House Puppies & Dog Training in San Jose

Owning and caring for a new puppy is an around­-the-­clock job that will require a lot of time and patience. One of the biggest steps in building a bond with your puppy and creating a happy home is training. Dr. Sophia Yin, veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author, says it best: “…The key to dog training is that you have to learn to lead like a leader in a dance.” During the dog training and learning process, our pets need us as a guide and praise-­giver for correct actions. Persistence and positive reinforcement is key to helping your puppy quickly pick up the habits you want. With the support and training services of De Anza Veterinary Clinic near San Jose, you can learn the best habits for house training your puppy so that you are able to enjoy more quality playtime with your new pet.

Where and When to Start

House training can begin in San Jose as soon as you bring your new puppy home. This may be a stressful time for you, as your puppy may have neither bladder nor bowel control. Don’t fret -­ it will get better! Teaching your puppy where to eliminate and basic commands such as “sit, stay, down, and come,” are great starting points. Again, positive reinforcement and consistency on your part will be essential for your puppy’s success. We are more than happy to help you with the tips and tools you need for success during regular visits.

House Training Steps

With a new puppy, it is important to, initially, limit their reign over the house. You should only allow the puppy to roam in specifically allotted areas of the house (ie: those that you have “pet proofed.”) As your puppy becomes more familiar with the right behaviors to follow in these places, you can allow more freedom. Combining crate training with house training is an ideal strategy, as this will encourage calm, obedient behavior in different situations. Ideally, a crate should be just big enough for your puppy to stand up, lie down, and turn around in.

● Pick a dedicated spot outside – ​Most new puppy owners make the mistake of simply letting the dog outside and waiting for him to eliminate. Even with a spacious yard, we encourage taking a more guided approach. This means designating a “potty” area and guiding them their with a leash. As your puppy gets used to going to this spot for elimination, you can take the leash off, but you should still go outside to supervise until the habit is more concrete.

● Use positive reinforcement – ​Punishing your pet after an accident can enforce fearfulness and/or cause difficulties in training. If you catch your puppy in the act of eliminating in the house, interrupt then with a stern but simple command and take them immediately to the designated area to finish. Any time your puppy eliminates in the proper location, offer plenty of praise in the form of attention and/or treats. This will create a positive association with the behavior you want!

● Create a consistent feeding schedule – ​When you feed your puppy at the same time each day, bowel movements will happen on a more predictable schedule, making house training a little easier. This also encourages weight maintenance.

With De Anza Veterinary Clinic, you will have complete care for your puppy with training, spaying and neutering, vaccinations, and wellness exams. To schedule your puppy’s first visit with our team, give us a call at (720) 329­2613 today.