House Training A Puppy

House Training A Puppy

House Training your New Puppy.

Bringing home that tail wagging, slobbery, fluffy new puppy is one of the most exciting moments in the life of a new dog owner! There is so much to discover with this special new furry member of your family. The ideas of long walks, games of fetch, and cuddly afternoons are likely on your mind as you introduce your new pup to your home. While having a new puppy is a time of excitement, it is also a time of hard work! House training a puppy can be one of the most daunting parts of your lovely new experience. Luckily, if done right this needn’t be a time of stress for you or your pup. Housebreaking a puppy can be shockingly easy if you follow a couple of simple rules!

Solid Routine

Just like humans, dogs thrive on a solid routine. Making sure your pup has regular mealtimes and potty times will help both of you in this process. Make sure to keep mealtimes at least two hours before bed time, this will help prevent your pup from having nighttime accidents in the house. Be consistent in your routine, as well as in your punishments and rewards.

Actively rewarding your puppy with praise and treats will encourage him to continue to keep up the good behavior! Positive recognition is very effective with puppies, as they naturally tend to be people pleasers. Rewards let them know that you are happy with them! A lack of consistency in your routine, rewards, and punishments will confuse your furry friend and lead to a lack of trust between the two of you.

Potty Phrase

Another way to build on routine is by finding a specific part of your yard for your dog to do his business. And coming up with a “potty phrase” that he can recognize when you take him there. Take your pup to the designated potty spot, and tell him to “go pee” every time. He will start to associate both the phrase and the place with doing his business. Eventually he’ll understand what and where he needs to go when you say your “potty phrase”.

This will also make your doggy clean-up easier in the long run! In the beginning of training, you should take your pup out to his potty spot every hour to avoid any accidents in the house. Be sure not to linger in the potty spot. If your pup doesn’t have to go, bring him right back in. This will make him understand clearly what is expected of him.

Supervise

To prevent accidents while you are home, you should closely supervise your pup, and take him out if it looks like he might need to relieve himself. Telltale signs of an impending accident include walking in circles, and sniffing around the floor. When you can’t be home with your puppy, keeping him enclosed in a crate is a good way to prevent inside accidents. Make his crate comfy and cozy with lots of soft blankets and a toy. Be sure to take your pup to his designated potty spot right before you put him in his crate, and right after. This will help to prevent accidents while you are away.

Bottom Line

It is important to keep your expectations low in the beginning. Remember that your puppy is still young and will need lots of encouragement, consistency and routine to really get his new potty habits down. It is very normal for a new puppy to have low bladder control. But as he grows up this will very likely improve. With a little bit of patience, and lot of routine, your new four-legged family member will be accident free in no time!

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