House Training Small Dogs

House Training Small Dogs


Pet owners often believe that smaller breed dogs are harder to train compared to bigger dogs. There is an element of truth to this statement but smaller dogs aren't that much harder to train. Investing some quality time in house training your small dog will have it's own rewards. There are numerous factors you should consider while potty training your small dog.


The whole point of house training is showing your dog where to excrete and where not to. Most owners tend to want their dogs to do their business outside. Some prefer having their dogs go inside on pads/paper or crates. If you choose to train your dog to go outside, take them to the same spot over and over, whenever you think they need to go. Once this behavior is learned, you can train your dog to go only in certain areas or give him access to the whole yard.

Understanding dog behavior

When dogs need to empty their bladder, they sniff the ground and walk around in circles gradually making the circle smaller before picking a specific spot and going for it. Some dogs have their own signals that indicate that it's potty time. As an owner, it is important for you to pay attention to these signs and act accordingly.


Some general tips for potty training your small dogs are:

  • Be consistent in your potty training. Decide where you want your dog to potty and stick to that spot, Keep your method of potty training consistent as well โ€“ don't let your dog go inside if you are trying to train the dog to go outside. This will confuse your dog and undo all that training you've done before.
  • Small dogs can be sneaky and do their business around the house. In such cases, it is important to let them know that their behavior was not okay. Promptly take them outside and let them do their thing. Once they're finished, give them treats to encourage the behavior. Remember that this isn't to punish them but to show them the right place instead.
  • Crate training can help you house-train your dog when you're not around to supervise him/her. Buy a crate large enough for the dog to be comfortable but not large enough for them to walk around in.
  • Create a schedule for potty training and take them outside regardless of if they want to go or not. If your dog does their business outside then positively reinforce them so they learn the behavior. Generally, take them out after meals, right after waking up or right before bed.
  • Never hit or punish your dogs while potty training. It is meant to be a teaching experience and most dogs respond better to positive reinforcement. Moreover, small dogs are often intimidated easily and will get scared of you at an earlier age if you yell or punish.
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