Exceptional Canine: Active Dog
Housebreaking Puppy 101
By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine
Housebreaking your new puppy can seem like a daunting task. But with a bit of insight into dog psychology and these proven puppy-training tips, your new puppy will learn quickly.
And if your adult dog isnít fully housebroken, donít give up hope. If your dog has accidents daily, weekly or monthly, youíll find itís best to treat him like a brand-new puppy that hasnít been housebroken.
Follow these steps to housebreak puppy:
1. Select the site. Designate a specific area of your yard for your dogís ďbusiness.Ē Before your new puppy enters your house, introduce him to this area. Heíll soon associate it with bathroom breaks.
2. Visit the spot often. Itís best to take your new puppy outside about every two hours as well as upon waking, after playing and feeding, and before going to bed. In addition, be alert to signals like sniffing and circling that might indicate he has to go.
3. Use a crate. When you canít be there, crate your dog. Your puppy will respect his new den and will avoid soiling it. If you purchase a crate thatís large enough to accommodate your dogís adult size, you can partition off part of the crate so he wonít go in a corner.
4. Be kind. Accidents will happen. Remember that shouting, scolding and punishment serve no purpose and will only confuse your new puppy. Even if you catch your pup mid-act, simply say, ďNo!Ē and immediately take your new best friend outside.
5. Praise your puppy. Lavish praise on your dog each time he goes outside in the assigned spot. Speak in an upbeat voice, smile and reward your pup with treats after he does his business.
When Accidents Happen
When youíre housebreaking your puppy, be ready for accidents with the right cleaning supplies. These steps will make for quick cleanups:
- Soak up urine with paper towels and remove feces with a plastic bag.
- Treat the soiled area with a mild detergent solution.
- On carpeting, blot the stain -- donít scrub -- and work from the outside toward the center.
- To neutralize odors, use a veterinarian-approved spray product thatís safe to use around pets.