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How to house train your dog?

Updated on June 29, 2009

People get dogs for a variety of reasons. Dogs are utilized to hunt, to protect and to herd livestock, to sniff and detect bombs and narcotics. Some breeds noted for their vicious temperament are utilized as fighting dogs. However, because dogs are loyal and affectionate creatures they are most commonly kept as companions. These animals with well balanced temperaments are dubbed as man’s best friends. House training is one of the very first things a responsible owner should see to once a puppy is taken home. House training may not be necessary for working dogs as most would stay outside the home but for dogs that would live with the family inside the house, house breaking is very important.

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House training your puppy

Dogs are wonderful creatures but they need to be trained to be ideal pets. Unfortunately, dogs are not made to order from the breeder. It is absolutely necessary to train the dog to do its business in the designated place and not in any spot inside the house. Dogs are intelligent creatures. They also have an inherent will to please the master. These traits will make house training easy especially if a firm but consistent owner uses positive training methods. Hygiene inside the home will be maintained if the pet is house trained. Moreover, because dogs are pack animals, they would need a leader that will issue the rules.

What you need to do

Start house training the puppy as soon as it was taken from the breeder. This is very necessary if it will be an inside pet. Designate a spot that will be the dog’s bathroom. It can be a pile of old newspapers near the back door or a spot in the yard. Puppies need to eliminate more often so that you need to keep a close watch at least for the first few days when it has not yet mastered the routine. A dog would be antsy, would sniff the ground and walk in circles when it wants to eliminate. This would be your cue to take the dog to the newspaper pile or to take the dog outside. It would be best to take the dog at the same time each day. Be sure to use the same door when you take the dog outside. This would help the dog adapt the routine.

When accidents happen

Dogs easily understand what you want them to do. However, accident inside the house can not be totally avoided. If you catch the dog peeing or defecting inside the house a firm NO! would tell the dog that you are not pleased with his action. Never rub the dog’s nose to its mess as it will accomplish nothing.

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