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  • House training your puppy requires more than a stack of

  • old newspapers.

  • It calls for patience, commitment, and above all,

  • consistency.

  • Hi, I'm Kathy Santo for Iams with Howdini.

  • And today we're going to talk about how to

  • house train your puppy.

  • A trusting and consistent relationship is fundamental to

  • successful house training.

  • The more consistent you are, the faster

  • your puppy will learn.

  • House training a puppy can take several weeks and

  • sometimes longer with smaller breeds.

  • The first step to house training your puppy is to

  • establish a routine.

  • Puppies did best on a regular schedule, because it teaches

  • them that there are times to eat, times to play,

  • and times to potty.

  • As a general rule, a puppy can control his bladder about an

  • hour for every month of age.

  • So if your puppy is only three months old, he can probably

  • only hold it for about three hours, if not less.

  • Make sure to take him right out after he wakes up, during

  • and after play time, and after eating or drinking, because

  • these are times he's most likely to have to go.

  • If you work and are unable to take your puppy outside as

  • often as needed, you could hire a dog walker to give your

  • puppy his necessary breaks.

  • I recommend picking a specific bathroom spot outside and

  • always taking him there first when he's on a leash.

  • While your puppy is going, say something like "go potty" so

  • that you can eventually use that phrase to

  • remind him what to do.

  • You should take him out for a walk or play time after he's

  • gone potty, or he might just learn to hold

  • it to keep you outside.

  • Reward your puppy every time he goes potty outdoors with

  • praise or a treat, but make sure to do so immediately

  • before he goes back into the house.

  • Rewarding correct behavior is the best way

  • to teach your puppy.

  • Be careful not to reward your puppy until he's completely

  • finished, or he may forget to finish up outside and then

  • have an accident inside.

  • And remember, what goes into a puppy on a schedule comes out

  • of a puppy on a schedule.

  • So always take your puppy out after feeding.

  • Try picking up your puppy's water dish about two and a

  • half hours before bedtime, so he won't have as much water to

  • try and hold overnight.

  • If you keep a consistent schedule, your puppy could be

  • house trained by the time he's five to six months old.

  • But don't be discouraged if it takes your puppy longer or has

  • an occasional accident.

  • Many factors, including breed of dog, consistency, and

  • temperament, can contribute to a longer training period.

  • If you feel that there's little to no progress, consult

  • with your veterinarian to be sure that a medical issue,

  • such as a bladder infection, isn't the culprit.

  • Supervision in the beginning is critical.

  • Exercise pens are extremely helpful while house training.

  • Keeping your puppy in a small space within eyesight will

  • allow you to notice and react when they start showing the

  • signs of needing to eliminate.

  • Those signs can be barking, scratching at the door,

  • squatting, sniffing, or circling.

  • If you're unable to monitor your puppy, you can confine

  • him to an area small enough so that he won't want to

  • eliminate there.

  • A space just large enough for him to lay down with a couple

  • extra inches is just fine.

  • Many people choose to combine with a crate which can be very

  • helpful for house training your young dog.

  • For more information on crate training watch "How to crate

  • train your puppy."

  • I'm Kathy Santo for Iams with Howdini, and I hope that

  • you've found this helpful as you welcome your new addition

  • to your family.

  • For more information on puppy care and training, visit

  • iams.com/puppy.

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