Housebreaking your little furry friend may take a while but the end result is definitely worth the time you put into his training.
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 housebreaking your puppy will take much longer. If you start when your puppy is young consistently enforcing the rules, he will feel more secure.
Puppy Pads will be Important Until Your Pup is Fully Housebroken
place puppy pads on the floor and always take him to an area with a puppy pad to relieve himself. In the beginning, you can use a lot of puppy pads to prevent accidents but you will want to reduce the number of puppy pads gradually.
Eventually, you want to only have one place in the house that is permissible for him to relieve himself. Here is where you would have a couple of puppy pads next to each other so he knows where to go in the house.
Be Vigilant When Your Puppy is Learning Don’t Let Him Out of Your Sight if Possible
When you housebreak, 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 him he could easily relieve himself on the floor. Once he starts to go on the floor, it can be really hard to break him from 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 always watch him. This way you can ensure that he only goes to 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. You will need to train your puppy how to use the doggy door, but they usually get this behavior pretty quickly. However, in the beginning, you will need to get to him right when he wakes up from a nap or in the morning so you can take him outside, preferably using the doggy door.
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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