— Helene Scott

Florida Dog Training School

Owner/Certified Master Dog Trainer

[email protected]

(813) 951-4480


We Can Train Any Dog!


Dealing with aggression

The safest way to introduce new dogs to each other or new people to your dog is to meet in a neutral place, a place that is unfamiliar to the dogs. This is important because the dog feels less secure, thus, less territorial.

Tampa Dog Trainer Offers Free Socialization and Group Training Course

(PRWEB) May 15, 2005

Canine Campers features a free dog training lesson and canine socialization class and meets every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake Park just off Dale Mabry in Lutz, Fla. (NOTE: Location and Times of Canine Campers has changed.  Click Here for details.) Dog owners must make reservations to attend the free class, which has seen an overwhelming response. Dogs of all ages and breeds may attend the session, where pooches are encouraged to socialize, learn and have fun. Socialization is the key to a happy and secure dog, according to Scott, who recently moved her popular business from New Jersey to Florida. “It goes beyond training for me,” said Scott, 37. “My relationship down the road with the dog never ends.”

The Florida Dog Training School of Tampa’s motto, “We Can Train Any Dog,” certainly rings true for Scott, who is comfortable training even the most aggressive dogs other trainers won’t touch. The backbone of her business, which offers an initial free evaluation, is Basic Obedience, designed to produce a well-trained house dog. Scott will drive directly to a dog owner’s home and work with family members to develop a customized dog training plan. “Every dog is different and I customize lessons based on a client’s needs,” she said. “I’m not stuck on using one certain method.”

Scott has an inspiring story to tell. After being laid off from her desk job back in New Jersey, she took a risk and attended dog training classes at the Academy of Canine Education in New York under the tutelage of Master Dog Trainer Anthony Jerone. “I’ve always been a dog person, but I never thought I’d make a business out of it,” she said. “I take a lot of pride and care in what I do. It’s great because I have the opportunity to have connections with other people.” Potential clients are encouraged to visit to learn more about the variety of dog training programs she offers.

About Florida Dog Training School of Tampa: (

Helene Scott is the founder of Florida Dog Training School of Tampa and has been involved with dogs since childhood. Scott is a graduate of the Academy of Canine Education in New York. The school services Hillsborough and Pasco counties and specializes in private in-home dog training and provides housebreaking, puppy kindergarten, basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, and help for aggressive dogs and homes with multiple dogs.

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