House Training a Puppy – Challenges and Tips

There are a lot of challenges that come with training a dog, and many if not all of them can be mitigated through persistent training. Training can be used to teach your dog not to chew things they shouldn’t, go to the bathroom in the yard, and keep them from using their teeth on people during playtime. By house training a puppy, you can get them to go where you want them to, when you want them to. However, housebreaking can sometimes be an exercise in frustration, but with the right amount of patience you should be able to overcome it in a matter of weeks. In this article, we’ll take a look at a couple methods you can use for housebreaking.


House training a puppy can usually be accomplished using positive and negative reinforcement, which refers to rewarding the puppy with praise and treats when he successfully goes outside, and scolding him and putting him outside when he goes in the house. A good way to start using positive and negative reinforcement is to try taking your puppy out about an hour after he eats. Spend some time outside playing with your puppy, and give him the chance to do what he needs to do. If he goes, reward him, and if not, take him back out in an hour or so. Repeat this until he can successfully hold it until he gets outside, or let you know that he needs to go.

If your puppy does make a mess inside the house, there are lots of specialized cleaners that are specifically designed to take care of pet messes. House training a puppy can be a real wear on your nerves, but once it’s done you’ll not only feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with it, but the stress of wondering whether there are any pet messes when you get home will be reduced. Remember to keep a level head and be persistent, and your puppy should be housebroken in no time.

If you have been house training a puppy for more than a few weeks and he shows no sign of improvement, or if he seems to be going either too often or too rarely, it can be a sign of a deeper problem. A visit to your local vet may be require to evaluate what the problem is, so be sure to stay aware of this chance.