As with most things in life, there are right and wrong ways to get things done. Rubbing a dog or puppy’s nose in a mess is not the right way to housetrain. Using ample amounts of supervision and positive reinforcement is. Use the following dog or puppy house training tips to get started on the road to the proper dog or puppy potty training.
The first course of action in housetraining is to promote the desired behavior.
You need to:
By occasionally giving him a treat right after your dog finishes, you can encourage him to potty in the desired area. The odor left from previous visits to that area will quickly mark it as the place for the pup to do his business.
A six- to eight-week-old dog or puppy should be taken outdoors every one to three hours.
Older puppies can generally wait longer between outings. Most puppies should be taken out:
To avoid spending a lot of time waiting for your dog or puppy to go, you may want to
teach him to potty on command. Each time he is in the act of eliminating, simply repeat
a unique command, such as “hurry up” or “potty,” in an upbeat tone of voice. After a few
weeks of training, you’ll notice that when you say the command your dog or puppy will
begin pre-potty sniffing, circling, and then potty shortly after you give the command. Be
sure to praise him for his accomplishments.
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