The Basics of Dog Housebreaking

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When you are ready to start  housebreaking  your  dog  it is best if your dog is only a puppy, because it is difficult to teach old dogs new tricks. As soon as you get your new puppy home you should begin your  dog   housebreaking  process as soon as possible.

The fist thing you will notice is that puppies go to the bathroom a lot. This is why it is important to be patient with your new puppy and take them out very often, especially after they have eaten. You will probably end up taking your new puppy out 5 to 7 times each day. You will need to continue to do this until your little puppy is about 12 weeks old. At this age your new dog should be able to start holding his bowl movements. This is why it is important to begin your  dog   housebreaking  early on, so you will avoid a mess in your home.

If you want your  dog   housebreaking  to be successful, you need to be able to understand your little puppy. The main thing you need to understand is that dogs love to please their owners. Therefore, it is important to make your dog understand what you expect from them. If your dog does make a mess in your house, show him your disapproval through facial expressions and visible actions. Then immediately take him outside to go to the bathroom. This kind of  housebreaking  will help reinforce the idea that you do not want him to leave a mess in your house.

One of the major mistakes people often make when they are  dog   housebreaking  is shouting at their  dog  right after he has made a mess in the house. This is not a good idea because it only tends to confuse and scare your new puppy instead of solving the issue. A better approach is to try to catch him while he is in the act and then offer him words of counsel. Then take him outside and encourage him to go in his designated area. After he goes, offer him praise. The act of praising him is the most important part of  housebreaking  your  dog  because he will want to go outside to be praised again. Remember, dogs love to please their owners.

After you have finished with your  dog   housebreaking , both you and your new  dog  will have a much happier time together.

Source by Sarah Humble

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