Housebreaking A New Puppy

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The advice I give is from my personal experience.  I tend to be very dedicated to this because it will pay off in the end.  You must be consistent, diligent and very patient!

Puppies have accidents.  It will happen, so be prepared.  I have always used a little steam cleaner/vacuum, such as The Little Green Clean Machine.  The handier and easier it is to use the better. Your carpet will thank you. I also recommend crate training.  I have found it to be easier.  It tends to teach the pup that they can hold it and not just go whenever and where ever the urge hits.  Very important! Please keep in mind that puppies really don't have the ability to "hold it" until they are about 12 weeks old.

You can bet that within a couple of minutes after they eat or drink they will need to go potty.  Take your puppy outside immediately after they are done eating to the spot where you want them to do their business.  Take them to the same spot every time, and say "Go Potty." If you want to say something different, that's okay. Just use the same phrase every time.   Stay with them until they go.  Believe me, they will go eventually.  Always praise them after they do their business outside. 

Puppies always need to go to the bathroom when they wake up.  ALWAYS!!!  I don't care if it is 2 am in the morning.  If they wake up, take them out to their spot.  You will thank me for telling you this later.  As hard as it might be, it will pay off. 

 I tend to sleep with my puppies.  It helps me know when they wake up, so I can take them out.   It also makes them more comfortable with the transition.  After all, they just lost their mommy and their litter mates.  If you do not want to do this, be prepared for a few sleep interruptions.  Well, you'll get a couple anyway if you sleep with them, but it will be a little easier.  You might not have to listen to the puppy cry at night and, therefore, get to sleep earlier. 

If you don't sleep with them, I recommend using  their crate.  Puppies tend not to potty where they sleep.  There will always be an exception to this, but in general I have found it to work.  This is where my puppy goes after he is a little older, and I know that he can make it through the night without needing to go potty.  Remember, puppies really can't "hold it" until around 12 weeks of age.   First thing in the morning,  take them outside.

Put your puppy in the crate when you are busy.  It helps avoid accidents.   When an accident happens indoors, please do not scold your puppy if you do not catch him in the act.  They simply will not understand.  When caught in the act,  say "NO!"  and pick them up and carry them to their spot.

Know your puppy!  You will learn the signs of a dog that needs to go, such as turning circles or sniffing around the floor. Take them outside often.

Something else you will need to know is that sometimes puppies get so excited that they urinate.  Don't punish them for this as they cannot help it.  Eventually, your little darling will outgrow it.

Another note to add, do not leave your puppy in the crate for hours on end.  If you work outside the home,  someone will need to let the puppy out at some time during the day.  This will make for a much happier and healthier dog and a happier you!

Any questions, feel free to drop me an email!