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House Training Your Puppy

Welcome your pooch into your home

Posted April 17, 2012 in Dog Behavior

OK, so you just came home with the cutest, cuddliest, and most beautiful puppy. Now what?

The first and most important thing to do with a new puppy is to begin a routine, and central to that routine will be getting your bundle of joy house trained. As much as you love your new puppy, you won’t love finding mistakes and accidents around every corner. It can seem daunting, but a few key strategies will help you get your pet on the right track to being a well-mannered member of the household!

Eliminate the chance for accidents.

In the early days with your new puppy, you want to avoid the chance for “accidents” to happen. If you never give your puppy the chance to go to the bathroom in your house, he or she won’t even think it’s an option. This means you are going to be taking your puppy outside a lot — and we mean a lot. Puppies pass food and water extremely quickly, and any excitement or activity makes ithappen even faster.

We recommend taking your puppy out every 30 minutes — he or she will definitely need to go. Each time you go out, go to the same spot, use a word that you want to attach to the idea of “going” (potty, pee pee, or even just “go”) and say it a few times. When your puppy relieves him or herself, go crazy with praise, including plenty of “good dogs” and patting and positive reinforcement. Give a treat if your puppy is very food motivated. Then go right back in the house — you want your dog to realize that these trips are for “business.”

As your puppy gets older, you can extend the time between trips outside. You’ll eventually recognize the signs that say “mom and dad, I have to go!”

Get your pooch on a schedule.
We all need a schedule and puppies are no exception. Feed him or her at the same times each day (young puppies will eat multiple times per day, based on your veterinarian’s advice). Walk your puppy within 15-20 minutes of eating, as described above. Don’t vary from the schedule if possible — your puppy will get into the groove very quickly.

Confine your puppy when you aren’t available to supervise.
Puppies need eyes on them at all times. When you're not around, a crate is a

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