House Training A Pup

Aug 12 08:00 2011 Gen Wright Print This Article

House training a puppy or adult dog can be challenging, but if you keep the following tips in mind, it can become manageable, and successful in a relatively short period of time.

House training is best served by following a few principles. 1) training must be focused on reinforcement and reward rather than punishment. 2) the more consistent you are with the schedule you set,Guest Posting the more successful you (and your pup) will be.

Supervise your pup in the house:

When you begin house training, you need to make sure to supervise your pup thoroughly and consistently. Direct supervision is the way to prevent accidents, while also teaching you the signals your pup gives when he needs to go out (some pups may whine, some may go sit and look at the door, others may circle, pant or sniff, all these give you cues to helping him be successful).

Someone needs to watch the pup at all times, to prevent mistakes. When you can't watch him, make sure he is in a crate. This avoids mistakes and rapidly speeds up the house training process...remember an 8 week old pup can only hold it for a short period of time (an hour or so at best) so you need to make sure he gets outside frequently ..as they get older, they can hold it for increased amounts of time, but the more often they get outside to pee the quicker they understand the process.

Establish a Routine:

Pups thrive on routine, and the more regular your routine, the less likely mistakes will occur during the training process. It is critical in the early stages of house training a pup, that he has ample opportunity to go outside and do his business. You can use your work schedule as the starting point for your routine that would include toileting before and after work. In addition, regular feeding, walking, and sleeping times will help your pup establish a routine. When you are working with a very young pup, keep the weekday and weekend routine as similar as possible. So if you get him up at 7am during the weekday, you will need to do the same on the weekends so his internal clock can start teaching him how long he has to hold it for. If the routine is all over the place, he'll never learn to pace himself.

Reward your Pup:

When you take your pup outside to go to the bathroom, you need to make sure to reward your pup for going to the bathroom. A treat or even just an encouraging "Good dog!" will help your pup to remember that toileting should be done in specific areas, and not on the Persian rug. Some dogs/pups would prefer to play than pee when outside, so make sure they are on a leash and just stand there being still and quiet (to avoid distracting him from the business at hand). Once he has gone pee/poop, you can then play.

Be Patient:

The most important aspect of good training is patience. Pups are all capable of learning new behaviours and if you are patient in training, your efforts will pay off. So again, remember to watch closely for clues like whining, staring at the door, and circling, that indicate that your pup needs to "go". When you see this, take your pup outside immediately. In the early stages of training, reward your pup every time he eliminates outside, but gradually reduce rewards as the behaviour becomes more consistent.

If you follow these guidelines and are consistent, patient and encouraging, you will have a house trained dog in no time!

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