Housetraining: Your Happy Healthy Pet


The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs?now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

Your puppy is so irresistibly cute, so totally captivating-and soooooo aggravating and frustrating when she eliminates inside. This guide will help you housetrain your puppy or dog ...

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The authoritative information and advice you need, illustrated throughout with full-color photographs—now revised and redesigned to be even more reader-friendly!

Your puppy is so irresistibly cute, so totally captivating-and soooooo aggravating and frustrating when she eliminates inside. This guide will help you housetrain your puppy or dog quickly and save your sanity and your carpet! It includes:
* How a pup's mother teaches the first house-training lesson
* A shopping list of things you'll need
* Advice for the all-important first two days
* How-to information for crate, paper, and outdoor training
* Guidance for solving special housetraining problems
* Tips on marking an outdoor spot, warning signals, and more

With this book, it won't be long before you're happily saying, "Good puppy" instead of, "Oh no! Uh-oh."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764599187
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/7/2005
  • Series: Happy Healthy Pet Series, #34
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

September Morn has trained dogs professionally for more than thirty years, helping to integrate dogs into their owners’ lives and homes, teaching both dogs and owners the skills they need to coexist happily. September teaches group classes and private lessons and conducts behavior seminars and training workshops. She also offers both in-home and distance consultations, helping people understand and change their dogs’ behavior. September has aided humane shelters in setting up training programs to improve dogs’ behavior and adoptability. To date, September has written more than 150 articles and 6 training books. She holds a BA in psychology, with a concentration in cognition and perception, from Western Washington University. September lives with several beloved dogs on her hobby farm in Washington State.
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Table of Contents

Part I: About Housetraining.

Chapter 1: Canine Cleanliness.

Early Puppy Development.

The Breeder’s Job.

Your Job.

Teach—Don’t Punish!

Chapter 2: A Housetraining Shopping List.

Equipment and Supplies.

Confining Your Pup.

Cleaning Up.

Indoor Setup.

Outdoor Setup.

Chapter 3: The First Two Days.


First Impressions.

The First Night.

The Second Day.

Food and Water.

Watch Your Pup.

Chapter 4: Crate Training.


Introducing the Crate.

Nighttime Crating.

Daytime Crating.

Alternative Confinement Options.

Part II: Making Housetraining Easy.

Chapter 5: Age-Appropriate Housetraining.

Baby Puppy (4 to 7 Weeks).

Young Puppy (8 to 15 Weeks).

Signals Your Dog Needs to Go.

Older Puppy (4 to 6 Months).

Adolescent Dog (7 to 12 Months).

Adult Dog (1 to 7 Years).

Senior Dog (7 Years and Older).

Chapter 6: Paper Training.

Where to Put the Papers.

Setting Up Your Pup’s Corral.

The Transition to Outdoors.

The Litter Box Option.

Chapter 7: Outdoor Training.

Selecting an Appropriate Elimination Place.

Safe Confinement.

Country Dogs.

Suburban Dogs.

City Dogs.

Training for Outdoor Elimination.

Chapter 8: Two-Way Communication.

Previously Kenneled Dogs.

Why Accidents Happen.

Teaching Your Dog to Ask to Go Out.

Posture as Language.

Teaching to Go on Command.

Caught in the Act.

Finding Accidents After the Fact.

What About Punishment?

Chapter 9: A Schedule Will Help.

Scheduling Basics.

Schedule for Pups Under 10 Weeks.

Schedule for Pups 10 Weeks to 6 Months.

Schedule for Adolescent and Adult Dogs.

Part III: Special Housetraining Problems.

Chapter 10: Recurring Elimination Problems.


Submissive Urination.

Hiding Elimination.

Toy Breeds.


Chapter 11: Health-Related Problems.

How the Elimination System Works.

Urinary Incontinence.

Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections.


Chronic Renal (Kidney) Failure.

Endocrine (Hormonal) Disorders.

Genetic Problems.

Prostate Gland Disorders.

Bowel Problems.

Chronic Liver Disease.


Viral Diseases.

Age-Related Problems.

Appendix: Learning More About Your Dog.


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