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Dog house training for puppies can be a frustrating and time consuming task. You may have expected a few accidents on your carpet, but that cute little ball of fuzz is turning out to be a lot of work. If it seems like you are getting nowhere with your efforts, take heart. Dog house training doesn’t happen overnight. It is gradual, and may take months to completely train a puppy. Some get the hang of it faster than others do. Puppies are individuals and learn at different rates from each other. Claims that you can house break them in days are simply not realistic.
All new puppy owners must go through a process. Most puppies need to go to the bathroom at predictable intervals. When they first wake up, after meals, and after playing are the most common times. Excitement will also cause them to need to urinate. To make things a little easier, here are the basic rules for dog house training:
- Take your puppy outside at every opportunity. Schedule a potty break first thing in the morning, 10 minutes after breakfast is finishes, and at least twice more before lunch. Plan to take your puppy outside, at a minimum, another four times in the afternoon.
- Puppies have very small bladders, so most of them can’t hold it all night. If your puppy wakes you in the middle of the night, take them outside.
- The good practice of dog house training – never expect your puppy to go more than six hours without being taken outside. If you work, ask someone to help.
- If your puppy soils his or her crate very often, then you are not taking them outside frequently enough. Your crate may also be too large.
- Do not give your puppy freedom in your house until he has used the bathroom. In other words, if you take your puppy outside and they don’t eliminate, then you should put them back into the crate. This is dog house training at best. Freedom in the house should be earned and you will have fewer messes to clean up.
Accidents will happen. Stock up on cleaning products and enzymes so that you will be prepared. The old habit of “rubbing their nose in it” is not appropriate. You can create a fearful and distrustful pet. Just clean up the mess and move on. Dog house training takes patience, but eventually your efforts will pay off.
write by Brian Brown