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Housebreaking your puppy

Saturday, April 30, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

puppy-housebrokenThe secret of housebreaking a puppy is to catch him in the act of doing things right and give him lots of praise. Pups generally want to please.  To start, take your pup out often,the first thing in the morning, after he eats a meal, after a play session and every couple of hours otherwise. As you can see, it will require someone being at home with the pup at first. Soon, the routine will emerge. Be patient, young pups don’t have the muscle control to hold things in, so it’s up to you to figure out the timing. To keep stress levels low,  contain the pup in an easy clean up place until he gets the idea. Don’t reprimand him unless you catch him in the act of doing something wrong. Even then, make it nothing more than a firm “no.”  Don’t forget to reward him with dog treats every now and then when he’s right on target. In six to eight weeks, your pup will learn what you want and be happy to oblige.