Safe Family Report: House Training Dogs

09-08-06 – Most people dread the process of house training a new family pet. However, with a few easy tips, puppy could be easily house broken.

The first thing to do is to establish a routine. Think of puppies like babies: they do best on a regular schedule. Also, be sure you take your puppy outside frequently, at least every two hours, and immediately after he wakes up from a nap, playing, eating and drinking.

Be sure you keep your eyes peeled. Try to avoid giving your puppy the chance to make a mess in the house. Also, keep an eye on him whenever he is indoors. Look for signs that he needs to go outside. Some of those signs include sniffing and walking around in circles. When your pet is finished going to the bathroom, praise him.

It’s important to try and expect an accident every once and awhile. When that happens, don't punish your puppy. Instead, try to distract him before he messes up. If your pet does make a mistake, be sure you clean the soiled area because puppies tend to continue using that same area, locating it by smell.

When in doubt, try to remember that puppies are a work in progress. Be sure you know what you're getting into, because it's not an overnight fix.

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