House Training Puppies

House Training PuppiesHouse training Puppies

By Admin

House training puppies can be challenging.   How long does it take to house train a puppy?  How     long the puppy house training  process takes depends on how vigilant you are.  You should watch your new puppy closely when he is out of his crate.  Until he is 12 weeks of age, he has not developed good bladder and bowel control.  Training your puppy takes time and patience.

You must establish a designated potty area.  Clip your dog’s leash on to his collar and take him to the chosen spot in your yard and wait.  Don’t let him wander in the yard.  He should be took to the same spot each time.  After a few times he will consistently eliminate there.  Some dogs learn faster than others.  When he goes potty in the right spot, make happy noises, praise him and give him special treats.  The more consistent you are the faster the training process will be.

You should take your pet out:

  • Immediately on waking up in the morning or after a nap.
  • After playing 15-30 minutes.
  • If he sniff’s the floor, seems restless or walks in circles.
  • Right after a meal.
  • After exercise.
  • Before bedtime

When your puppy has an accident, quieting clean up the mess with an enzymatic cleaner.  You must remove the odor, so he won’t be drawn back to the same spot.  Vinegar is a good cleaner to use.

Never scold the puppy, or hit him with a newspaper, or rub his nose in the mess.  The puppy does not understand why you are angry with him.  This will encourage him to go behind the couch or where he thinks you won’t find it.

If he goes potty in the house, clap your hands to interrupt him.  Pick him up and take him outside to the potty spot.  When he goes potty praise him and give him a treat.

Be sure your pets stool is soft and well formed.  It is difficult house breaking a puppy who has loose stools.  Diarrhea is caused by overfeeding.  The basic procedure for toilet training your dog is similar to toilet training a child, but the puppy or dog learns faster.

Patience is the key to housetraining puppies.

Puppy Proofing Your Home

PUPPY PROOFPuppy Proofing

By Admin

How to puppy proof your house?  Puppy proofing your home is an important task that should be done before your bring your new puppy home. Be sure you look for potential dangers that can harm your puppy.   A puppy’s curiosity can get him into trouble.  You should create a safe zone inside your home or yard for times when your puppy will be left alone.  A baby gate or exercise pen can be used to secure his area.  You should fill his area with toys, treats, and chew bones to keep him busy and safe while you are gone.  Remember that new puppies will chew and swallow almost anything.  Always make sure that stuff toys have no removable eyes or parts that the puppy can get chocked on.

Here is a list of indoor hazards in the home:

  • garbabe
  • plastic bags
  • electrical cords
  • animal bones
  • plastic wraps,
  • coins
  • jewelry
  • remote control

People food such as grapes, chocolate, raisins, and gum can be foods poisonous to dogs.  Gum has xylitol an artificial sweetner that is highly toxic to dogs.  Chemicals such as household cleaners and bleach are also poison for dogs.  Keep your vitamins and medications in high places such as cabinets.  Extension cords and telephone cords should be kept out of reach.  Houseplants can be poisonous to puppies.  You can get a list of poisonous plants to dogs from the ASPCA.

Outdoor hazards include:

  • broken fences
  • antifreeze
  • azaleas
  • rhododendron
  • oleander
  • calla lilies
  • hydrangea
  • fertilizer
  • swimming pool
  • deck
  • insecticides

You can purchase videos and books about puppies and on pet care.  You want to make sure your home is as safe as possible for your puppy.