House training a puppy takes time patience and your absolute commitment.
What you should do to train a new arrival is frequently discussed, and is terribly important. But what is often overlooked is what you should NOT do when it comes to housetraining a new puppy.
Puppies are puppies. Regardless of your vigilance and supervision they may have accidents in the home until they know or learn differently. This is part of owning a dog. There are many methods to house train a puppy and as owners it is up to us to help prevent house soiling.
Information detailing what you should do to properly house train your new dog is all over the internet. There are countless books that will in their estimation teach us how to house train a puppy. Very little is written about what you shouldn’t do when it comes to house training the new member of your household.
What shouldn’t be done when house training a new puppy?
- Do NOT assume your new puppy will always signal his need to eliminate. Give him more opportunity than necessary to eliminate outside.
- Do NOT allow the animal to have a full run of your yard. Take him on a leash to a designated area consistently.
- Do NOT wait to praise or treat the animal for his good work until you return to the home. It is vital this be done immediately during and after elimination.
- Do NOT try to make your new pup adhere to your schedule. You must learn his schedule and adhere to it consistently.
- Do NOT allow your puppy any opportunity to eliminate in your home. Supervising a dog means you must remain vigilant.
- Do NOT ignore signs. Generally there will be circling or sniffing around. House training success is tied directly to our supervision and actions.
- Do NOT permit the puppy to eliminate in the home. Catch it, see it coming and interrupt the process. Get him to his designated spot quickly. Do not punish the animal for mistakes. Mistakes will happen – just clean the area thoroughly and continue the house training regimen.
The above are simply a few of the things you should not do when house training a new puppy. The important thing to remember the process is not perfect. Failures will happen and it is our responsibility to hold these failures to a minimum.
Supervising your pet cannot be stressed enough. The animal needs watching at all times when he is in the home.
During periods when you simply cannot be there to supervise the animal should be confined to an area small enough that he does not want to eliminate, preferably by using a dog crate or cage.
Cage training or crate training is a key ingredient when you just cannot be there. Cage training will certainly speed the learning curve of the animal. Every new pup should be caged trained.
During the house training stage caged trained animals have all the advantages. When you cage train a puppy the laws of nature are incorporated into the house training routine.
Learn to cage train and house training will be easier and include less failures. It is natural for the dog and will give you far more control and peace of mind than the alternative.
About the Author:
Dog training aids and tools exist for reasons. They work, they keep dogs out of trouble, they keep owners from property loss and the loss of temper and in some cases their mind. Properly employed almost everything from cages to leashes to treats is a dog training aid and tool.