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  • Writer's pictureMecca Curtice, CCDT, CTDI

House Training the Puppy Tips

You are most likely here because you are searching for help. House training a puppy takes patience and planning. If you need help you can get professional help by contacting me at I do offer house training for puppies if you have a busy life and don't have the time.

Congratulations on your new puppy. This can be an exciting time in your life as you start training this new life. We must all remember a puppy is new to our lives and we must help them to navigate in our world. Puppies chew a lot and need supervision. During house training they need 100% supervision. I recommend buying a crate for their size, your pup should be able to move about but not too big. As they grow, they will need a larger one.

During house training you want to always have the puppy in your view 100% of the time. You can use a leash and attach the puppy to you, if you need to. Use a gate to keep your puppy in a room and keep an eye your puppy. When you see your puppy circling or searching around the area, that would be a good time to get your puppy outdoors. You need to be outdoors with your puppy and if you don't have a fenced in yard, then attach the leash to keep them safe. If your fence has areas where the puppy could escape, I suggest keeping them on a leash or blocking the area. You must stay with your pup.

As you are walking with your pup, wait for the dog to pee or poop. Once you witness the dog doing this then you want to praise and use the word potty, then quickly give a soft treat. I recommend a soft treat because it can be chewed up quickly.

Always plan to have treats on you, because this will help to reinforce the training. Often, I find out people are giving the treat inside the home. Giving a treat inside the home is not reinforcing the training outdoors.

If a puppy has accidents in the home, which will most likely happen from time to time. Use a good enzymatic cleaner. There are several products on the market. When you read the label information it should say enzymatic. Clean up well after each accident. If an accident happens, never yell or stick the dog's nose in it. Yelling and sticking the nose in the accident is old an outdated. There are much better ways to communicate with your new puppy. Remember this puppy is a new life learning to live in our world.

Supplies like paper towels is good to keep on hand. Treats in a container as you are headed out the door or store them in a container somewhere safe, where you know they will be readily available.

When I am working with a client, I often start a schedule sheet. This helps to track every time the puppy had an accident or peed and pooped outdoors. If a pup eats or drinks, they will need to go outdoors. Give the pup some time. Often, I will hear the pup went out and peed and then comes back indoors and poops. If this happens you need to stay outdoors longer. But if you have waited and came back indoors then your pup goes looking for a spot to go in then you need to quickly get back outdoors.

As I have mentioned it takes 100% supervision to be successful. Using praise and treats outdoors really helps this new life. This will work on any age of dog. There are times when a dog has been rescued and they need help learning to live in a new home.

A puppy should be taken outdoors every hour and as they age build up on the time. Each dog will be different as to how long they can hold it.

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