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Housetraining a Mastiff in Five Easy Steps

House training any new dog when you bring them home is essential in order to avoid “accidents” that leave stains and odours on your furniture or on the floor.

The key when house training a puppy is consistency and establishing a schedule the dog can easily follow.

Here’s how to house train your mastiff in 5 easy steps:

1. Find an area where the dog can poop

This area should be preferably outside but if you live in an apartment then you can use newspapers which you line a small part of the floor with. Every time the dog needs to “go,” take her to the designated area and let her do her business. Praise her every time when she does this in the correct area. Ensure that you take her to the exact spot every time.       

2.  In case of an “accident”

Do not punish the mastiff; instead correct her by taking her to the designated spot. Lavish her with praise for going to that spot.

Clean the poop or urine from the floor or carpet by soaking it up with paper towels. Remove the odour by washing the area with enzymatic cleaners or sprinkling some baking soda or vinegar on it before washing it up. Clearing up the odour will help prevent the puppy from coming back to the same spot to urinate or defecate since it smells familiar.    

3. Have a good schedule

Puppies should be taken outside after meals, in the morning when you get up and if they have been asleep for some time. When the puppy eats, it will send signals that prompt it to eliminate in preparation for the food that is coming in. Take your puppy outside and let it run around for some time. It will usually eliminate any time from 30 minute to an hour after eating. Some puppies may poop as soon as 15minutes after eating.

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If your puppy feeds more times or takes a lot of water she will naturally have to go to the toilet more often. So, ensure that you take her outside as frequently as you feed her or leave easy access to the location of it's toilet.

4. Small area confinement

Most people use crates to confine the puppy to a small area, but you can also use a box to limit the area the puppy has access to. This area may be used to feed the puppy or as a sleep and play area. Confining the puppy to a small area will give it less room to soil. Naturally, the puppy will want to keep her area clean and will not soil it.

You can use this method at night, early morning or anytime you are not around to pay attention to the puppy’s activities. However, this confinement should not be for extended periods of time.

Once you are back, take the puppy outside to the designated area and let her eliminate there.    

5. Be observant

Puppies show certain behaviour when they are about to eliminate. Reach out for the tell tales in order to know when to rush your puppy outside before she has a chance of soiling the floor or furniture. Some of these signs include going around in circles, becoming restless and squatting.

If your dog displays any of these, then stop what you are doing grab your puppy and take her outside unless you want to spend the next 30 minutes cleaning up after her.

These 5 tips will help you greatly in potty training a puppy. Always remember that puppies are like humans and they need to release themselves when the urge comes. Be considerate and not punish your puppy if accidents do happen.

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