Teaching any dog, especially a puppy, where to urinate and defecate can prove to be a very frustrating experience, especially for first-time dog owners. This is unfortunate because there really isn't any great secret involved. Patience and common sense, creating a schedule, coupled with a very watchful eye, is the entire key to successful housetraining in a short period of time. This applies whether you are dealing with an adult dog or a puppy.
If it is at all possible, forget paper training your puppy. It is messy and smelly, it can take a very long time to accomplish and it simply teaches a puppy that it is all right to go to the bathroom in the house. Then you'll have the problem of having to retrain. Besides, puppies really do have poor aim. rather than putting yourself through all the trouble and exasperation of paper training, it should be preferable to prevent the dog from voiding indoors. Even as tiny puppies, dogs are clean animals by nature and attempt to void themselves in an area other than where they have to sleep.
Never, never punish your dog before or after Fido has committed an undesirable act. Successful correction are those applied during the act. In order to house train the dog, simply follow these rules:
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- Very soon after they eat - they'll have to go.
- Very soon after they drink - they'll have to go.
- When they are awaken - they'll have to go.
- Last thing at night - they'll have to go.
- First thing in the morning - they'll have to go.
- When they suddenly sniff the floor - they'll have to go.
- Cessation of playing to wander - they'll have to go.
- Every time they have to go - get them out!
When taking the puppy out for the first time, carry the dog out. Later, escort the pup out to encourage your pet to get out under his or her own power. Watch very carefully, then if Fido makes a mistake by going on the rug (heaven forbid), it is really your mistake for not being observant enough to have recognized the mentioned signs. Scold your dog, then chase Fido out if he starts to go during the scolding process. Once outside, praise him for going in the yard.
In this fashion you have scolded him for the error while he was committing it and praised him for going where you want him to go. You have now begun to teach your dog where you want him to go. Once your puppy goes outside, in a little while he'll start looking for that same place each trip. This is why you should have a small amount of excrement down there where you want him to go, so that he will be able to locate this same spot using his sense of smell.
If the dog or puppy has a habit to eliminate at night-time, he is easily curbed by not feeding after 6:00 PM each day. If you do not leave any food or water down after this time, Fido won't have anything to eliminate after the last session outside before retiring.
Rubbing Fido's nose in the excrement is a cruel method of teaching him nothing except fear of you. If the soiling persists, confine the dog to a small area near the foot of the bed where you retire. Being naturally clean, your dog will want to get away from his sleeping quarters to void himself, and if restrained from doing so, he will start to act up. This is your cue to get the dog outside. The longer you take to get Fido out, the greater the commotion will be, and in short order he'll be crying or barking to get out. Use common sense and don't be too slow in getting Fido out, or you will have made a mistake.
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