House Training a Puppy Tips
The moment you bring your puppy home, you have to start training the puppy how to behave.
While some people will prefer to start later when the puppy is older, some behaviour is easier to control as the
puppy adjusts to his new schedule. That way you can make correct behaviour a part of the puppy.
When house training your puppy, do not expect that the puppy
will learn correct behaviour overnight. For this reason, it is essential that you are patient with the puppy.
To begin housetraining, you can restrict the puppy in a crate. This crate should be large enough that the puppy
can lie down and turn around in. You could line the bottom of the crate with paper or towels that will keep the
This crate serves to contain the puppy ensuring that the puppy does not eliminate in unwanted areas. The puppy
will also want to keep his “house” clean and will not eliminate in the crate. The puppy should e placed in the
crate when he is napping, at night when you go to sleep and any other time when you don’t have time to supervise
the dog’s movement.
Be consistent in your training; take the puppy to the specific spot you want him to use as a potty area. Wait
till the puppy has eliminated, praise the puppy then take him back to the house. You need to make your puppy’s elimination a routine this means that you
have to come up with a schedule for the puppy.
Elimination time is mostly determined by feeding times. Every 30 minutes after you feed the puppy, you have to
have to take the puppy to the potty area. The puppy will also need to eliminate more if the weather is not
Avoid making excuses for the puppy; if you get the puppy in winter don’t use the cold as an excuse to delay the
puppy’s house training. If the puppy’s potty area is outside then take the puppy outside, in fact he will be
more willing to eliminate so that he can go back to the house where it’s warmer.
If the puppy can’t hold it in or just messes up in the house, just clean up the pee or poop. You can use
commercially available products to ensure that the odour is completely removed from the spot the puppy eliminated
To avoid any accidents at night, the puppy should be fed early in the evening; that way, the food is digested
and the puppy eliminates it when you take him out at night. This will reduce the likelihood of the puppy soiling
his quarters at night.
As the puppy grows older he will have better bladder and bowel control, this means that you can he can now hold
it in longer. You can then do away with some of the elimination time and let the puppy do something else during
Leaving your puppy unsupervised before he is house trained is a recipe for disaster. Always ensure you can keep
track of the puppy’s movements, if you can’t then invest in a good crate.
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