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How To Train a Dog - Ten Essential Steps to Train Your Dog

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Housebreaking and Crate Training
Puppy in Crate - Photo of Dog in Kennel
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Unless you plan to keep your dog outdoors, (and few of us do) you'll need to teach your dog where to eliminate. Therefore, housebreaking (also called house training or potty training) is one of the first things you need to work on with your dog. Crate training can be a very helpful part of the training process - not only with housebreaking, but in many other areas of training your dog. Here's how you can work on crate training and house training with your dog:

  • Crate Training Dogs and Puppies: Here are the basics of training your dog or puppy to accept and even enjoy the crate. Not only will it help with housebreaking, it will also give your dog a place of his own.
  • How to Housebreak your Dog: When it comes down to it, house training is not that complicated. But, this doesn't mean it's easy. Consistency and diligence are key during the housebreaking process.
  • Reader Submitted Housebreaking Tips: While everyone's house training experience is different, it can really help to hear from someone who has been there. Learn from readers like you as they share their housebreaking tips. Consider sharing your own experiences as well.
  • Submissive/Excitement Urination in Dogs: If your dog is still having accidents in the house, it may be more than a simple housebreaking issue. Your dog might urinate out of excitement or to express submissive behavior.
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