Great Tips On How To House Train Your Dog

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Great Tips On How To House Train Your Dog

by Geri Stogsdill

Your children have just talked you into purchasing a new puppy. He is such a cute thing! You bring him home and then right off the first thing you notice is that the puppy has relieved himself right there on your living room carpet. All of a sudden now, this new puppy is not as cute as you thought he was. Does all that sound familiar? Are you wanting to know just How to House Train Your Dog?

Housebreaking is the most important thing your puppy must learn. The ideal housebreaking age is when your puppy reaches the age of 8 to 12 weeks old. At that time is when you really should begin housebreaking your dog. In my opinion, the very best way to house train your dog is by using a crate. Most all dog trainers suggest using a crate in housebreaking your puppy. A crate is like a cage, with see-through bars and a locking door. The size of the crate should accommodate the dog?s size so that it can move around. Try to think of the crate as the dog's bedroom. It is also advised that you never confine your puppy in his crate for no more than two hours at a time.

What is great about using a crate in housebreaking your puppy is that dogs don't normally eliminate by their sleeping areas. However keep in mind though that the puppy may be forced to relieve himself if you cruelly lock him in somewhere for longer than he can hold it in. It is never advised that you use a crate to punish your dog because it will definitely backfire on you. And in most cases, a puppy that is three-months old usually needs to eliminate about every three hours.

Also it is very important that you make your puppy learn some type of routine. Another very important tip on how to house train your dog and one that most all dog trainers will advise you of is that whenever you are taking your dog outside to relieve himself that you should always leave the house through one door only. This door should be the one that you want your dog to scratch in order to let you know that he is ready to go outside. And taking your puppy out at around the same times every day will be very beneficial for the both of you. By doing both of these tips, you will help in establishing a routine for your puppy as well as yourself. And in turn, the puppy will soon learn to hold it in until you become available to take him out.

Another great tip on How to House Train Your Dog is to start looking for clues that your puppy needs to potty. For example if your un-housebroken dog is accustomed to roaming freely around the house, then you will need to search for signs that show you he needs to go potty. This can be done by being really observant of the puppy's behavior such as heavy sniffing, circling an area, or staring at the door with an intense look on his face. And if you catch your puppy while he is doing it, then stop him with a quick grab of his collar and pull him up while saying "No" using your deep, stern tone. Don't forget to use a deep, gruff voice when stating commands. Then, take your puppy outside and let him finish what he is doing. Once the puppy has finished relieving himself then always pat him on the head while saying "Good (his name)!" Always remember to get your puppy use to being praised whenever he does anything that makes you proud. You can also reward your puppy with a treat when he does potty in the appropriate spot because that can also help him understand what is required.

Keep in mind that like any training endeavor, housebreaking your puppy does require an awful lot of patience. If you definitely despise cleaning up your puppy's accidents off of your carpets then it is vital that the housebreaking be successful as soon as possible.

Also it is important that you use a little common sense while dealing with How to House Train Your Dog. For example, you would not want to give your puppy water before bedtime if his tendency is to go often at night time. Aside from patience and common sense, consistency is also another very important factor in training your puppy. If you suddenly forget about the routines yourself, then of course do not blame your puppy if he should start having accidents more often.

Is your dog disobedient? Or does your dog embarrass you in public? And are you sick of excessive biting, barking, whining, etc? For more information on dog training and How to House Train Your Dog, visit

Geri Stogsdill - EzineArticles Expert Author

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