how to house train your puppyWhile getting a new puppy may be an overly exciting and exhilarating time, learning to put best practices in place to make sure they become a well-trained, well behaved dog in the future depends on what you do now to instill good behavior and habits in them.

We wanted to share with you the best steps to take to ensure your puppy becomes the best canine companion:

  • Establish a routine
  • Establishing a set schedule is very important in a puppy’s training schedule, as a schedule teaches them that there are times to eat, times to play and times to do their business.

5 Easy Steps To House Train Your Puppy

Take your puppy outside at least every two hours— there are better times than others to take them out, such as immediately after they wake up, during and after playing, and after eating or drinking. Pick a set bathroom spot outside, and always take them exactly to that spot. While they are relieving themselves, use a specific word or phrase that you can use to remind them that this is the spot for proper practice.

Reward your puppy every time they eliminate in the proper area – praise them or give them treats—but remember to do so immediately after they’ve finished. Before rewarding, be sure they’re finished as puppies are easily distracted and if you praise too soon, they may forget to finish until they’re back in the house.

Pick up your puppy’s water dish– two and a half hours before bedtime to reduce the likelihood that they’ll need to relieve themselves during the night. If they do wake you up in the night, don’t punish them or make a big deal of it; otherwise they will think it is time to play and won’t want to go back to sleep. Turn on as few lights as possible, don’t talk to or play with them, take them out and then return immediately to bed.

Tether your puppyTether them to you or a nearby piece of furniture with a six-foot leash if you are not actively training or playing. Watch for signs that they needs to go out, such as barking or scratching at the door, squatting, restlessness, or sniffing around. When you see these signs, immediately grab the leash and take them outside to their designated bathroom spot.

Keep your puppy on leash or well supervised – Give them some freedom in the house and yard only after they become reliably housetrained.

With these tips, training a puppy into a well behaved dog should be a simple and efficient process that gives you the furry friend you have always desired.