Tips for Housebreaking a Puppy

Have you just found your new best friend and are looking for a resource on housebreaking a puppy? Well, you have come to the right place. Here you will find all of the information you need for easily and successfully housebreaking a puppy. 

First things first, you want to make sure the housebreaking process begins as soon as you bring your puppy or dog home. You also must understand that puppy?'s are very predictable. They are often on a set bathroom schedule. As soon as your puppy eats his or her breakfast or dinner you will want to take them outside straight away because in the few moments after they eat they will have to go to the bathroom. While this is a sure fire way to know when your puppy has to poop it can be a little harder to tell when they have to pee. That is why you will want to take your puppy outside hourly to give them every opportunity to pee. Puppies?' bladders are extremely small so they will probably have to pee most of the time when you take them outside. 

Ok, now while you are outside and your puppy is doing their business, as soon as they squat down to pee you will want to say something like ?"go potty?" while they are peeing. Then, when they are finished, you will want to give them all the praise you can muster saying ?"good boy or girl?" and giving them lots of pets to let them know that peeing outside is a good thing. You will want to repeat this step every time they pee. Don?'t tell them to go potty before they start peeing. You want to teach them that the ?"go potty?" command means for them to pee, so when you give the command when they are already peeing and then praise them after wards you are rewarding them for this action and soon they will begin to understand that when you say, ?"go potty?" you are telling them to go pee and they will learn to pee on command. This is an amazing command to have your dog learn, it will save you many hours of waiting outside for your dog to finally find the right spot to go. 

You can follow this same formula for teaching your dog to poop on command as well. Just change the command to something different like, ?"go poop?" perhaps, whenever your dog is pooping. Once they are finished give them all the praise in the world and soon they will learn that, ?"go poop?" means that you want them to poop. This is another command that can come in handy, especially in the cold winter months! 

If you begin housebreaking a puppy as soon as you bring them home they should pick up these commands quickly and easily and your puppy should be housebroken within a few days. Also, purchasing a crate for your puppy is highly recommended, because when you are not there your puppy will probably have to go to the bathroom and they will not feel shy about doing their business wherever they please. That is why having a crate can greatly reduce the accidents that will occur when you are away. The point of a crate is to be their sanctuary that will keep them out of trouble while you are not there. A crate is a key ingredient in successfully housebreaking a puppy. When your puppy is finally housebroken don?'t feel shy about continuing to give them praise in order to constantly reaffirm that going to the bathroom outside is a good thing.

Depending on what kind of dog you have, housebreaking a puppy can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If your puppy needs a little longer to get the hang of things, don?'t be discouraged; just keep repeating the steps given above and you will eventually be successful. Just remember that repetition is key when housebreaking a puppy.

 

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