Positive reinforcement is needed to house train your puppy
You should always reward your puppy for showing good habits. It’s a lot more educational than punishing him for bad behavior. Be prepared to give treats for times when your puppy properly lets you know that he needs to go, holds it in, and eliminates outdoors as he should.
Your puppy will begin to learn that this behavior ought to be rewarded and will be more inclined to continue doing this.
Crates can be a great way to house train your puppy. They can teach him how to signal that he needs to do his business outside, but they can just as easily force the puppy to go in a corner if he’s left neglected. Be sure to set up a crate that is not too big nor too small.
The puppy should have a reasonable amount of space to play in, but not enough to cleverly do his business somewhere hidden. You want to check on him regularly to ensure that he’s not engaging in this bad behavior, but also to check for signs that he’s learning to signal that he needs to go.
Whining, sniffing, barking, and circling around are all good signs that he’s signalling that he needs to go. If your puppy just isn’t learning how to hold it in, you may need to see a veterinarian about potential bladder issues.
Behaviors to Avoid
There are a few behaviors that you should definitely avoid despite perhaps thinking that they may have been justifiable at the time. These behaviors can be quite common and can backfire later on if you persistently engage in them.
● Don’t punish your puppy for having an accident. Punishment for something that it couldn’t control will lead to your puppy fearing you rather than respecting you.
● Don’t rub your dog’s nose in his business if you found it after it’s already let it out. Your dog won’t understand the connection between your anger and the accident.
● Don’t use cleaning products with ammonia to clean up your puppy’s business. Use something that is able to eliminate the odor that your puppy associates with the spot so that it doesn’t feel inclined to go again there.
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