How To House Train A Puppy

How To House Train A Puppy
If you’re looking to learn how to house train a puppy, there are a few things you need to understand which will make your life, and your puppies’ a whole lot easier and happier. Here’s some simple tips to make house training a puppy a lot less stressful, and a whole lot more successful.
1. Understand Puppy Behavior
Puppies don’t know what is right or wrong; you are the one who will teach him that. For instance, your puppy does not know that urinating on the carpet is bad, what he understands is he needs to pee.
He is about to urinate when he starts running around in circles, take him to the spot designated where he can go about his business. Do this over and over until he learns that that spot is where he should conduct his business.
2. Hygiene – Even at an early age, a puppies sense of smell is very powerful. They can analyze all sorts of smells and scents which are completely unrecognizable to humans. Accidents (wee/ poop in the wrong area) happen, and it is important to clean up so there are no scents or odours on the affected area. They can especially locate the areas they have used as a toilet in the past, even over the most powerful of household cleaning agents. Dogs are also creatures of habit, which means they like to use the same place for their toilet each and every time if at all possible.
3. Buy A Crate – A crate is a useful tool in learning how to house train a puppy, a way to contain him when you leave the house, and also makes it easy for you to bring him when you travel or when you need to take him to the vet. Further, it’s also an effective tool in teaching him hygiene as most puppies will not eliminate where they rest or sleep.
4. Regular Vet Visits – You should ensure all your puppies immunisations are up to date and make regular vet checkups part of your routine. Consider pet insurance as well for unplanned events.
5. Designated areas – Ensure you have set areas for things such as the food bowl/ feeding, sleeping area, potty and time out, etc.
6. Patience, Persistence and Repetition – To ensure your puppy training is successful these three factors are crucial.
7. Act quickly – This is important when potty training, as soon as your puppy shows signs they want to go toilet take them to the “designated” spot, don’t delay. As yucky as it sounds even if they have started to go pick them up and bring them to the designated place.
8. Reward – This is about using positive reinforcement to train your puppy. Never forget to praise your dog generously when it does “a job” outside. Reward your puppy immediately after they have done something good with their favourite treat, lots of praise and affection. Your dog will then be inclined to repeat the action. Praising is much more important than punishment when house training a puppy.
House training a puppy can be time-consuming and may even be frustrating at times, especially when you feel like you’re always cleaning up poo/ wee but stay calm and persist, and you will reap the rewards of having a well behaved healthy and happy puppy.

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