Nearly all of the puppies owned by Americans make their home indoors. You need to do some housebreaking with them if you are considering having them live in the home. The process of potty training a puppy is a prospect that intimidates many dog owners. But it's really not that hard to accomplish, it doesn't need to be messy, and you don't have to struggle with your pet when housebreaking him. You have to keep in mind though that this is a training issue and you have to put in a little more than just casual effort. You will need time, a little more involvement, as well as some training tools such as puppy training pads.
The Puppy Rules
For those who own dogs or puppies, there are two major puppy training guidelines to follow. Remember to never punish your puppy for something you didn't see him do. Two, always remember to praise your puppy for good behavior. Don't let training lead to situations where your only action is saying ‘no' when you catch your pet doing something wrong. Let them know through praises and rewards when they do something right.
Housebreaking Guidelines for Your New Puppy
There are different ways to housebreak puppies. When starting indoors, encourage your pup to use puppy training pads or papers to go to the bathroom on. Puppy pads generally are treated with scented chemicals that lure pups and get them to use the pads. As soon as you see them starting with their pre-potty pattern of walking around and sniffing the floor, pick them up gently and without saying anything, and carry them over to the puppy training pads or paper and reward them for the doing their bathroom acts properly.
When the new dog is comfortable with the papers or puppy training pads, they can then be put near the door or even outside. The change is made from concentrating on bathroom habits at a location inside the house to a location outside the house. In the very near future you will have no need for papers or training pads indoors.
The drawback of this approach to housebreaking is that more time is required to get the pup to do his business inside. Some other popular techniques used for house training your puppy are puppy crate training or using cages which require constant looking after by the owner.
The maximum amount of time that dogs can hold their bladders and bowels is between seven and eight hours, so you should keep that in mind when using a crate or a cage, trying to housebreak your dog. Crate training usually works because dogs do not like to mess their sleeping places, then have to lie in it. However it is not recommended to leave them in a cage or crate longer than necessary.
The use of crates/cages and papers/puppy pads is not required if you have constant supervision. In this case, the owners elect to be with their puppies for as much time as necessary. This is very ideal for people who work at home, retired persons, or owners who can afford to spend a lot of time with their puppy. This method usually allows the owner to get their puppy out of the house when they first recognize the signs that the puppy needs to go to the bathroom. You need to keep a constant eye on your puppy to prevent any accidents or slip-ups.
To sum up, puppy housebreaking and training should be treated as part of the ‘come' and ‘stay' command trainings. However, housebreaking and potty training a puppy are always the messiest lessons, and will usually give you more problems than any other form of dog training. Have faith!
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