Guide to Housebreaking Your Puppy

>> 2/1/09

Keeping your house spic and span with an untrained puppy is virtually impossible. If not properly trained both you and your puppy will not be happy. Housebreaking your puppy is the first training you should do. Start off with a schedule and be consistent. As creatures of habit, it is in their nature to keep schedules as pack animals.

Puppies Age To Start Housebreaking

It is best to start housebreaking your puppy when he/she reaches 8 to 12 weeks of age.

Crate Help

If you are going to use crate training to help you along, when choosing your crate it should be large enough for the puppy to move around in.

In order to housebreak your puppy, keep in mind that puppy's 3 to 8 weeks have to relieve themselves every 3 hours so be sure to take them outside within that time period. If you leave your puppy in the crate for longer amounts of time he will not be able to hold it. Never, ever use the crate as punishment you do not want your puppy to associate the crate as a bad thing.

Routines Are Important For Your Puppy

Another tip is to leave the house through one door only. This door should be the one that you want your dog to scratch to warn you about his being called by the nature.

Taking your pup out at around the same times every day will be very beneficial for the both of you. This will help in establishing a routine, and will make him learn to hold it in until you become available to take him out.

Look For Clues

In order to accomplish this goal, you must pay attention to the signs that your dog is giving you when he needs to go out. He may scratch on the door, starting at the door, circling in an area or he may be constantly sniffing. That is your clue to let him out.

Patience, Patience, Patience

Like any training endeavor, housebreaking requires a lot of patience. If you definitely despise cleaning your dog's waste off your Persian carpets on an hourly basis and having your whole house smell like a public bathroom, you want the housebreaking to be successful in a wink of an eye, if not sooner.

Common Sense Makes a Lot of Sense

Common Sense will help you and your dog while housebreaking. Stick to a routine, do not give him water before bed, to not ignore the clues.

In order to succeed in housebreaking your puppy patience and consistency is of vital importance. If for some reason you are not able to stick to the routine and your puppy has an accident don't blame him just get back into that routine as soon as possible. It will take a lot of time and commitment on your part but don't give up.

Stay Consistent!

About the Author:

Michelle Johnson is highly respected in her community for her knowledge on how to care for and train your dog. For further information and articles visit Rusty The Dog Blog

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