Housebreaking your puppy/dog tips!

House Training

The Key to Training Success is You! Spend as much time with your puppy as possible during the first two to three weeks that your puppy is at 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 new puppy. Here are some suggestions to make this important training a success: Buy a crate and during the first few weeks, keep your puppy in it whenever you are not playing, holding, or watching him explore his new surroundings. Spend as much time as you can with your pup, but when you can’t watch him, crating him can prevent mistakes from occurring. In addition to providing the safe, secure refuge your puppy needs and wants, crates are critical to house training because as den animals, dogs are naturally inclined to not soil their bed. The most important thing dogs learn in a crate is that they can control their urge to eliminate until the proper time and situation. Establish a schedule and don’t deviate from it. The "when" and "how" you housetrain needs to be consistent so make sure all family members follow the same guidelines. Pick a soiling spot in your yard and take you puppy there on a lead when it is time to eliminate. The odor from previous visits to this spot will stimulate the urge to defecate and/or urinate. In the housebreaking process, it is a good idea to use the same word like "outside" when you are going out and "do your stuff" once you are outside. Consistent use of a word with an activity will help to build a level of communication between you and your puppy. Be patient. Dogs may urinate or defecate more than once in one outing and not always right away. Don’t distract your puppy from the job at hand. This is a business trip, not a social time. Praise them for their success when the job is done. Don’t mix business with pleasure. Wait until your puppy has finished and then take him back inside and spend some time with him. You know there is little chance the puppy will have to eliminate for a while so play with him and have a good time. The more time you spend with the puppy, the better it is. Remember, they are still young and need to act like a puppy, developing and learning about their new situation and environment. When you are finished playing, take one more trip outside and place the puppy back in its crate.