Puppy Training: Ways to Train My Puppy

>> 3/25/09

Nearly all of the puppies owned by Americans make their home indoors. Dogs kept inside with your family and you need to be housebroken. Potty training a puppy is one of the situations many owners find themselves overwhelmed by. It is not that difficult, it doesn't have to be messy and housebreaking can be accomplished without a struggle. Training needs to receive a significant amount of time devoted to it in order for it to be successful. It requires time, involvement, and some tools of the trade such as puppy training pads.

The New Doggie is the Boss

For those who own dogs or puppies, there are two major guidelines to follow. Remember to never punish your puppy for something you didn't see him do. Two, always remember to praise your puppy for good behavior. Do not train by only using "no" when you see your dog doing something it should not be doing. Desirable behavior should be met with praise and treats.

Housebreaking/House Training your Puppy

Many methods exist for housebreaking your puppy. When starting indoors, encourage your pup to use puppy training pads or papers to go to the bathroom on. These pads are treated with chemicals that make puppies want to use them to do their business. The moment you observe them beginning the pre-elimination routine of pacing and sniffing at the floor, lift up the puppy and quietly relocate them to the paper or puppy training pads, and then offer them a reward for appropriately going to the bathroom.

When the new dog is comfortable with the papers or puppy training pads, they can then be put near the door or even outside. The transition is accomplished by focusing their toilet habits in a specific in the home to an outside place. In the very near future you will have no need for papers or training pads indoors.

The biggest issue with this method of puppy potty training is that is requires more time to get the puppy to go indoors. When house training puppies, other widely used techniques might work; you could, for example, use puppy crate training or cages, always accompanied by the owner's close supervision.

The maximum amount of time that dogs can hold their bladders and bowels is between seven and eight hours, so you should keep that in mind when using a crate or a cage, trying to housebreak your dog. Usually this technique is very effective because most puppies consider their cage or crate as their sleeping area and they don't want to have to lie in their own mess. Leaving them in their cage or crate for very long, however, is not good to do.

This is not to say, though, that continual supervision involves crates or cages, and paper or puppy pads. It is here that dog owners opt to spend whatever time is necessary with their pups. This works good for those who are retired, work from home, or any owner that can spend lots of time with the puppy. This method usually allows the owner to get their puppy out of the house when they first recognize the signs that the puppy needs to go to the bathroom. A constant watch must be kept on puppies to make sure that there are no accidents or slip-ups.

In summary, housebreaking your puppy should be considered a part of command trainings like 'come' or 'stay'. But puppy potty training and housebreaking will be the most difficult forms of puppy training due to the fact that they are simply the messiest. Don't give up!

Puppy Training: Ways to Train My Puppy by Nick Vasquez

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Read more about Puppy Training and discover the secrets to potty training a puppy as well as many other useful tips and techniques that will help you get the results of having that perfectly trained puppy that you deserve.

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