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Housebreaking Tips

Has a new puppy recently joined your household? Congratulations! You’re in for some super cute moment with your furry friend this year. One of the biggest things on your agenda will be house training. A Murrieta, CA vet discusses housebreaking below.

Walk Schedule

You’ll need to take your canine buddy out quite a bit while you are house breaking him. Down the road, your pet may only need a few walks a day. However, puppies can’t hold it very long. On average, they can only go about an hour for each month of age. Therefore, a two-month old puppy can’t hold it more than two hours. You’ll also want to walk little Fido first thing in the morning, after meals and play sessions, and just before bed.

Watch For Signs

In addition to the times we have listed above, you’ll also want to walk little Fido whenever you notice him turning in circles and/or sniffing the ground intently. As you may know, these are signs that your pooch is looking for the right spot to do his business. (Picking the perfect place is, for some reason, extremely important to Man’s Best Friend.) Whining, circling, or scratching at the door are also indications that your pup needs to go.

Offer Positive Reinforcement

Always take treats with you when walking your furry pal. As soon as little Fido relieves himself out doors, immediately offer him a yummy snack, as well as praise and ear scritches.

Crate Train

Crate training works very well in conjunction with housebreaking. Dogs don’t like to soil their beds, so your puppy will naturally try to hold it when he is crated. Just be sure not to keep the little guy crated too long. You want your pet to think of his crate as a cozy den, not a jail cell.

Keep It Routine

Another thing that will help is keeping little Fido on a set schedule for his meals. When he’s older, you may want to leave his dishes out all the time, but for now, remove them between meals.

Avoid Punishment

Never punish little Fido for having accidents. You can say something like ‘No!’ or ‘Bad!’ in a stern tone of voice, while pointing at the mess, but anything more than that may just frighten and/or confuse him.

Please reach out to us, your Murrieta, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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