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How to House Train Your Puppy

Oscar as a puppy

If you have a new dog and want to maintain clean carpets, then you need to house train your dog or puppy. Many people think it will be an easy enough task, but it takes patience and persistence. Ignore the myths you may have heard which tell you to hit your dog when you find him messing in the house, this won't help at all and your dog will just end up being frightened of you.

Crate training

Crate training is an effective way you can help to house train your dog. Dog crates work well because they teach your dog that it shouldn't mess where it eats or sleeps - so the dog crate is essentially where the dog will make its den, where no-one else goes or disturbs. If your dog can control itself in its own bed, then this ability can be used throughout the house.

Another method is to train indoors, making your dog go on newspaper at a designated place in the house, preferably by the back door so that they get used to being close to outside.

Feeding habits

Feeding times also affect your puppy's toilet habits; a six month old puppy should be fed at least twice a day, and watered four times a day or more. Meal times should be around the same time every day, so that your puppy gets used to discipline and a routine, meaning you should avoid free feeding. You should give your puppy water after every meal, then take it out half an hour after it has eaten and every time it has water without food, take your dog out an hour after to go to the toilet.

Your dog will sometimes slip up, and if it does, then don't punish it, instead lift your dog up and put it where you want it to go. Another tip, when your dog does its business in the wrong place - don't clean it up with ammonia based cleaners because they smell like urine and will make your dog think it is the right place to go. Instead, clean it up with two parts water and one part white vinegar. This picture was taken of Oscar as a puppy at only 4 weeks old!

Rupert Brown

Rupert owns and runs Muddy Paws with his wife Emma. Having set up the company when Oscar was a puppy 8 years ago (the famous chief tester here at Muddy Paws HQ), Rupert has lots of experience when it comes to looking after a canine companion. Visit Rupert's Google+ profile.

Rupert Brown

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