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5 Tips for House Training Puppies

puppyeatingHouse training puppies will require 5 things:  time, vigilance, patience, commitment and of course love.  But this really doesn’t have to take a  long period of time to accomplish.  It is just a matter of investing some of your time into it, keeping in mind that the  more time you spend the shorter the period of time will be.

House Training Puppies Tip 1 – Develop a Schedule of Puppy Training

You will have more success in house training puppies if you take him outside on a consistent and frequent schedule. You will need get your puppy to learn that the area for relieving himself is outside in the yard, not in your home.  This is something you will need to teach him as soon as he arrives in your home.

Take your dog outside if you think he may need to relieve himself, doing this during the first two months of so after your puppy has arrived.  It is during this period that it is critical in being able to successfully house train your puppy. He should be taken out every hour, 5 minutes after eating or drinking, after playtime or exercise.  He should also be taken out is if he becomes excited, or right before bed, and also  immediately after he wakes up in the morning.

House Training Puppies Tip 2 – Praise Your Puppy When He Does Right

Praise your puppy when he does something right, like relieving himself outside. Do not say ‘no’ when he does make mistakes or has accidents.  A puppy is too young to understand and it can set back your house training efforts.  If your puppy does something right, let him know by praising him for it.

House Training Puppies Tip 3 – Putting Your Puppy on a Regular Feeding Schedule

It is important to set up a regular feeding schedule for your puppy because most puppies usually need to be fed three or four times a day, depending on their age. Puppies usually have to go outside soon after waking up and within 30 to 40 minutes after they eat.  By feeding your puppy at the same time each day this will help lead to him being able to relieve himself at more consistent or  predictable times.  You should also plan any outside trips around these patterns.

House Training Puppies Tip 4 – Always Watch Your Puppy at all Times

When you simply can not  watch your puppy close enough, he needs to be confined to an area that is just small enough so that he will be less likely to defecate there. You can also consider crate training your puppy by using the crate to confine him, since temporary confinement to a crate is intended to inhibit your puppy from defecating in the space he is confined in.  Crate training helps a puppy to develop better bladder and bowel control, by learning to hold it and go at convenient scheduled times.

House Training Puppies Tip 5 – Always be Patience in Your Puppy Training

Be sure to never scold or punish your puppy for his mistakes and accidents. Remember as your puppy gets older, the more he will be able to control his bodily functions. At some point your puppy will have developed enough control over his bladder and bowels that he will be able to keep from going and hold it for longer periods of time. Your puppy need to accomplish this in his own time. Keep in mind that most puppies are not reliably house trained until they are at least 6 months old.

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