About the first thing a new dog owner needs to learn is how to house train a puppy. Now there a many wrong ways to house train puppies.
You've probably heard about some of them. So let's first just set the record straight on what you should not do.
For starters, never scold or hit your puppy if he has an accident. You must expect and be prepared for accidents.
With the right approach the number of accidents can be minimized, but they will happen.
It's no different than when a parent potty trains a child. They don't give up diapers right a way...they know accidents will happen and they're prepared for them.
Anticipating accidents and being prepared for them goes a long way towards making the experience more enjoyable and much less stressful.
There's another terrible practice that I still hear about today. It's the practice of rubbing a puppy's nose in his waste after he has an accident.
Please, please, please, NEVER do this! It's cruel and confusing to a puppy, and may cause him to resent and fear you. It may even make the house training effort take that much longer.
Now let's consider...
If you want to be successful in your house training efforts, there are two key components that you need to master. Note: A free e-book on the subject is available for download. It covers everything you need know in full detail. Click here to get your free copy.
Dog are creatures of habit and learn by consistent repetition. If you're not consistent, your puppy will become confused and won't understand what you want him to do.
This is the worst thing that can happen. Confusion is the enemy of all dog training. But if you are consistent, your puppy will more quickly learn what you expect.
It can't be stated too often, that puppies and dogs absolutely crave your approval and praise. You can use this as a powerful tool to help speed up your house training efforts.
An important part of owning a dog is understanding that they make mistakes.
They don't have the intelligence that we do (or that we should have).
But they can learn as you consistently and patiently correct their mistakes and praise their successes.
Now, the only kind of mistake that you can effectively correct is the one you actually catch him making. If you find a puddle on the floor, all you can do is clean it up. It's too late to correct your puppy for this mistake. Next time try to catch him the act!
When you house train a puppy, it's very important that you thoroughly clean up any accident that occurs. There are 2 important reasons for this:
Here's the process for an effective clean up:
One of the first decisions you'll need to make when you start to house train a puppy is whether you will housebreak or paper train him. There are good reasons for choosing either one. You just need to decide what's best for you, your family and your new dog.
If you intend for your dog to only eliminate outdoors, you'll choose the housebreaking method. Housebreaking is the most common method and is the best one for most people.
If you're going to housebreak your puppy...
If any of these do not apply to your situation, you may need to consider paper training (at least to begin with).
If you are comfortable with having your dog eliminating in your home or must permit it out of necessity, then paper training is the method for you.
Paper training is a good option for you if...
Paper training may NOT be a good option for you if...