14 Tips for House Training a New Pet

If you’ve just brought home a new puppy or kitten, you can prepare yourself for many hours of joy ... as well as some stress upfront.

It’s rare that a new pet will come to you already knowing to use a litter box or alerting you of when they need to do their business outside!

They will likely need you to train them, and this process requires plenty of time and patience. Here are 14 tips to make the training process a bit easier!

Tips for House Training a Dog

Use a crate. In general, dogs do not like to soil their living area. That’s why a crate, coupled with SlumberPod Pet, can be an important part of keeping your home clean. A crate, carrier or dog bed plus SlumberPod Pet gives your pup a safe place to relax when you’re too busy to supervise.

Try paper training if necessary. While it’s best to train your dog to go outside frequently, training your pup to use a puppy pad or some newspaper can be an early solution if you work long hours or if it’s too cold to go outside.

Take your dog outside frequently. Your puppy will need to eliminate first thing in the morning, before bed at night, and after eating or drinking. In general, you should plan to take her outside every two hours at first until she gets the hang of waiting until she’s outside to go.

Keep to a schedule. Feeding your dog and taking him out at the same times every day helps to get him onto a regular potty schedule.

Reward and praise your pup. Whenever your puppy eliminates outdoors, be extravagant with praise and treats. Make sure that the praise is immediate so your pup makes the positive association!

Clean up messes. After your dog has an accident, it’s important to clean it thoroughly so she won’t continue to use it as a potty spot. Do not get angry or punish your dog when you find the mess; your dog won’t understand your behavior and may find it erratic and scary. 

Consider hiring a dog walker. If you work long hours, you may need to hire a dog walker to come to your house and take your puppy out several times a day in your absence. Puppies are not physically able to hold their bladders for many hours when you’re at work.

Interrupt him when he’s in the act. If you do find your dog starting to eliminate indoors, loudly interrupt and take him outside to do his business. If he does complete the deed outdoors, be sure to reward her. Don’t yell at or punish her for going in the house.

Tips for Litter Box-Training a Cat

Use the right kind of litter. Your cat will be more likely to use the litter box if you use a kind of litter she likes. Experiment with different kinds until you find what she prefers.

Choose the right litter box. The litter box should be one and a half times the length of your cat. It’s also important to make sure the sides are low enough that your kitten can get into it easily!

Take her to the litter box frequently. Cats generally need to use their litter box after every meal and whenever they wake up from a nap. Take your cat to the litter box at these times to get her used to the routine.

Give her privacy. Like people, cats are private. They don’t want an audience when they’re doing their business. Ensure that the litter box is placed in a quiet area.

Clean the litter box regularly. Cats don’t like to eliminate in a soiled area so be diligent about cleaning the litter box or use a self-cleaning model. Clean out soiled litter and feces immediately, and make a weekly practice of changing the litter out entirely.

Keep your cool. Don’t react angrily when your cat has an accident. This will make your cat less likely to trust you during the house-training process.

Remember ...

House training a pet can take months of care, patience, and love. But by following these simple tips, you can lay the foundation of a long, happy relationship with your pet.