You just brought your new puppy home and you’re so excited to…..clean up another mess. Let’s face it. Puppies are going to have accidents. Until you train your puppy, you will be cleaning up little puddles and landmines. The good news is that it’s easier to house train your new puppy than you may think.
Take the Puppy Out Every Hour
First things first. You want to take your puppy outside every hour and walk around until he potties. Puppies have tiny bladders and need to potty often. The more chances you give your new puppy to potty outside, the less likely he’ll be to have an accident indoors.
Walk the Puppy Before Bed and First Thing in the Morning
You want to make taking your puppy out the absolute last thing you do before bed. If your puppy is only a couple months old, you will also need to get up at least once during the night to let him out. Puppies simply cannot hold it all night. When you wake up, take your puppy outside first thing.
Crate the Puppy at Night
If your puppy has the chance to walk around throughout the night, he’ll simply get up and potty – more than likely close to the bed so you’ll step in it. If you crate your puppy, in the proper sized crate, he’ll be less likely to potty in the crate. He’ll whine until you wake up or he simply can’t hold it anymore.
Praise the Puppy
One of the most important things you want to do when house training your new puppy is to praise him. Whenever he uses the potty outside, tell him that he’s a good dog and rub his head. This reinforces the idea that he’s supposed to potty outside.
Avoid Scolding the Puppy
No matter what others tell you, it does absolutely no good to scream at your puppy or to hold his nose in his mess. This is animal cruelty. A simple, but firm “No” while grabbing the puppy to take him outside is much better. When he gets outdoors, remember to praise him when he potties outside. You always want to use positive reinforcement.
Puppies have accidents. However, you will greatly reduce the number of accidents by working to house train your new puppy. With a bit of time and patience, your new puppy will learn that the outdoors is the place to do his business.
Check Out the Rest of my New Puppy Series
Part 1: Is a New Puppy Really Right for Me?
Part 2: 10 Awesome Products you must Have for your New Puppy
Part 3: Bringing Home Your New Puppy
Part 4: How to Introduce your New Puppy to Your Family
Part 5: House training your new puppy
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