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Quick Tips: Housetraining
Have a pooch who likes to pee and poop in the house? When I fostered a 4-to-5-month-old puppy recently, I had to brush up on my own housetraining skills.
One basic rule of housetraining: do NOT punish the pup for making a puddle or a pile in the parlor. She is only doing what comes naturally. If she's a puppy, all the more reason to be patient. They can hold it only so long. It's your job to teach her where to go, and it's your job to manage things until she ‘gets’ it. There's a variety of techniques for house training. Here's one:
Puppies should go outside hourly without fail. Adult dogs who are becoming acclimated to a new home should be taken out at least every two hours the first couple of days. If your puppy or dog is inside and assumes the position to pee or poop, be calm. Say a word or phrase (“Outside!,” “Let’s go Potty!”) and escort her outside to her pee spot. Then wait. You probably startled her, so she'll probably take a few minutes to relax before she can relieve herself. When she does, say "YES!" or Click, praise her lavishly and, if you were able to grab one on the way out, give her a cookie as reward for doing it right.
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