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Avoid These Mistakes When House Training Your Puppy

Your new puppy is an adorable bundle of energy. He or she doesn’t yet know the house rules, and will be perfectly content to make messes in your home. After all, puppies can’t yet control their small bladders or bowels. House training is the process of teaching your puppy to eliminate outdoors. To start, take your puppy to a veterinarian serving the San Jose area. Your puppy will need a wellness exam and shots, and your vet can give you some helpful tips for successful house training. poodle - puppy

Avoid inconsistency in your puppy’s elimination routine.

When you take your puppy outside, you should carry him or her over to the same spot in the yard every time. You’ll thank yourself for doing this later on, when you don’t have to worry about stepping into a mess while gardening. Choose a voice command, such as “Go potty,” and use the same one every time. Praise your puppy as soon as he or she takes care of business.

Avoid reacting poorly to accidents.

Every puppy will have accidents in the house. It’s inevitable. If you react poorly to accidents, your puppy may be more likely to develop behavioral problems. Use a stern tone of voice to reprimand your puppy, but only if you catch him or her in the act of elimination. Your puppy won’t understand a delayed reprimand. Never rub your puppy’s nose in the mess, and never swat your puppy. Pick up your puppy and go outside to let him or her finish eliminating. Remember to praise your puppy afterward to reinforce the idea that eliminating outdoors is desirable.

Avoid the temporary use of pee pads.

Indoor pee pads are a popular way to prevent household accidents. The problem is that many new puppy parents use them temporarily, while their new family members are still quite young and need to eliminate frequently. Switching from indoor pee pads to outdoor elimination is confusing for a dog. Even if your dog handles the transition well, he or she may still eliminate indoors on occasion.

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