Most dog owners find puppy housetraining the hardest challenge. Left unsupervised, a puppy can spend months in a home, without learning what housetraining is all about. You can have the opposite effect if you over harass your pup as it may become neurotic.
House training a puppy means disciplining yourself to be consistent and by using methods established by professional trainers. In the long run, a few weeks of effort will result in a housetrained pup and later, a well behaved dog.
Confinement Rule In Puppy Housetraining
In puppy housetraining you have to consider several important factors. The first is confinement of the pup to a relatively small area that has an easy-to-clean floor and is not isolated from the rest of the family. Using a playpen is perfect. Far from being cruel as most dog owners complain, confinement reassures the young puppy and allows it to become completely familiar with the surroundings. Your pup is very small and everything around it can be extremely overwhelming. Confined areas keep your pup’s teeth from electrical wires and other dangers, while teaching it to use the paper. This means it is more likely to behave correctly, than to have an accident, which results in lots of praise and affection from you.
Praise When Housetraining Your Puppy
Praise is the second important factor in housetraining. Your puppy loves you unconditionally from the time you bring it into your home and to please you is its aim in life. Puppies respond very quickly to your moods and know when you are angry and when you are pleased. Praise and affection will achieve more response from your pup than any physical correction. There is no place for physical punishment for any puppy, it is totally unnecessary and inhumane.
Housetraining Consistency Rule
Consistency is the third vital factor in housetraining. Consistency in schedule, feeding habits, praise and reward for proper behaviour and in verbal reprimand when accidents occur. Without consistency you will confuse your pup. Scolding occasionally for accidents, but ignoring others, feeding at irregular intervals, lack of praise for soiling on the dog’s papers or in the yard, will only serve to confuse and discourage your puppy. If you ignore some mistakes, forget to praise, overlook a mealtime, forget where your puppy is and if it needs to use its paper or go outside, you will never housetrain your pup.
These are just a few factors to help you in housetraining your puppy. The ultimate house training guide provides many answers and listening to any expert dog trainer will point you in the right direction when housetraining your puppy. Following a few basic rules will help you when you begin housetraining your new puppy.