Housetraining any dog takes patience.  Stay calm, cool, and loving throughout the process.  Never yell or be harsh with the dog.  It does not work.  Remember to research the dog breed too before starting.  House training varies slightly depending on the type of dog you own.  If you have questions along the way, talk to a Florida dog training professional.  He/she will be happy to help you through this process.

Routine is Key

I have talked about routine in prior posts.  I mentioned how routine is necessary for playtime, feeding, and sleeping.  A dog becomes accustom to routine and needs it to live a happy and healthy life, but it does not stop there.  Routine is also key when it comes to house training.

Choose a specific time every day to take your puppy outside.  With young smaller breeds this could be as often as every four hours.  With large and older pups, it may be every six hours.  Do your homework to make sure the time chosen is suitable for your dog.

Once outside, show your dog the area designated for house training.  Wait a few minutes.  Allow your dog to explore the area.  After your dog expels of any waste in the targeted area, take your dog away from it to play.  When it is time to go again, take your dog back to the same spot.  Eventually, your dog will correlate the selected location with going to the bathroom.  Over time, your dog will automatically go to that area whenever he/she needs to go.

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