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How to House Train Your Puppy

Yard Training Your Dog

  • Praise your dog once he has finished doing his business out in the yard and then bring him back into the house promptly. This is to teach your dog the main purpose of the yard. Don’t leave your dog outside for a long time during the training period because it may cause confusion for your dog about the yard’s main function.
  • By bringing your dog to a particular area each time you go out to the yard, your dog will eventually only use that specific area of the yard. Sooner or later, your dog will be familiarized with that area of the yard.

Training Your Puppy/New Dog

  • Leave your puppy discreetly because by making a huge deal over leaving them at home alone makes them pick up a bad vibe from us. When you are going to go out, do not say bye to your puppy because your actions and this commotion that is going on makes him believe that you think that something is about to go terribly wrong once you walk out that door. This is one of the many reasons for separation anxiety. So to exit the house as subtle as you possibly can is the best thing to do.
  • For the first three days while you are at home with your puppy, put something chewable in his crate and leave your puppy in the crate for 60 minutes. By doing this, your puppy will connect the crate with nice things. By the end of the hour, go outside with him straightaway. Do this two times or three times daily.
  • By 9-12 months, your puppy won’t be needing the crate as much. So you should be allowing your puppy to stroll around the house freely while you are not around. But if your puppy honestly does cause too much mischief then put him back in the crate for a few more months. But in a couple of months time, by the age of one, your puppy should be trustworthy to not make a wreck of the house.

How To Control Your Dog’s Business

  • You are misguided if you believe that your dog is housebroken when he comes to you asking to be let out or waits by the door. By doing so, you are in fact putting an arduous burden on your pet. Take your dog out regularly for a potty break so that your dog will eventually realize that there will always be another potty break soon. Take your dog out for a potty break frequently. For example, first thing when you wake up and last thing before bed. But remember to be more tolerant if your dog isn’t feeling well. So if he needs more potty breaks, allow him to have it. Also, remember to let your dog go outside to do his business if he really needs it but his next break is still a long way off.
  • By always taking your dog outside for a potty break on schedule, you will soon find out when he does his business. It is highly likely that if your dog misses one of his potty breaks, he will have to go out and do his business while you are not at home. But you can quicken the process by bringing him out for a stroll. This proves that being observant is useful because it helps you avoid a tight situations such as your dog doing his business indoors because you weren’t around to bring him outside.
  • If your dog does his business in his crate, do not punish him, a stinky crate is a horrible punishment as it is.

Dogs at Night

  • Your dog may get up and begin rolling about throughout the night if he sleeps with you on your bed. This could imply that he wishes to go outside.
  • If you have a doggie door, the techniques are exactly the same, until your dog knows how to go outside all by himself without your help. But nevertheless, be there every step of the way during your dog’s training.You should always be there to praise him and to train him to use only specific areas of the yard.
  • If your dog starts crying in the middle of the night and he is in his crate, get a blanket and cover his crate with it.

By Michelle L.