House Training Your Puppy – Making a Good Home For You and Your PetOnly Rain Campaign / Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 / No Comments »
One of the challenges of having a great home for both you and your puppy is to make them follow rules around the house. Although this indeed is a challenge, house training your puppy as soon as you get them will give you good results in making an ideal relationship with your dogs.
Here are some tips that may help you in house training your puppy.
Remember, a little commitment, the right attitude and a little patience on your part will surely pay off at the end of the house training. Here is the list:
* Designate his potty area outdoors. You must establish the toilet area for your puppy whether it is a particular corner in the backyard or the backyard in general, to help you start with the training. Teaching your puppy where to go will make your training more effective and systematic for your puppy.
* Keep your puppy in his crate or tether him near you and guide him to the designated area outdoors every one to three hours. Don’t forget to praise or treat your puppy as soon as he finishes and while he is still outdoors. This will let him know that it is where you want him to be when he wants to eliminate.
* Establish a schedule. If you want your puppy to develop a good habit, you must establish a routine. You can bring him outdoors in the morning, after meals, after playing or before going to bed. Do not wait for the dog to send his signals. You have to put him outside for this schedule. Also make a schedule on his feeding so it will also help him make a regular elimination.
* Supervise and give commands. In house training your puppy, it is crucial to supervise him closely. Watch his activities and if he starts to sniff on corners, bring him outside to his designated area. You can also give him commands if it takes time for him to do his thing. If he’ll recognize that same command when he is on the designated area, he will start to sniff and begin to potty, and do not forget to praise him for his accomplishments. If you cannot watch your puppy all the time, you can out him in a confinement area or put him in a crate.
* Expect mistakes. Of course, you would not expect perfection right then when you are house training your puppy. Sometimes they may commit mistakes but always remember not to punish him or yell at him. Clean the mess thoroughly so that they will not detect any smell on it and lead your puppy on the designated area.
The success of house training your puppy lies largely on your commitment and patience. Giving time for your puppy to learn the rules of the house would surely pay off in the end – and will guarantee a good and happy relationship for both of you.
Carolyn Anderson is a freelance author and a dog lover. To learn the basics as well as advanced techniques in training your dogs, check out Secrets of a Dog Trainer. Also check out Secrets to Dog Training, where you find the most effective techniques in changing the behavior of your dog.