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Bringing a new puppy home with you can be a sensational and valuable experience. Yet, several challenges for the owner seem to accompany the puppies upon their arrival. One of these challenges come in the form of house training.

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The Challenge

With the tips that will follow, though, teaching your puppy to house train outside can be a swift and satisfying experience for both you and your pup. To aid in your puppy’s education in a fast and straightforward manner, it is crucial for you to realize your puppy’s cues telling you they must eliminate.


The majority of puppies have to use the “restroom” between every three to four hours throughout the day. The need will arise within thirty minutes of drinking, eating, exercise, sleep, or play. Also, most puppies will likely demonstrate a few noticeable signals letting you know it is time for them to eliminate.

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For example, walking in circles, slinking, sniffing the floor, squatting, or attempting to hide behind objects. By meticulously monitoring your pup and remaining in tune with the body language they display will help make the transition of house training more pleasant.

Positive routines

Puppies catch on easily and quickly when positive routines are settled. When picking up on his cues, utilize the same path, door, and elimination location every time you take him outside. Praise him verbally and give him encouragement.

Select a key phrase to use when you reach the elimination space, such as “Tinkle”. This key phrase will then be his indication to urinate or defecate. It will also benefit you when you are in an unfamiliar location, allowing him authorization to eliminate.

After your puppy concludes his business, immediately shower him with treats and praises. It is vital for you to escort him every time he eliminates.  This permits you to ensure he has fully completed elimination and for you to reward him right away.


It is recommended you keep your new puppy on a leash at all times until he has been successfully house trained. This will give you the opportunity to keep an eye on his body language, cues, and behaviors indicating he needs to take a trip outside.

If you are unable to monitor your puppy, he ought to be confined in a puppy-proof area of the house. This space must have food, water, a warm bed, and a place for elimination. Before confining him, ensure that he has had the opportunity to exercise and to relieve himself.

In the event he does have an accident while you are away, serving a punishment will only bring fear and intimidation. This should be a crucial bonding period. If he does start to have an indoor accident under your supervision, you may startle him by saying, “Stop” or by simply clapping. Follow up by performing the usual routine, ending with a reward for him after he finishes in the appropriate area.

Adhering to these tips can bring a gratifying and fulfilling experience for you and your puppy.


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Thomas Love grew up with five dogs throughout his childhood. He loves them to death and has not met one he didn't like. His first dog Duchess was always with him from his earliest memories until his last day of school in eighth grade. That day Thomas will never forget.


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