House Training A Puppy

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House Training A Puppy

by Lee Tuan James


House training a puppy is a vital step in dog training if you would like your young puppy to establish good habits from the beginning when it comes to urinating and defecating.

While house training a puppy can be challenging and some breeds more difficult to train, the good news is all puppies can be house trained successfully.

To get off to a good start, it is important to learn as much about the breed of your puppy. By talking to other dog owners, veterinarians and reading books, you can discover many tips and pointers along the way to help you in your puppy house breaking process.

Another essential key to successful house training is the establishment of routines. You and your family members will have to come out with specific routines so that everybody will be consistent with your puppy training. Since everything is still new and strange to your puppy, with a routine, it will also be easier for your puppy to know what is expected of him.

Examples of some common house training routines are:

  • When your puppy wakes up, take him to the potty area.
  • Feeding your puppy on specific times of the day.
  • Half an hour after your puppy have eaten, bring him to potty again.
  • In the evening prior going to bed, take him out to potty.

Given proper attention, the process of house training a puppy should take approximately two to four weeks to establish a routine and between six to twelve months to be completed.

Extra Tips & Hints To House Training A Puppy Successfully

  • Spending as much time as possible to bond with your puppy during the first few weeks will help both you and your dog to understand each other better. This will also help you to easily recognize the signs when your puppy needs to go potty.
  • Choose a cue word like 'go potty' every time to tell your puppy whenever you want your dog to potty so that he will understand what it means.
  • Be consistent with your house training routines and expectations especially with how you express those expectations to your dog. If necessary, modify your training methods accordingly, however remember to always keep the training short, simple and fun.
  • Be generous with your praise for your puppy every time he does the right thing in the right place. Control your temper and never discipline your dog for any accident indoors. Shouting, screaming or exhibiting anger is pointless and will only make your puppy nervous and create bigger problems in the future.

Dog Training Classroom's Top Tip On House Training A Puppy: Housebreaking of your puppy can be an enjoyable process if you are persistent, patient and take it a step at a time. And remember to start the training early because it is always easier to cultivate good habits in your dog from the beginning than it is to break bad habits later.

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