Housetraining Your Puppy

Are you getting a new puppy? Your River Oaks home is going to be overflowing with cute! Dogs are amazing animals, and your new canine buddy will be your loyal friend for years to come. The early days of your friendship with your new furry friend will be very fun and exciting, and full of puppy kisses and adorable moments. Those first few months are a critical time, however, as this is when your puppy develops his personality and learns proper doggie etiquette. One of the main hurdles to get over is housetraining. While there are many methods for housetraining a dog, consistency is always key in training your pooch.

Here are a few tips on showing your little one proper bathroom manners:

Routine

One of the most important things you can do is get your little guy established in a routine. Take your furry buddy out for regular walks at set times, and keep his meals on a schedule. Your little one will need more walks when he is young than he will as an adult. A good rule of thumb is to figure that Fido can hold it one hour for each month of age. He’ll need to go out first thing in the morning, whenever he wakes from a nap, and after every meal.

Rewards

Sooner or later, little Fido will go outside. Reward him with heaps of praise, cuddles, and treats. If he has an accident inside, never punish him, as this will only frighten him. You can say “stop” or clap your hands in the middle of the behavior if you catch it, as a means to interrupt it, but not as a punishment and not after the fact.

Cleaning

Thoroughly clean any messes, and be sure no smell lingers. If your pup smells his waste, he will be encouraged to use the same spot. Put the soiled rags or cloths in his specific bathroom area, so he will associate the smell with the proper place for him to go.

Puppy Pads

There is some debate over puppy pads, with some people being very much for them, and others opposed. Just stick to whichever method you choose; either go with pads, or without, and don’t change halfway through training.

Crates

Crate training is very beneficial for dogs, and works well in conjunction with housetraining, as dogs will not want to soil their beds. Make sure to get a crate that is large enough to accommodate your dog’s full adult size.

Don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your little one, as puppies grow up fast!

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