5 Tips for Housebreaking Your New Puppy
Welcoming a new puppy into your family is an exciting time. They’re cute, cuddly and full of energy. With the new addition come some challenges. One major issue that new dog owners have is housebreaking. It’s time consuming and can be frustrating. There are a few things you can do to ease the process and make your life easier.
1. Create a schedule and stick to it. Keeping a consistent schedule will help get your new puppy into a routine. Though it may be challenging at first, they will begin to know when to expect a trip outdoors to relieve themselves.
2. Control his or her diet. Keeping you dog on a consistent diet, especially as a puppy, is important in preventing accidents. Puppies have sensitive digestive systems and unfamiliar foods can easily cause a bad reaction.
3. Provide exercise regularly. Providing your dog with regular exercise not only keeps them in good shape, but also helps keep their digestive system regular.
4. Praise good behavior. Rather than punishing your pup for having an accident, reward them when they use the bathroom outside. Reinforcing their positive actions will encourage them to keep repeating them. Bite sized treats work great for this.
5. Be Patient. Housebreaking a puppy takes time and won’t happen overnight. Be patient with your new pup and eventually your time, hard work and persistence will pay off.
Congratulations on the new addition, and we hope these tips help you with the housebreaking process.