Housebreak your dog. The best way to housebreak a dog is to take him outside after every meal. You should not play with your dog outside until he has relieved himself, so that he learns why he is being taken outside. If after about ten minutes, he has not relieved himself you should take him inside and place him in his crate for 10 minutes or so and then repeat the process. It should not take very long for him to get the idea, especially if you have a very young dog.
Watch for signs when housebreaking a dog. Dogs are fairly consistent in their behaviors, and by simply watching a dog outside before he relieves himself, you can get valuable information that will make housebreaking easier. For example, if your dog always walks in a circle before relieving himself it is important to recognize this behavior and to take the dog outside as soon as you notice it. This will help you to get to know your dog’s behaviors, and help make housebreaking easier.
Consistency is key when housebreaking a dog. When you are housebreaking a dog, there are several things that you can do to make the process easier. First, stay outside with your dog as much as you possibly can, so that he becomes comfortable with his surroundings. Second, take your dog outside immediately after he eats or drinks and try to keep him outside until he relieves himself. Reward him for the good behavior and go back inside. If you would prefer that your dog use a specific area in your yard, you need to take him outside on a leash until he begins to use that area without prompting.
Crate training will make housebreaking a dog easier. Unless your dog has a medical condition that makes it impossible, most dogs will refuse to soil the area where they sleep. If you place your dog in a crate while you sleep or are away from home, there is little chance that you will return to find the crate soiled. Therefore, when housebreaking your dog, keep him in the crate unless he is out to eat, drink or play. Immediately after the designated activity, take the dog outside to relieve himself. Reward successes, and praise your dog and show affection before returning him to the crate. After a while, you will be able to extend the non-crated time and see less accidents than if you hadn’t used the crate.