Are You Failing Miserably At House Breaking Your Puppy?

>> 5/13/09

Having a puppy or a dog is a serious business. It's fun for sure, but there's some work involved. And one of the first things you'll need to tackle when you have a new puppy is house breaking your puppy. Potty training puppies is no picnic.

That's not to say it's necessarily all that hard, just that it can be if you don't know what you're doing.

And if you don't want a completely disrupted household then you need to get it right. For your sake, for your puppy's sake and for the sake of everyone else who lives in the house.

And it may not even be a puppy you're house breaking. Not everyone starts with a puppy, some for various reasons end up with an adult dog. Not that it's impossible to house train an adult dog, but like a puppy you need to know what you're doing.

It takes more than a page to set out everything you need to know about house breaking puppies and dogs, I keep that for my website. But there's a few things you should know at the start.

The first thing to appreciate is that your dog or puppy looks to you, as the boss dog, to set the rules and make them clear. Dogs are prepared to follow the rules, but you need to teach them correctly. Some people think that teaching the rules involves punishing your dog for every breach of the rules, but don't.

But you do need to be firm and consistent setting the rules.

In the past dog owners would show the potty place to the dog then punish him every time he got it wrong until he got it right. This is a recipe for serious household stress and failure. You need to use positive reinforcement.

And potty training a puppy is a process that takes as long as it takes. Regardless of how long it takes. Every dog or puppy is different. There is no recommended time, it will take as long as it takes. It will work if you're doing it right, it just may not work tomorrow.

Don't expect immediate results. Be happy if you get them, but keep at it if you don't.

House breaking a puppy is a procedure. You need to learn the right procedure then follow it for as long as it takes for your puppy to get it. Be consistent, don't punish, keep the training up and every puppy can be house trained.

It's about you as much as it's about him. Know what you're doing and do it as long as you need to, consistently. Find out more advice about house breaking puppy at my website.

Are You Failing Miserably At House Breaking Your Puppy? by Peter Albertony

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