Puppies are most easily house trained when we take the lead, prevent accidents (by close observation and limited roaming), and praise for positive behaviors. The most common error in house training is the belief a punishment for accidents is sufficient.
The truth is the puppy lives in the present moment all of the time. They are unable to connect a few moments ago with the current interaction with you.
House Training Success
Some trainers believe you must catch your pup in the act. Use a loud voice and say NO or UH-UH sweep him/her up in your arms and take the puppy out immediately. Praise your puppy when going outside — “reward” their good behavior using positive reinforcement.
Others believe that scolding them when caught only teaches them not to go potty in front of you, but to hide, to avoid your scary behavior.
House Training Routine
We have found that a consistent routine of taking your puppy outside, and not give them an opportunity for an accident is the best way to set the puppy up for long term success. Anticipation and attentiveness, especially until your puppy begins communicating with you, develops proper bladder control will give your puppy several opportunities for her to potty in the appropriate place.
House Training Checklist
Timing and routine are vital factors for house training your puppy. Take her outside regularly. If you are periodically busy and overlook the passing of time, a timer system may be helpful for you.
Take your puppy out right away:
* In the morning
* After mealtime
* Before and after playtime
* Before and after grooming time
* Before and after training routine
* Before and after traveling to an appointment
* Before bedtime
When you are busy or easily distracted, set a timer for regular intervals throughout the day and take her outside.
House Training Process
Establish a routine for success. House training is a process of providing opportunities and rewarding positive behaviors. We can help her avoid house training accidents by providing supervision and taking the leadership role to establish a positive routine. Reward her as if she had chosen it, and when she does communicate, praise her enthusiastically.
Our dogs are consistently thinking about pleasing us. Be sure they know exactly how to do this, and they will have positive behaviors more frequently, as well.
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