5 Important Tips for Housebreaking Your Dog

There aren’t many things more rewarding than becoming the new owner of a new puppy. When you adopt a dog, you open yourself to a whole new world of cherished memories and new experiences that bring you an unfathomable amount of joy. While you and your dog grow and learn together, your new pup has a few important things to learn about being a well-behaved dog, and you have to have a grasp of the responsibility of pet ownership. What’s the first crucial step of raising a well behaved dog? Housebreaking of course! While we love our pets, we don’t love when they do their business in the house, so we have to teach them the way, because they won’t learn without us. With that being said, here are some key tips for you to housebreak your dog, so you can keep your sanity and your dog will never have to be scolded.

1. Stick to a Schedule

Just like raising a child, it’s best to stick to a routine when trying to familiarize good behaviors with your puppy. By sticking to a rigid schedule, you’ll see that your dog will become acclimated to going out at a certain time. Of course, this can apply to so much more than simply housebreaking your dog, as there are a lot of things a puppy needs to get in rhythm with the household.

2. Let Them out Frequently

A puppy is still too young to know the difference between the need to go and actually going, which is why they have accidents inside. Even when your puppy doesn’t need to go, it’s good to take them out so they can begin to learn when it’s an urgent situation or not.

3. Try Pads

Having pads in your home is a great way to teach your puppy to go in one specific area of your home, which will help them eventually understand the difference of where it’s appropriate to do their business. As a second step, you could even take the pads outdoors for them to use, and then take them out of the equation entirely so they know that outside is their only option.

4. Control Water Consumption

By making sure your puppy gets just enough, but not too much water will help prevent accidents, particularly at night. By taking away their water dish a couple of hours before bed, you can reduce the risk of a mishap, and also reduce the chances that your puppy will wake you up to go out.

5. Reward Good Behavior

Dogs certainly aren’t dumb, and as they grow older, they begin to have a greater sense of what’s right and what’s wrong. The best thing you can do is reward their good behavior right away. When they do their business outside, reward them even with a treat or very positive acknowledgement. They will quickly learn the behaviors that they need to follow, and going outside is at the top of the list.

There you have it. Hopefully these tips will help you buckle down and teach your puppy to quickly learn the key behaviors of growing up to being a good dog. Please be patient with your little one as it may not be easy for them to understand right away. Best of luck!