How to go about housebreaking your new dog or puppy without stress for yourself or your new family member.

Housebreaking Your Puppy

If you are bringing home a new puppy, or you already have a recently arrived puppy or dog in your home, implementing housebreaking strategies can make your life easier. First you must be consistent, patient, and maintain a good rapport with your pet. Patience is a must when training your pet. There are a number of ways to do this.

First, set up a consistent routine. For example, feed your pet at the same time every day, then after he's eaten take him outside and praise him for his good work. A favorite dog treat, a scratch behind the ears or saying good boy will usually be satisfactory, as all pets like to feel they have done a good job.

Your new puppy or dog will often let you know when she needs to go outside, she may bark at the door, pace around in circles, stand by the door or even scratch at the door. Once again, remember to praise her. Some people use crates during the housebreaking training, they may put the dog in the crate at night, or for short periods during the day while the owner is gone. Dogs prefer clean, fresh crates. Remember dogs love to please, they usually don't intentionally do things to make their owners mad. Once again, patience is the name of the game.

Dogs and puppies like to go to the same spot to do their business They do not like going to the bathroom close to their living quarters. Sometimes we must try to think like our pets, and always remember your pet just wants to please you.

Remember your pet needs to relieve itself approximately 6 times a day. Puppies cannot hold their urine until about 12 weeks of age, so its necessary to take them out a lot during this time. With age, your pet will be able to go longer between potty breaks.

If your new puppy or dog has an accident, do not hit it. A firm tone voice will suffice. If your dog has an accident simply say no in a deep, loud voice then take him outside. If you can wait for him to urinate again this is good, just don't forget to praise him when he does. Remember this takes patience, but in no time at all you new puppy or dog will be going outside to potty in the spot you have designated for him or her.