Puppy Training: 5 Basic Housebreaking Tips

Housebreaking a new pup can always be a challenge.

We’ve listed 5 different types of training you can teach your new puppy. Done correctly, these housebreaking tips will help your puppy learn what not to do in his/her new home.

First and foremost, teach your new puppy his daily routines. Where his food and water dishes are located. What times of day he will eat. Where his bed is. What time he goes to bed. What time he gets up. Where he goes to the bathroom. Where his toys are kept.

1. Crate training (2-3 months)

Your puppy’s crate is his safe and secure den. Some people mistakenly refer to a crate as “doggie jail.”…
For a new puppy, a crate is an invaluable aid in housebreaking. When your puppy is used to his crate, it will be easy to take him visiting, for trips in the car, or to the vet…


2. Housebreaking (2-3 months)

At 2-3 months old, puppies are infants and won’t have reliable control of their bladder for many months. Some breeds are notoriously difficult to housebreak and take even longer…
…There are several methods of housebreaking, including using a crate, an exercise pen (commonly called an “ex-pen”), a doggy door leading into a small potty yard, or a litter box (for tiny breeds).


3. Acceptance of being handled (2-3 months)

Your puppy must accept YOU as the leader in your family. You are the one who decides what is OK and what isn’t. Grooming, clipping nails, giving medicine, removing a tick or a splinter, putting on a collar or harness…
The best way to do this is to include it in your vocabulary lessons and your respect lessons. If you teach words and respect properly, acceptance of being handled will come naturally – they go “hand-in-hand”!


4. Gentleness (2-3 months)

Like acceptance of being handled, gentleness is taught along with vocabulary and respect training.
Puppies who have been taken away from their mothers too soon (before 7 weeks old) tend to be more nippy and to play more roughly. You will have to take over from wherever his mother left off and teach your puppy how to restrain himself, and what is OK to do when living with humans.


5. Household rules (2-3 months)

Start early teaching Puppy which behaviors are allowed in your house and which behaviors aren’t…
YOU decide on the household rules. Then be completely consistent about enforcing what you have decided. “No!” and “Good!” will serve you well for these puppy lessons, but only if you have taught those words properly.

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