When house training a puppy remember, young puppies not yet three months old have limited bladder control and reflexes so it’s not practical to expect them to tell you when they need to go outside. You have to be responsible and recognize the signs that they need to “go.” With years of experience behind me, I have developed a method of house training that is fast and especially effective. It works every time.
House Training A Puppy – Follow My Directions and It’s As Easy As 1 – 2 – 3
House training a puppy isn’t rocket science. In fact, my method is fast and effective. However, it does require that YOU play the most important part, and success or failure depends one hundred percent on your commitment and involvement. The concept is simple: you focus upon preventing “accidents” rather than waiting for them to happen then punishing the puppy.
My method makes it easy for the puppy to do it right straight away and as I’ve already pointed out, it’s extremely fast, so surely that has to be the way to go. Puppies, just like their older counterparts love to please, and they catch on quickly when receiving praise and pats for performing a particular act.
So, why does my method of house training involve you so heavily? Because you need to reliable, proactive and patient. Let me explain:
- Reliable—Because you will need to set up and follow a schedule.
- Patient—Because this method places heavy emphasis upon YOU. If accidents do occur you need to blame yourself, not the puppy.
Your first few weeks will be the most difficult, but they are equally the most important. Committing yourself to the extra effort required will reward you enormously.
The basic rules you need to follow involve remembering when puppies need to pee:
- Immediately they wake up after a nap
- Shortly after eating
- After playtime
- Before they go to sleep (which is often the same as 3)
To make your job much easier, you will need to use either a dog crate or a small area where you can confine the puppy during brief periods when he can be supervised. Used properly a crate isn’t cruel, quite the opposite in fact. It will become your puppy’s private little haven where he can snuggle and feel safe. Size is important, it shouldn’t be so big that he will have room to use one end as a bathroom. If you’ve chosen a crate big enough for him to grow into, dividers are available so that you can limit the space available.
Equip the crate with a warm, cuddly blanket, some chewy toys, and a water dish that attaches to the side of the crate.
Then set up and follow the routine I’ve explained above. While your puppy is still young, always pick him up and carry him outside and always take him to the same spot. Set him down and repeat whatever word you chose as his “pee command.” Keep repeating it until he pees, then when he does, praise and pat him extensively. Puppies love praise and will quickly catch on.
Between regulated visits outside, especially if the puppy isn’t in the crate, keep an eye on him and should he ever start sniffing the ground and/or going round in circles, immediately pick him up and take him outside to his toilet area. Accidents may occasionally happen; never smack or punish the puppy, just mop up and blame yourself for not being vigilant enough.
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