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5 Tips for Housebreaking Your Puppy

By Alison_wood @midnight_eden

5 Tips for Housebreaking Your PuppyMany pet owners experience the joy of bringing home a new puppy to form a lasting relationship. However, with this new addition comes the responsibility of housebreaking, along with the related frustration often involved. In order to allow pets to learn your expectations as soon as possible, you need to train your puppy to follow certain rules from the very first day. Homeowners can make this instructional process much easier for themselves and create a positive experience for their puppy that will result in the best outcome if they follow proven techniques.

Housebreaking a puppy is best achieved through creating a sense of consistency throughout the training process. Dogs respond well to this, whereas trying different methods at various times will only cause confusion. House training a puppy can be made easier by remembering to use positive reinforcement when dogs are in the act of relieving themselves appropriately, and utilizing negative expressions and tone when not. Pet owners are advised to look for signs that indicate their puppy is preparing to go potty. If the dog paces, circles, or sniffs, it is trying to say it wants to be outside, so be sure to oblige and watch for expected results. Dog training advice based on proven approaches can make a pet owners’ life much more manageable when it comes to the housetraining process.

1. Teach respect for territory. One method that works particularly well for identifying living quarters is the use of a crate or kennel, which may be purchased in a number of sizes. Dogs will instinctually not relieve themselves inside the crate, as they will view it as their personal territory. When the owner removes the pet from their designated space, they should immediately place it in the area where they want them to go potty. Within a couple of weeks, the puppy will begin to associate the potty training area with the act itself.

2. Designate a specific area. One option is paper training, in which the owner places old newspapers in certain places where they would prefer their puppy to go. Animals must receive positive reinforcement immediately when using the paper. Papers can be placed right inside the back door, in a pile to be made smaller and smaller over time. This pile can eventually be moved outside and then removed altogether once training has been achieved.

3. Eliminate unwanted odor attraction. If your pet is repeatedly using a spot indoors that they should not, they may often be seeking this area out by smell from a previous accident. To prevent the pet from returning to such an area, deodorize thoroughly to remove the related association. If the puppy still returns, you will need to use more of a recommended pet deodorizing product in the future.

4. Be consistent. To create a uniform approach, make sure that everyone living in your home is involved in the housebreaking process. Each person should use the same cue word with the puppy to be associated with using the toilet and only reprimand the pet if it’s caught in the act of relieving itself in an undesignated space. Otherwise, the pet will not make the necessary connection to the act itself.

5. Maintain a schedule. Be sure to keep a routine that you follow with your pet. For instance, an owner may wake up at the same time in the morning and take her dog outside immediately. Also, try to feed your puppy at the same time each day, taking it outside afterward to reinforce this as a proper time to go.


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