2. House Training
Most new puppy owners put housebreaking high on their list of priorities. After all, it’s frustrating when your dog pees in the house. Get your puppy off to a good start by putting him on a schedule. If he is eating at regular times and being taken outside frequently, you will be well on your way to house training the new puppy.
Keep in mind that punishment, such as scolding or rubbing a pup’s nose in his mess, does not usually have the desired effect. A better method of housebreaking a puppy is to reward him with praise, treats, and playtime when he relieves himself in the right spot. A crate can also be a helpful housebreaking tool.
3. Crate Training
A crate is used to confine a puppy when you are unable to supervise him. If your puppy is given enough time to become comfortable in his crate, it may become one of his favorite spots. Crates allow you to prevent your puppy from developing bad habits, like inappropriate chewing or soiling.
Crates are also good tools for housebreaking. Most dogs will not relieve themselves in the same place that they sleep. If your dog is crated when he isn’t outside with you or under your supervision in your house, chances are he will never develop the habit of going potty indoors.
A puppy shouldn’t be kept in his crate for more than a few hours at a time. Even when you are home to supervise him, however, he shouldn’t have the run of the house right away. There are too many things in a house for a puppy to chew on, hide under, or get harmed by. Confining him to a kitchen or another small room with a door or baby gate can go a long way in preventing your puppy from developing bad habits.
Remember, a puppy who gets the opportunity to do something he finds enjoyable, such as gnawing on your furniture, is more likely to repeat the behavior. Confinement keeps him from getting these opportunities.