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Will housebreaking become a challenge

Kittens and puppies are two of the most effective methods to cheering up a depressing day. The joy a puppy will show when its owner arrives is equivalent to being on a sugar high; however, not all aspects of puppy ownership are enjoyable. When a puppy first arrives he/she will require some training or 'housebreaking'. This is necessary to teach the puppy house rules and ensure he/she doesn't defecate all over the kitchen floor - not a nice thing to clean up. Housebreaking a puppy can be challenging, especially when you aren't sure what you are doing. This article will provide information on the most suitable way to housebreak a puppy.

 Crating The Puppy

One technique that can be used to housebreak a puppy is the crating strategy. This involves introducing the puppy to a crate where he/she can have some private time. Similar to humans, animals require private areas where they can sleep, eat, and clean, and by providing a crate you will be meeting this need. By introducing the crate early you can teach a puppy to control their intestinal habits quickly.

The crate can also act as a means of controlling the puppy when you are away from home. In many instances, puppies will cause accidents and 'make a mess' when not supervised. This is not because they wish to destroy the area, but rather that their unsupervised play can become a little rough with disastrous consequences. Placing a puppy in the crate will eliminate the chance of damages to your home.

 Using Verbal Cues

Another beneficial method to housebreaking a puppy is the use of verbal cues. By taking the puppy outside to defecate, you will be training him/her to head to the chosen spot when they feel a need to defecate and urinate.

To reinforce this training, one should always use verbal cues. The association of the verbal instruction with the behavior will make it easier to control the puppy's behavior. The phrases used must be consistent and should be accompanied by an action to create a visual association. This will remove confusion on behalf of the dog and increase your ability to control the dog.

Final Words On The Matter

Owning a puppy can be a great deal of fun but there are various factors to consider when training it. The information above will help you tackle this daunting task.


Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists, http://www.CanineBehaviorSpecialists.com in Nashville, TN where he helps people train their dogs and solve behavior problems.

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