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    Housetrain Your Puppy | Dogs And Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
    House training puppies is necessary for all new dogs in your home. When a puppy is in its first few months it will relieve itself very frequently, and all over the place. To start to house train a puppy you must first begin to grasp what he is thinking. When you housetrain your puppy you are introducing the idea that your entire house should be treated how he would treat his own space. This means he will not soil just anywhere. For tips on house training puppies, see the following advice.

    The Crate

    To begin to house train a puppy get him familiar with his crate. Do this by giving him his food in there every time. Dogs love the "den" atmosphere of the crate and will feel safe there. That being said, you should not allow your puppy to be couped up in his crate all day long. He will also need plenty of time with you.

    Your puppy should be in his crate during the night, and in the day when you are not home. Somebody should be there however, to let him out regularly in the daytime. To successfully house train a puppy you should be aware of the frequency he will need to relieve himself:
    • Young puppies will have to "go" every 2 hours or so

    • By 2 months the puppy will need to "go" every 3 hours

    • By 3 months - every 4 hours or so

    • By 4 months the puppy should last the night without the need to soil; in the day every few hours

    Develop a Daily Routine

    Each morning open up the puppy's crate and pick him up without any fuss. Don't show too much excitement like he will. Put his collar on and lead him to the area you have chosen for him to use. Cue your puppy verbally, saying something like "do your business" or something else, then wait. If and when your puppy goes on your cue, praise him.

    If even after a few minutes he has not gone, take him back to the crate. Leave it for a few minutes and try again, making sure not to fuss or praise at all. Schedule a trip to his spot after each meal, drink, play time, and in between. This will get your puppy used to the times he will be able to go.

    Keeping this routine should housetrain your puppy eventually. Remember, consistency without any fuss is the key.

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