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Effectively Housetraining Your Puppy

Effectively housetraining your puppy is a necessity.

One of the most annoying things about pet dogs is their habit of answering to calls of nature almost anywhere they feel like it.

Your bedroom rug, the drawing room sofa, your Persian carpet; everything seems as good a place as any for your little pup to go cool his bladders on.

If you have just brought your pup home therefore, buckle up and get ready to save your upholstery and carpets by means of a simple method we call Housebreaking.

Now, here’s what housebreaking is all about.




We humans tend to visit the bathroom when we feel like we must relieve ourselves, in one way or the other (thank god for that!).



However, our pooches don’t have mother potty training them at the age of 1, telling them to take a crap at some fixed time on a shiny blue potty.

Hence they tend to treat everything like a big ol’ lavatory.

And that would be ok if we were dogs perhaps but most average human beings tend not to like that sort of thing.

So what we have to do is potty train our doggies ourselves. And this training, to cut a long story short, is what we call ‘housebreaking’.

Now, facts first. Remember,

  - No pup is able to keep himself from peeing or …well…relieving himself in some other form, till about 12 weeks of age. Your attempts at training your dog therefore must begin before this.

  - Most puppies need to engage in bathroom related activities approximately 6-7 times a day.

  - Every time your dog seems to be following its tail rather slowly, and doing giddy rounds around a non-descriptive area put your shoes on to take it out cause it’s getting ready to relieve itself.

  - Take your dog out every time it has a meal because food immediately puts pressure on its colon and bladder.



First Lesson in Housebreaking

The first lesson in housebreaking, 'communicate with your dog'. Make sure you let your dog know that you don’t like him peeing all over the drawing room loud and clear.

How to housebreak your puppy. Golden Retriever puppy picture

No there isn’t any need to use violence; just a loud “NO’ should do the trick. For best results catch him in the act so that he has no problem in associating the rebuke with the exact action.

Keep a keen eye on your pooch. As soon as he looks like he could do with a visit to the good old lavatory take him out. Once he relieves himself at the right place pat him to show how much you appreciate the fact that he didn’t pee all over your favorite rug. Give him a biscuit, and an appreciative nod and he’ll know.

See, dogs are like politicians, always eager to please. They will do anything to get cuddled and patted by their masters, thus it’s always easy to make them do things as per your requirements. You want him to pee outside? Show him how happy you are when he does so and he’ll do it always, you want him to crap every morning?

Give him a friendly pat and he’ll bound off to be at it everyday. For your part make sure you know your dog’s habits, build your routine around his, try and find out what his usual urinating or defecating times are, is it after dinner? Before going to bed? Or right in the morning? Take him out accordingly.

Proper communication will ensure your pooch's proper health and your peace, and of course a clean bedroom rug.

Dog Breed Training Articles


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  2. Clicker Training for Dogs
  3. Guide to Dog Training
  4. Types of Dog Training
  5. Dog Training Methods
  6. Housetraining Your Puppy
  7. Dog Training Tips
  8. Dog Obedience School
  9. Housebreak Your Pomeranian
  10. Dog Training Collars
  11. Positive Methods of Training Your Dog
  12. Positive Training for Your Barking Dog
  13. Reward Training
  14. Stopping the Barking Habit
  15. Dogs Chewing Problem
  16. House Training Techniques
  17. Basics of Dog Training
  18. Importance of Dog Training
  19. Things You Should know about Dog Training
  20. Tips on Dog Obedience Training
  21. Tips on Training your Dalmatian
  22. Training your Puppy to Sit
  23. Moods of your Puppy
  24. Techniques of Dog Training
  25. Dog Training to Bond
  26. Different Dog Breeds Require Different Training Methods
  27. How Not to Train your Dog







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