Housebreaking your puppy requires patience, commitment, and consistency. You can expect several soiling episodes in your home before you puppy becomes fully house trained. Check out these tips to help you in the house-training process.
Take Your Puppy Outside Frequently
Take the puppy outside after he wakes, after playtime, and after eating and drinking. Every two hours should be sufficient. Pick a bathroom spot and lead the puppy to that spot every time. This will eventually help it understand the significance of that spot.
Reward Your Puppy When It Goes
Showing affection or giving your dog a treat after he goes allows the dog to associate going to the bathroom outside with good behavior. This is important for puppy house training. Make sure you reward the puppy immediately after he has completed the expected act. Puppies get distracted easily, so it’s important to make this point quickly.
Remove Water Supply Before Bedtime
A few hours before bedtime, remove your puppy’s water dish. This reduces the chances of a nighttime accident. If your puppy does wake up in the middle of the night and hasn’t had an accident, take it outside to do his business. Don’t play, or else it might confuse the middle of night for playtime.
Clean Up Quickly
Use stain and odor removers on surfaces that your puppy had an accident on. If the dog associates the scent of waste with a particular inside area, it may encourage your dog to use that area as a toilet.
If you catch your puppy red-handed, don’t overreact. Remember that you’re in control. Pick it up and take it outside. Dogs can sense frustration and stress and may pay more attention to your emotions than the lesson at hand.
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