House-training your new puppy is probably one of the most dreaded of all the training you and your new pup have to go through — but it’s also one of the most important. If homeowners don’t house-train their dog, then they run the risk of ruining their home’s floors and, eventually, other bad behaviors may develop in the future.

At Canine College, our professional dog training company in the Boston area is here to help first time puppy owners figure out the best course of action. Our training technique involves a lot of positive reinforcement, patience, and persistence, which is exactly what you’ll need here.

  1. First things first, never give your new puppy free range around your entire home. Instead, keep them in the crate as often as possible, or confined to one room so that they don’t have an accident elsewhere in the house.
  2. Next, take away their food between meals in order to establish a regular eating habit.
  3. The first thing you should do every day is take your dog outside so they can relieve themselves after waiting all night. Don’t forget to immediately let them outside after meals.
  4. Have a specified area of the yard where your dog should go to the bathroom so that they get used to the idea of going there and nowhere else.
  5. After your puppy does his business outside (be sure to stay with him while outside) always reward your dog with treats, verbal or physical praise.

Keep in mind that every dog is different! Puppies may take 4 to 6 months to completely potty train. If you’re having difficulties training your puppy, contact our greater Boston area dog training facility today for a variety of training classes.

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