Puppy Housebreaking Made Easy
Puppy housebreaking takes time and patience, but knowing some
simple rule can make the process easier. Here are some tips to
make housebreaking a dog easier.
1) Follow the Rules
There are two tried and true rules to effective puppy
housebreaking. The first rule is, if you don't catch your puppy
in the act, don't punish him! If you punish your puppy for
having an accident after the fact, he may not be able to equate
the punishment with the accident, and therefore he may not fully
understand why you're punishing him or how he can prevent
further punishment. Only punish your puppy for accidents when
you catch him in the act; that way, he can understand why he's
being punished and can begin to learn not to mess in the house.
The second rule is, praise your puppy when he does the right
thing. Don't create a situation in which your puppy feels
constantly punished. Let him know when he's pleased you; this
will make him want to please you again in the future.
2) Choose a Method and Stick to It
There are several different methods of puppy housebreaking.
Three of the most popular are:
- Paper training
- Crate training
- Constant supervision
Paper training begins inside the house, and involves training
your puppy to relieve himself on newspapers or puppy pee pads.
Once he's got the hang of that, you can begin teaching him to go
Crate training works because dogs don't like to urinate or
defecate in the same place where they sleep. In crate training,
the puppy is placed in a crate or cage at night and whenever you
can't supervise him during the day. When you take him out of the
crate, you also take him outside so he can relieve himself.
Crate training can be very effective, though puppies should be
allowed plenty of time out of the crate, so they don't develop
Constant supervision means that you spend all of your time
with the puppy, watching his behavior and reacting appropriately
when it looks like he needs to relieve himself. This method
isn't for everybody, but it can be suitable for retirees and
people who work from home.
3) Use Specific Verbal Cues
Specific verbal commands can help your dog to more quickly
understand what you're doing and what you'd like him to do. Say
the word "outside" whenever you take your puppy outside; to
encourage your dog to do his business, use a phrase like "Go
potty" or "Do your business." When your puppy's finished, praise
him with the words "Good dog."
4) Make Your Puppy's Feeding Schedule Work for You
A feeding schedule can be a great help with puppy
housebreaking. Your puppy will need to go outside when he wakes
up, and he'll need to go outside about thirty minutes after
eating or drinking. Keeping this in mind can help you avoid
Keeping a regular feeding schedule can also help those who
need to plan their dog's or puppy's trips outside. A consistent
feeding schedule means that your puppy's bathroom breaks will be
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