One of the most important things to do when you get a puppy is to train him or her. There are some different types of training you will have to go through including house training and obedience training, but for this post we will be focusing on house training. House training is extremely important because it is how you are going to prevent your puppy from having accidents in your home. House training is a fairly simple process, but it must be carried out correctly and you must remain patient in order to get the best results. The two most important things to remember are to prevent accidents through confinement and supervision as well as to take your puppy out frequently.
Confinement and supervision
Confinement is necessary in order to make sure that your puppy does not soil your carpets. It is not a big deal if your little ball of fluff has an accident on your tiles or hardwood floors because it is easy to clean up. If your puppy has an accident on your carpets, however, then you will have a difficult time trying to get the smell and the stain out. If your puppy is confined to a small space, then you can also take other measures to prevent bad accidents. One thing you can do is lay out “pee pads” within the confined area. These pads have a scent in them that makes it more likely for a puppy (or a dog) to choose to pee on them rather than anywhere else in your home.
Supervision is an obvious way to prevent your puppy from having an accident in your home. If you are there, then you can make sure that when your little guy or girl is acting strangely, you can let him or her out to take care of things. Additionally, you can make sure that your puppy is not wandering off into any rooms that you do not want it to be in.
Taking your puppy out regularly
Puppies have small bladders, and they do not have complete control over their bladders when they are young (much like babies and toddlers). In addition to low levels of bladder control, puppies must also learn where it is okay to go to the bathroom. When you take your puppy out you should use specific words to instruct them to go to the bathroom. A lot of people will choose to tell their puppies to “go potty.” Your puppy will not have to go every time you take him or her out, but it is important to make sure that you give it some time to go to the bathroom. Every time your puppy goes to the bathroom, you should give them a treat for a reward as soon as you can. Positive reinforcement will help your puppy understand that outside is the right place to go to the bathroom. Be careful with punishing your puppy because some dogs will have very negative responses to being punished.