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Keeping a dog in your home requires priority one be housebreaking your puppy or adult dog for more reasons than we can cover now. The top reasons are for maintaining a happy home for your family and dog, health issues, and the peace of mind you are not going to come home to urine or feces in the home. If you need better reasons than these and decide to avoid housebreaking your puppy or adult dog, a middle of the night trip to the bathroom where you step in a fresh pile of dog doody will quickly change your mind!!
For those who think housebreaking your puppy or adult dog is going to be several months of following a long tedious process requiring you to be hovering over the dog or pup 24/7 this is not the case. By following a few simple steps you can have any dog regardless of age house broke in two weeks or less.
For puppies the training begins as soon as you bring the pup home. Puppies have no control over their ability to hold the urge to urinate or defecate so look for the obvious signals they will exhibit before “doing their business”. Normally a pup has to “go” every two to four hours, especially after eating and drinking water. When you see the signals of the puppy beginning to look at and smell the floor this is a clear indication they have to “go” so immediately pick the pup up and take them outside while gently repeating the word “out”. Once the pup has been placed in the yard and done his business make a really big fuss over him by showing him how pleased you are. He will begin to associate your being pleased with what he has just done outside, and the one thing all puppies and dogs want to do is see their owners happy.
For adult dogs and puppies there are going to be accidents but only let the dog know you are not happy with what they have done IF you actually observe the dog in the act. To let your dog know you are upset more than a minute or more after he or she has went in the house does not work, as the dog will not know why they are being punished. Never hit the dog for going in the house. Use firm NO command words and then put them outside. When you are away from the home, use a dog training crate for the dog to stay in until you return.
Housebreaking your puppy or adult dog will go smoothly and quickly if you use these simple steps.
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