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Raising Your Puppy: 6 Tips To Help With Housetraining

Cute female beagle puppy looking around anxiously, while relieving herself by the sea. There are visible sand particles on the puppy's fur.

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Few things can put a damper on the joy of bringing a new puppy into your home than unwanted accidents. If you are looking for ways to housetrain your puppy, you are not alone.

There are lots of ways to potty train your new puppy, and the good news is your puppy definitely wants to learn! Before you let your pooch get full run of the house, make sure to teach them the house rules and avoid accidents.

Training a puppy to do tricks, to not chew up your things, and not to have accidents isn’t as difficult as it may feel. Yes, it can be a daunting task, but you can do it!

Here are all the things you need to think about as you start housetraining your new puppy.

Do you have any tips or tricks on how to housetrain a puppy? Any frustrations you encountered? Let us know in the comments below!

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House training a puppy can be one of the most difficult things to do, especially for first time dog owners. Puppies need to learn how to relieve themselves before going to the bathroom, but at the same time, puppies can be very destructive. In order to make housebreaking your puppy easier, you’ll want to start house training as soon as possible. You can do this by finding puppy breeds that are known for having a good temperament.

Experts generally recommend that you start house training your puppy while they are still between twelve weeks and sixteen weeks old, when they already have enough control over their bowels and bladder movements to learn how to hold it down. Once your puppy has accomplished these tasks, you can then introduce rewards to encourage good behavior. Rewards can be anything from a treat to a piece of dog-friendly catnip. Treats are great because you can easily measure their success by how much attention they get from you or other members of the family. If your puppy isn’t taking well to treats, you should try something a little more drastic such as a leash or a crate.

Another option that you have for teaching your puppy that they need to go to the bathroom outside is a crate. Although some people think crates are cruel, it’s actually a great way to house train a puppy. A crate basically turns a puppy into a tiny prison, making it difficult for them to roam free. Inside a crate, a puppy learns to respond to their name and to commands by going into the crate and covering their ears. You should be careful not to confuse these commands with “come” or “stay” as puppies are easily confused with those words.