House Breaking

Spend as much time with your puppy as possible during the first two to three weeks your puppy is home. Be consistent, patient, praise when appropriate, and be willing - for however long it takes - to invest the time and energy necessary to make this important training time a success. The effort you  put forth now will be well worth it for the lifetime of your  pup.

Here are some suggestions for house training puppy.

BUY A CRATE OR BABY GATE

Confinement and routine are the two important things to remember in potty training your puppy quickly and successfully.  A baby gate can be used to place baby in a utility room, or bathroom, with a tile floor. A pet bed, food and fresh water, puppy will be safe while you are out. A crate, no paper down, is used to teach puppy to “hold it”, until you take him to his place to potty.

ESTABLISH A SCHEDULE

Establish a schedule and don’t deviate from it. The “when” and “how” you housetrain needs to be consistent so make sure all the family members follow the same guidelines.

PICK THE SOILING SPOT

Pick the soiling spot, a place in your yard, and take your pup there when it is time to eliminate. The odor from previous visits to this spot will stimulate the urge to defecate and /or urinate.

BE PATIENT

Dogs may urinate or defecate more than once during the outing. Don’t distract your pup from the job at hand. Some pups do not want you to observe them while going potty. If this is the case, place them in a safe place, such as an exercise pen, and leave them alone long enough to take care of their needs. If you catch puppy in the act of having and accident, tell him, “NO!” forcefully, pick him up and take him to his potty place. If you don’t catch him, simply clean up the mess and scold yourself for not being available. Do not scold the puppy.

PRAISE THEM

Praise them for their success. Pat them and say, “Good Dog”. Be consistent, patient, praise when appropriate, and be willing__for however long it takes___ to invest the time and energy necessary to make this important training time a success. The effort you put forth now will be well worth it for the lifetime of your pet.

MOST PUPPIES SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT:

  • After waking in the mornings

  • After naps

  • After meals

  • After play or training

  • Before being put to bed


 The #1 rule in this, as in training your dog to do anything, is to be consistent!!

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