Housebreaking your new puppy


House training your new puppy is one of the first things you need to do when bringing him into your home. Unfortunatly in the beginning your new puppy does not know where the right place to do his business is. There are a variety of dog training programmes to teach your puppy, but with any aspect of your dog training, the key to success is consistency and patience.

Paper training is used by many people, this involves getting him to do his mess on the paper, and then moving the paper nearer to the door. The downside to this technique is getting your puppy to do it on the paper in the first place, which doesnt always work. Regularly taking your puppy outside, especially before he has an accident, will reinforce to him that this is the right place to do it. Once he has done something outside, lots of praise should be given to him.

Your puppy will soon realise that you are pleased with him. If on the other hand you catch your dog doing his mess inside the house, then he should be chastised for it , using a firm tone in your voice. Of course there are going to be times when you are not at home, or when you are asleep. In these cases the use of a crate can be an ideal solution.

Dogs do not like to do their mess where they sleep or lie, so will try to hold on till let out of the crate. This helps your dog to have more bladder control. Before and after your dog being in the crate, he should be taken outside. As you get to know your puppy better, you will start to notice behaviour patterns ie sniffing around the floor. This can be a sure sign that he needs to go outside. As with any aspect of your dog training, consistency is the key, and with a little patience you should start seeing results. Try not to divert from your programme of training, as this will confuse your puppy and may slow down the results. If you would like more information on dog training visit


Anne Harvey has kept dogs for many years, and has been successful in training them all

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