buy a MidWest home
large enough for an adult dog. It will surely be too big for your puppy, but
he’ll grow into it. While he’s small, he may sleep in one corner of the home
and eliminate in another at the opposite end. MidWest
Divider Panels are available to prevent your pup from eliminating in
the home altogether.
get your pup used
to his new home gradually.
washable bedding in the home to keep it comfortable and warm. Make the inside
of the home as cozy as you can. Keep it clean and free of fleas.
pup whenever he’s free in your home. Supervision is what allows you to guide behavior.
Chewing, elimination, barking, and all other behaviors can be modified and
controlled at your direction. If left unsupervised, your pup will begin to
direct his own behavior and set his schedule.
leave your very
young pup in his home all day. At 6 weeks, a pup can hold his bladder about 4
hours; by 8 weeks, 5 hours; by 12 weeks, 6 hours; and by 5 – 6 months, a pup
should be able to “hold it” for as long as an 8-hour workday.
“housebreaking pads” or newspaper in your pet’s home. Doing so fights your
pup’s natural instinct NOT to “go” in his home. You want to encourage that
instinct, get him used to “going” outside, and get him on a proper elimination
let your new pup
roam through your house unsupervised. Keep an eye on him so that when he sniffs
and circles (an indication he is about to “go”) you can quickly and gently
guide him to the door and outside.
force your new
pup into his pet home for the first time. Plan on spending plenty of quality
time with him the first few days to get him accustomed to his new surroundings.
punish your pup
by putting or forcing him into his home. Your pup’s home should be his secure
place; it should not be associated with punishment, fear, or anything negative.
our website for additional information on approaches and products that help you
train your pup, keeping him healthy and happy into adulthood. Then contact MidWest Homes for Pets™ if you have
questions or need help finding your closest retailer.