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What are some solutions to common problems with potty-training a dog?

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Some solutions to common problems with potty-training dogs include environmental management, reinforcing correct behavior and not allowing free access to food and water. Most dogs are potty-trained within two weeks.

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Managing a dog's environment while it is potty-training means always keeping the dog in a confined space when it is not supervised. Kennels work very well with this potty-training method. Reinforcing correct behavior in a dog means praising and rewarding it with treats when it relieves itself in the correct place without having an accident. An owner who is potty-training a dog should only feed the dog twice a day. Also, he should let the dog drink as much water as it wants once every two to three hours. This helps the dog get on a reliable schedule.

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