With a new puppy in the home, puppy house training guidelines must be worked out to prevent little “surprises” from appearing around your house. House training must be worked through by every new puppy and its owners. Some puppies require more time and patience to catch on, while other puppies learn the process rather quickly. So don’t be frustrated when you are not having that much progress with puppy training at first. If you manage to stay patient and calming your puppy will soon be well on its way to being housebroken.
In the Puppy’s Mind
Understanding how your puppy thinks can make puppy house training much easier. You must realize that the meaning of being clean doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to you and to your puppy. You think it is important for your puppy to go to a chosen spot in the garden and “go”, but to your pup, what’s important is to relieve himself where the notion takes him. Using the bathroom away from their food and bed, the basic health and safety rule of nature, is your puppy’s only concern. This means that any place else in your house, away from his bed and food, may be considered appropriate, from behind your couch to the floor in your bedroom. Places like this are perfectly fine for him, although definitely not for you; what you must do is instruct him and show him a better spot — one that you choose for him!
Anticipation of the Signs
The early warning system of a puppy is not very reliable during his first few weeks, so make sure to work it out as early as possible for both your benefits. Choose a location soon that is close to the puppy’s food, bed, or play area. You will find it rewarding to predict when it’s time to take your puppy to go out. Generally, puppies are required to go as soon as they wake up, after drinking or eating, when they are excited, after playing, or at least once every waking hour!
You must also learn to read your puppy’s body language and soon you’d realize the tell tale signs that tell you he needs to use the bathroom. When a puppy is persistently sniffing, circling a single spot or has his tail held high, those are common signals. When see this you need to immediately bring him to where you prefer that he relieve himself to build the association. Taking these steps will ensure that puppy house training is successful.
Even dogs that have gone through dog training classes will occasionally have small accidents when they are very excited or when greeting friends and family members. This type of response is natural and is called submissive urination. You shouldn’t treat this differently from regular house training. And even with other accidents, you should never chastise your dog. They will only be confused by punishment, and become secretive about going to the bathroom.
Do not shout at your dog when he has an accident due to excitement, instead take a patient approach and work things out with him until the habit is broken. It is best to try to greet new people while you are both still outside and the setting is low key. Greet your dog gently and build up his or her confidence. Don’t make a big deal out of an accident when it occurs. Soon your dog will no longer be having these accidents and you’ll be congratulating yourself for having successfully completed another round of puppy house training.
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