Puppy Housebreaking Problems

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you encounter puppy housebreaking problems, you will need to take a look at what you are doing. More often than not, the problems result from the actions that the owner is taking or not taking. Rarely do housebreaking problems stem from the puppy. However, if your puppy is ill you may experience temporary problems. If you suspect this is the case, take your puppy to the vet right away.

Causes of Puppy Housebreaking Problems

Inconsistencies in training can be a huge cause of puppy housebreaking problems. If you let your dog slide once in a while for whatever reason, you will experience problems. Even if you think you have a good reason for this, really look to see if it is that good. Every time you let your puppy slide on something, he will think that it is okay to eliminate inside and on the carpet. Be on top of the training.

Not letting your dog slide does not mean that you should ever punish him. On the contrary, praise him for good work and barely do anything for bad work. You may give a strong, low, "No"--that should suffice. If you are hitting your dog, even just a little tap, you may be scaring him. This will result in back peddling of your training. Your dog may retreat when you advance or he may become aggressive toward you.

Many puppy housebreaking problems can be solved just by looking at your own behavior. If you are feeding your dog at all different times during the day, with no set schedule, then your dog's elimination will never have a schedule. You want to make it so that you can take your dog out three times a day and that will do. If you want that kind of schedule, then you must feed him on that kind of schedule.

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