June 13, 2008, Newsletter Issue #240: Housebreaking - It's All in the Training

Tip of the Week

If your puppy is slow to learn potty training, the problem may be that he's not getting the message. It's important when potty training to be consistent and clear to your young dog so that he knows where he can and can't eliminate.

Establish a routine so that your puppy knows when he can expect to go potty. Try first thing in the morning, after meals, before bedtime, and the middle of the night, if necessary.

If you cannot be there to watch your puppy, place him in a crate. Always allow for frequent opportunities to go out to eliminate, as he is still young and has limited bladder control.

Also keep a firm watch on your puppy. If he does have an accident, let him know immediately that the behavior is not acceptable with a firm, "No!" Then promptly take him to the correct elimination area so that he knows where he can go potty.

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