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New Puppy Guide - House Training - Fast and Easy

 

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Never, ever be cross with your
puppy
if he has an accident in the house. Do not shout, smack or scold your puppy - even if you catch him in the act! Puppies that look 'guilty' are actually showing fear - and they can learn not to go to the toilet in your presence as a result. Dogs are generally very clean creatures - but it's up to us to give them all the right opportunities to get it right.

Puppies need to learn where and when they can go to the toilet - and that means outdoors, not in!

 

To begin with, puppies are just like babies and cannot be expected to have control over their bodily functions - particularly at night - until they are around eight to ten weeks. However, through careful training, pups can quickly learn to be clean in the house - and you can help them learn by rewarding them when they get it right.

Your puppy will need to go to the toilet after playing, after waking up, after any kind of excitement - such as the children coming home from school - and straight after meals.

At these times, take your puppy to the same place outside and wait with him or her - even in the rain! Gently repeating a word, such as "Be quick," helps your puppy to remember what he's there for. As soon as your puppy starts to sniff around, or circle, praise him or her very gently.

Once he has been to the toilet, give him lots of praise and a really special tit-bit to reward him.

If you wait outside with your puppy and he does not go, bring him back inside. You will need to keep an eye on your puppy just in case he or she needs to go to the toilet. Sure signs are sniffing and circling around, looking for a place to go. If you cannot watch him all the time, put him in a crate or play pen, or in an enclosed area where it doesn't matter if he has an accident.

If you catch your puppy about to go to the toilet in the house, say 'Outside' in an urgent voice, then take him quickly outside to show him where you do want him to go - even if it's too late!

 

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