Puppy Housetraining Made Simple

Bringing a new puppy into the home is a very exciting time. However, it can be challenging when it comes to housetraining. Here, in the puppy housetraining guide, I will share with you some basic tips and techniques to make this type of training easy.

The first thing you should understand is that your dog is not born with the knowledge that what they are doing is wrong when they relieve themselves in inappropriate locations around the home, or yard. When they have to go, they just do it.

You’re going to need to be very consistent when house training your puppy. The more consistent you are, the faster your puppy is going to learn. Be prepared for it to take a couple of weeks though, no matter what. It may go faster, or it may go slower, but don’t plan on it being done with after just a day or two.

Put your puppy on a schedule. There should be a specific time to eat, a time to play, and a time to go potty.

Decide on a potty spot outside, and take your puppy to that spot often – every couple of hours – and always within 30 mins of eating, drinking or sleeping. Take the pup back to that same location over and over again to reinforce the fact that this is where they should do their business.

If your puppy has an accident indoors, you should immediately take them to this area. Eventually, they will begin to understand that this area is the location for relieving themselves.

Once you see your puppy using the area you have deemed appropriate, make sure to give them lots of praise. This may include talking in an upbeat, friendly tone, patting them on the head, or simply playing with them or giving them a treat immediately thereafter.

This will allow your pup to come to an understanding that what they have done is a “good” thing, and it will motivate them to do it over and over again. Once you have done this enough, you will start to notice that when they need to go potty, they’ll go to the appropriate area on their own. (given they are able to access the area on their own without you opening a door, that is.)

If your puppy has been on a leash the first couple of weeks, you may try taking them outside without one (if you are in a fenced in area) just to see if they go alone. If so, remember to praise and reward them.

If you live in a house with other people – such as your spouse and children – it is important to encourage everyone to get involved when it comes to housetraining your puppy. Make sure everyone is consistent though, or it could just confuse your puppy and slow down the training process!

For more training advice, I highly recommend taking a look at the Dog Training Secret. It helped me, and I am sure it can also help you. Check it out here: Dog Training Secret

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