The Ultimate Pet Housebreaking Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Puppies and kittens are easy to train if you know how. Whether you crate-train, paper-train or litter box-train your pet, you'll need to follow some basic guidelines, but success is almost guaranteed. Take our quiz to learn everything you need to know to successfully housebreak your pet.

Most animals do not need bowel or bladder control. In nature, waste falls:

Biology dictates that animals that spend their lives living in trees or flying overhead don't need bowel or bladder control. In nature, waste simply falls to the ground.

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Which of the following animals can be housebroken?

In addition to dogs and cats, many small animals such as ferrets, rabbits and gerbils can be trained to eliminate in a designated spot.

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Which animal species need stimulation from the mother in order to eliminate until they are three weeks old?

Puppies and kittens are physically incapable of defecating or urinating without the stimulation of their mother's tongue until they are two or three weeks old.

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Many animals use _____ to communicate with each other.

Many animals use urine and feces to communicate with each other. Urine and feces deposits can mark an animal's territory and serve as a warning to potential intruders.

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Animals engage in _____ behavior to stake out their territory.

Many animals, especially males, mark or spray with urine to define and defend their territory.

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Which type of animal is more likely to mark their territory with marking behavior?

Intact animals are much more likely to mark their territory with marking behavior than a spayed or neutered animal.

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How can you train your dog to eliminate on command?

You can train your dog to eliminate on command by using a key word or phrase like "go potty" when it goes where you want it to. On potty trips, stand in one place and let it know you mean business.

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Dogs and cats don't want to eliminate where they sleep, eat or:

Dogs and cats have a natural desire to be clean, so they also don't want to eliminate where they play.

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When an animal likes to be in small, enclosed spaces, we say the animal has a natural _____ instinct.

Dogs and many cats like to be in small, enclosed spaces. This is called denning and this instinct helps you housebreak your dog or cat.

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What is the first step when crate-training your dog?

To crate-train your pet, you will need an appropriately sized crate. There are two types of dog crates: an enclosed plastic airline kind and a collapsible wire kind.

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The second step when crate training your dog is to throw a dog _____ inside.

The second step when crate training your dog is to throw a dog treat inside and let your dog go get it.

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Paper training is used to train a puppy to eliminate:

When paper training your dog to eliminate in a specific place indoors, restrict the dog to a certain area and then place the newspapers as far as possible from its food and bedding.

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_____ odors communicate to your dog that a certain place is a good place to eliminate.

Place a paper towel or piece of newspaper with urine on it on top of the place that you want your puppy to go. These smells let your dog know that this is a good place to eliminate.

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When either crate-training or paper-training your puppy, take it to a designated elimination area:

You should take your puppy to its designated elimination area after it's eaten, when it first wakes up, and often throughout the day. Watch it for signs that it needs to go and take it where you want it to eliminate.

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Always _____ your puppy if it eliminates where it's supposed to.

Praise is a big part of the training process. Don't forget to praise and reward your puppy whenever it goes where it's supposed to.

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Which substrate (a certain type of surface) is the preferred elimination place for cats?

Most cats prefer substrates with a grainy or sandy texture just like commercial cat litter in order to do their business, so most kittens are easily housebroken.

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Can an adult dog be housebroken?

Unless there are unusual problems with an adult dog, most can easily be housebroken. Those used to living outside in animal shelters don't usually consider eliminating indoors and adult dogs have more control and can go much longer between potty breaks.

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Where should you reward your dog for eliminating outside?

Verbal praise is more effective than food rewards when training a dog, but if you want to give a food reward, make sure you offer it when the dog is still outside or it will think you are rewarding it for returning to the house.

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Dogs that were bred in puppy _____ are often the hardest to train.

If you adopt a dog that came originally from a puppy mill where the crowded conditions didn't allow them to escape their own waste, they may have lost their natural instinct to stay clean. This makes them harder to train.

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_____ dogs need more potty breaks because their bladders are small.

Very small or toy breed dogs have very small bladders and can't hold their urine as long as bigger dogs can; be sure to take them for extra potty breaks to avoid accidents.

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