When you start your puppy training, housebreaking I'm sure is right at the top of your list.
Nobody wants to to be constantly cleaning up messes in the house left by your lovable bundle of fur, so the sooner you start the process the sooner you are going to have a puppy that knows that the the only place to go potty is outside.
One school of thought is to start the training process the moment you arrive home with your puppy. Besides, if you've had to drive any distance to get your new pet I'm sure everyone has to go potty and that includes the newest addition to your family.
Take your puppy to a secluded part of the yard and start your first potty training lesson. It wont hurt to also start using whatever word you want to associate with this activity. Hint: Potty and Go Potty seem to work real well. As soon as your puppy relieves himself, praise him! See? That wasn't to hard now was it?
What you have to remember when dealing with puppy training, housebreaking is a task of patience, vigilance and being consistent. If you start your puppy on a routine, try not to vary that routine. Makes sense right?
Speaking of routines, the more you know about your puppies urges, or to be more precise, when he has to go to potty, the easier it is to to train him. Most of these are common sense tips, but it never hurts to go over them. So with that said, let's take a look at a few.
If your puppy is brand new, usually around six to eight weeks old, that adorable little creature should be taken out at least every one to 3 hours. As he gets older naturally this is going to change.
Also, your puppy needs to be taken out first thing in the morning and last thing at night before bedtime. Get into a routine and try to stick to it! Puppy training, housebreaking especially, is a matter of repetition. Remember, you're modifying a behavior.
Other times you need to take him out is after he eats, usually about an hour after works well. After you play with him and get him all excited, after he awakes from one of his many naps and after he has been left alone for any length of time.
Another thing you have to realize in puppy training, housebreaking is a matter of observing your puppies behaviors.
Is he or she acting restless or sniffing around or doing something that seems out of character? If he is, better take him out potty if you don't want to find an unexpected present! Close supervision of your puppy while you are housebreaking him is absolutely essential.
Most experts agree that when you start the task of puppy training, housebreaking will normally take around 4 to 6 weeks before you can finally rest easy.
If you keep at it, use lots of praise for the good behaviors and have the patience, your efforts will pay off. And if you get stuck or want to learn even more, just the use the library at your fingertips to gain even more knowledge. It certainly cant hurt, right?