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The secrets to housebreaking a puppy

Housebreaking a puppy is by far one of the most frustrating of all the things you will encounter when get a new dog. House breaking puppies require a person to be patient and learn to be more consistent with their work. Most of the time because housebreaking a puppy is such a hard job most of the dogs end up inside the shelter because their owners simply don't have the patience to put up with the dog going potty all over their house.

Dogs that have been well cared for by owners who have shown patience, love, and attention are usually well trained. You'll find you get best results when training your puppy under these circumstances.

When the dog has soiled the carpet or has eliminated under your bed, the worst thing to do is to get mad and start yelling and call him bad. You can't allow your dog to have control of the situation either however as this will lead him to become the leader of the pack, he'll then do as he pleases. Dogs don't like to go potty in the place where they sleep or eat. If you keep your dog in a closed in area (such as a crate) chances are you will not have elimination problems.

Crate training is the preferred method of housebreaking dogs by many leading dog trainers and dog owners. Crates provide just enough space for dogs to sleep and eat and over time will become one of your dog's favorite places to just chill out.

Usually you will find that your dog will need to eliminate in the early morning after they wake up, when they are finished with meals and in some cases after play time and before bed. You should allow your dog time to conduct his business outside, and then take him back in the home. It is best to follow this schedule and he will usually come to expect when he should be going to the bathroom. If you should be late then you may find that the dog may have an accident.

For people who live in downtown apartments or places that don't have outside space, paper training may be a more convenient way of housebreaking your dog. Paper training works by teaching your dog to always use the paper as his toilet spot. If you use paper training you'll need to replace the paper each day.

Remember also that dogs will let you know when they need to go to the toilet by scratching the door, barking at it, sniffing the house and circling. To stop him you will need to promptly say to him to "stop" in your most commanding voice without yelling. When he has done what he is supposed to you will then reward his behavior and then give him a treat to let him know you are pleased.

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