House Training a Dog for
Better Results

House training a dog does not need to be a stressful time for you or your dog. While dogs need different types of training in order to become law-abiding citizens in your home and good companions, there is nothing more important than housetraining.

House Training a Dog for Better Results

You don’t want to spend your time cleaning up after a dog that doesn’t understand the proper time and place to use the bathroom, and your dog will feel uncomfortable if you are always upset because they don’t do this correctly.

Consistency and Routine

Establish a routine that includes set times for feeding, watering and trips outdoors. In the beginning, your dog will need frequent trips outside so that they have many opportunities to use the bathroom throughout the day. Don’t assume that they will only need to relieve themselves right after eating or drinking. Humans need to go at other times of the day, and dogs are no different.

In general, a puppy can hold its bladder about one hour for every month of age. This means a six-month-old puppy should be able to go approximately six hours between potty breaks, but a two-month-old puppy will need to go out at least every couple hours. Older dogs may also need more frequent potty breaks.

Once you establish a routine, consistency is crucial. You want your dog to get used to the schedule so that they know when they will have the next opportunity to relieve themselves.

A Watchful Eye

Don’t allow an untrained dog to wander your home unrestricted and unwatched. When house training a dog, use baby gates, crates and dog pens to keep them where you can see them at all times. If you keep a leash on your dog during the day, you can tie or loop the leash to furniture legs or other stable items. This keeps the dog in one place where you can see them, and they may have room to climb on your lap or to allow you to bend over for bonding time as well.

You can allow them more access to your home and more time unsupervised as they prove they have mastered the potty schedule and are not making messes in the house. Do this slowly and only as your dog is ready for more freedom.

Simple House Training Made Easy

Accidents May Happen

Dogs are not perfect, especially young puppies who don’t understand why they can’t just squat whenever they feel the urge. When an accident occurs, catch your puppy in the act and stop them as quickly as possible. Instantly take them outside to let them finish their business.

Do not yell at, hit or scold your dog for accidents. This will cause anxiety and fear that interferes with their ability to train in confidence, and it will negatively influence your relationship with your dog. It is better to reevaluate your training schedule and make sure you have been completely consistent with that schedule. You may need to take your dog outside more frequently or add a potty break at a certain time of the day.

House Training a Dog for Better Results

Try to start by getting it use to a place to relieve itself,sometimes an absorbent mat,use one in a doggy pen indoors.

House Training a Dog with Positive Reinforcement

You don’t want to focus on your dog’s mistakes, but you should focus on what they do right. When they use the potty in the right place outside, give them love and attention.

Tell them what a good dog they are being. If your dog loves to play fetch or another game, you can reserve that fun for as an after-potty reward, but make sure the reward only comes if they have done the business. This allows your dog to associate going potty with something enjoyable that they want to obtain.

House Training a Dog for Better Results need not be Difficult

Help and Tips.

A Puppy need to urinate immediately after waking up, so you need to be there to take your puppy straight into the garden without any delay.

Repeat cue words to your puppy like 'wee wees' every time while the puppy is actually urinating and repeat a different word 'poo poos' when defecating.

By using these different words for each action the animal will associate each sound with the separate action involved so that you will be able to prompt the puppy's call for action later and praising it until so it begins to understand your requirements.

Never punish or chastise a dog or puppy for an accident which is bound to have on occasions,Punishing the puppy for its indoor accidents (which can make it scared and fearful of punishment of toileting in front of you - even outside).

Remember a puppy needs to go regularly and learn to go on their own so leave a door to a garden area were they can get access to go when required.

Leaving the puppy on its own too long is not a good idea, so that it is forced to go indoors (which sets a bad precedent for the future training, or even a habit of going indoors).

It is unfair to expect your puppy to go right through the night when it is very young.

Expecting a puppy to remain on its own for long periods of time is unrealistic without a mess, so sleeping in a puppy pen with an absorbent base can help with house training but you should let it out in the garden to relieve itself during the night.

Using ammonia based cleaning compounds (which smell similar to urine to your puppy) to clean pen bases is a good idea.

Always Stay calm and assertive.

Start and begin to generate in the puppy the lasting trust to secure the close bond that will last a lifetime.

Don’t let any unnecessary stress over this very natural, uncomplicated process and  taint any of the joy surrounding the puppy training process between you and  your new canine friend.

House Training a Dog for Better Results and a                   Happy Puppy

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