Housebreaking your little furry friend is also a very important part of your puppy’s education. It’s important to everyone in your household that your puppy learns where he can go to relieve himself.
To help your puppy learn you should always praise him when he goes to the right location. You can crate him at night, then quickly place him in an approved location when he wakes up. Give him some time, then praise himself once he starts to go. If you avoid accidents, you should be able to train your puppy without any problems. Once accidents begin to happen, it can be extremely hard to break the pattern.
When you housebreak your puppy, you should never give him any freedom. Getting it right is a lot of work for him, and chances are he’d rather be doing something else. If you are tolerant with him and allow him to make mistakes, you’ll find yourself needing to be a lot more stern to break him of the bad habits that you have tolerated and allowed. If you start when your puppy is young and enforce the rules, he’ll be a happy member of your family in no time at all.
Be Vigilant When Your Puppy is Learning Don’t Let Him Out of Your Sight if Possible
When you house break, you should use confinement as much as possible. Confinement basically means that until you have housebroken your puppy, he isn’t allowed to freely move around the house. You should always keep a watchful eye on him and make sure that if he’s outside the crate – you know where he is at all times and what he is doing.
If you happen to take your eyes off of him even for a second, he could easily relieve himself on the floor. Once he starts to go on the floor, it can be really hard to break him of this habit. The smell will be there, and he will smell it the next time he is in that area. Each time he smells it, he will instantly go to the bathroom in that same area. The best way to prevent this from happening is to watch him at all times and ensure that he only goes in the area you have for him.
To housebreak your puppy, you should also allow him to go outside. A doggy door will solve this, as your puppy can go outside and relieve himself when the time comes. Puppy pads inside the house are good for cold, wet weather so your puppy always has somewhere to relieve himself. It’s good to provide your puppy with both indoor and outdoors relief stations.
Housebreaking your puppy can take you some time, although it will be well worth it once your puppy is properly trained. He’ll be an essential member of your family, and not use the bathroom anywhere he takes a notion. He will only relieve himself outside or in an area that you have trained him. Puppies need interaction with people, and if you are going to keep them inside – you’ll need to ensure that they have been properly housebroken.
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