Housetraining Tips from a Certified Dog Trainer & Canine Specialist

At Skout’s Honor, we love to provide educational tips and tools for our customers, to help them deal with their everyday pet stain and odor issues. Adopting a new puppy (or any rescue animal for that matter) can be one of the most trying times for pet owners and is one of the most common reasons why they seek expert advice.

Train your Puppy!

We’re excited to offer these specific tips for Housetraining Your Puppy from our Guest Blogger Renee Jones, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer & Canine Specialist!


The amount of time it takes to housetrain your puppy is primarily dependent on you. If you do it right, it shouldn’t take long at all, perhaps just a few weeks. Dogs are unique – some “get it” right away and others don’t get it quite so fast.

The most important thing to remember when housetraining your puppy is that unless you actually catch him in the act of having an accident in the house, you should NOT punish him or yell at him. Above all, do NOT take him to the spot and put his nose in it or show it to him. First of all, if he had an accident it is your fault, not his. You should have been watching him more closely. Secondly, he will have no idea why you are mad at him. He’s gone potty hundreds of times before and been praised for it. He does not fully understand the concept of “place” yet, so punishing him for something that is natural (going potty) only confuses him.

If you do catch him in the act, quickly (but calmly) pick him up and without raising your voice, say NO! and take him outside. When he finishes, praise him.

Most puppies will go into a “pre-potty” routine. Some of the common signs that he is getting ready to go potty are sniffing the floor and circling an area. Watch for these signs and go outside immediately!

If you are crate or cage-training your puppy, there are a few important things to remember:

  • Make sure your crate/cage is properly sized for your puppy.
  • Do not put food or water in the cage.
  • Take your puppy outside immediately after you open the cage.
  • Whenever your puppy is not being watched by a responsible family member, he should be in the cage. You might also want to have a leash on your puppy and loop it through your belt or keep it on your wrist so he can’t wander off to go potty when you aren’t watching him.
  • Like most training, housetraining is about consistency & positive reinforcement. Use specific commands to tell your puppy what you want him to do and use the same command all the time. For example, say “Outside” when it’s time to go out to potty. Once you’re there, pick another word or short phrase like “Hurry Up” or “Find a spot” to have him do his business.
  • If you keep your puppy leashed when he is outside you will make certain he is actually going potty when he is outside. If we just let the puppy out in the yard unattended, he may easily get distracted and forget to go.   Then when he comes back inside and has an accident we can’t understand it! He was just outside!!
  • As soon as your puppy goes to the bathroom, praise him!! Let him know that was exactly what you wanted him to do. Then take him back inside right away so that he only associates the word “outside” with going potty. A few minutes later you can take him out to play, if you wish.

If your puppy does have an accident in the house it is extremely important that you thoroughly clean the area with a product specifically made to clean pet stains and odors. If you don’t use a product for pet accidents, even if you can’t smell an odor your puppy can and he will return to that spot again and again. To him it will smell like it is “ok” to eliminate in that place.

Remember, until your puppy is accident-free, he is not housetrained. Even though you thought you were about done with this stage, you must go back to the same level of monitoring and training you were doing at the beginning of the training. Be patient! You’ll get there. The better job you do, the better your puppy will do!

More About Renee:

Renee Jones, CPDT-KSA is a certified professional dog trainer, having received instruction from canine behaviorist Dr. Pamela Reid, plus nationally acclaimed trainers: Patricia McConnell, Pia Silvani, Jean Donaldson and Victoria Stillwell, to name a few.  She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).  She serves as the Pet Marketing and Canine Specialist for JeffersPet and

Superbugs and Dental Disease – Why Wanton Use of Antibiotics for Dog Ailments is Dangerous

Superbugs and Dental Disease – Why Wanton Use of Antibiotics for Dog Ailments is Dangerous

Can probiotic pet grooming help reduce the need for antibiotics? This is incredibly important these days, considering our abuse of antibiotics.

The world is currently dealing with the emergence of microorganisms that are resistant to even the strongest of antibiotics. These bugs have adapted and evolved to the point that the medical and scientific community have started calling them “superbugs”.

Unfortunately, these organisms are threatening the very existence of humanity and our favorite pets –dogs. This is largely because they’re consistently evolving and beating the effectiveness of newer, more powerful antibiotics.

But this didn’t just start all of a sudden. Humanity is largely responsible for this new shift in the evolutionary capabilities of these microorganisms. We routinely use antibiotics for the slightest of health conditions for our dogs, and pets.

Antibiotics are Frequently Used Wrongly

Antibiotics shouldn’t be used for just about any condition, it should only be used in emergencies and upon recommendation. There are other treatment options available that do not require the use of antibiotics.

As a rule, all pet owners and animal doctors need to switch their treatment regimens to using antibiotics only when it’s very crucial. It shouldn’t be a first-line treatment or the first option for every condition.

This way, the antibiotics can become truly effective and powerful enough to treat the necessary conditions that they ought to treat. The good news is that all life-threatening infections and diseases can be truly combated with the introduction of antibiotics.

But to do this effectively, it’s important to highlight infections and conditions that are considered serious enough for a course of antibiotics in your dog and those that aren’t.

This way, it’ll be easier to prevent your dog from being exposed to certain health side effects that come with consuming too many antibiotics. One of these major conditions is dog dental disease.

Dental Disease and Antibiotics

Many pet owners routinely use antibiotics for dental disease in their dogs. Yet, this is highly unnecessary. Dental disease in your canine friend is pretty common. In fact, if your dog eats a lot of kibble, you can be sure that your dog will develop serious dental problems.

This is a pretty simple problem that can be resolved by simply taking them off the diet for a bit, and applying other treatment methods. The thing with kibble is it causes food residue to stick to the teeth.

This produces a result that’s similar to when humans have plaque in their teeth. The residue buildup results in excess bacteria trying to breakdown the food particles.

Left for too long, this results in cavities in humans. In dogs, however, this results in tooth discoloration, receding gums, and abscess in the roots of their teeth. If the root abscess lingers for long enough, it can result in a fracture of the jaw.

Non-Antibiotic Treatment and Prevention Options

When this happens, many veterinary doctors just prescribe antibiotics to treat dental disease. Yet, there’s an alternative treatment option in the form of calculus removal –this is like plaque in the human teeth.

However, calculus is only removable if it’s caught on time. The best way to make sure your dogs don’t develop dental disease in the first place is to have a healthy dental routine for your dogs.  

Brush their teeth frequently, use dog toothpaste if possible, and place them on natural foods. Whole foods and balanced diets are great for your dog’s dental health. Don’t joke with this. This helps with improving the microbiome in the guts and mouth of the dog.

Then, administer probiotics and dog products like those from to help introduce good bacteria in their mouth and guts. Follow these tips and you won’t have to worry about your dog losing their teeth and developing dental disease.

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Pet X Talk with Skout’s Honor on Innovations in Green Cleaning Technology

This month, Skout’s Honor was invited to give a “Pet X” talk about the innovations and next generation of green pet cleaning products. In the video, our VP Pete Stirling touches on a variety of points, including:

  • A brief history of stain & odor technologies and products in the pet marketplace
  • Why green-cleaning matters and the increasing demand from pet owners for eco-friendly, safer products
  • Consumer myths about green cleaning products
  • The California Green Chemistry Initiative 
  • The next generation of green cleaning solutions
  • What to look for when choosing a green cleaning product 
  • Why being “green and safe” does not mean that you have to give up power and strength

Wondering what makes Skout’s Honor products work Better, Faster, Stronger?

Our proprietary BioKore™ technology enables us to offer the most powerful cleaning products on the market that are still environmentally-friendly and safe to use around pets, family and the home.

A few BioKore facts:

  • Non-enzyme (never expires, requires no pre-treatment, not affected by variables like temperature or pet antibiotics)
  • Surfactant-based (derived from vegetable oils) with 3 times the cleaning power of other products
  • Works immediately to remove stains and odors
  • Matches or exceeds the effectiveness of chemicals that many companies are being forced to remove from their products as a result of the California Green Chemistry Initiative

Have more questions about how our green cleaning technology works? Email us at

Thanks again to Rob Semrow and the Pet X Talks team for this opportunity!

Even Dogs Have Dirty Laundry

Even Dogs Have Dirty Laundry

Do you sleep with your pets?  If you do, you’re not alone.  Co-sleeping with your dog or cat has now become more than a normal routine for pet parents in this country.

Pets Dirty Laundry!