Your Pup’s First Night Home

By Maria Posted in pet housebreaking /

Get off on the right foot (or paw) with your new puppy from the very start! The moment you bring him home, carry your pup from your car to the yard. Set him down on the grass and let him stay there until he potties. Once he does, praise him and let him know how wonderful he is. After you bring your pup inside the house, you can play with him for an hour. Plan on taking him outside at least once every two hours while he’s awake. Don’t expect him to tell you when he has to eliminate!

photoFeed your puppy his dinner in his crate. Wait half an hour before you let him out. When you do, carry him outside to potty before doing anything else, and don’t bring him back in until he does his business. Some pups get the job done quickly, while others can take thirty minutes. If your pet is being slow, go around the yard, encouraging him to follow you. Walking tends to get things moving, if you know what I mean.

Always take your pup outside the first thing whenever you take him out of his crate and always carry him to the door. This is important, as puppies seem to have an impulse to pee the moment they step out of their crate and onto carpeting. If you let him walk to the door, he’ll most likely have an accident before he gets there. A part of this training technique is psychological; you want your puppy to feel grass, not your carpet, under his paws when he goes to the bathroom.

Following another short round of playing, take your pooch outside before bedtime, then tuck him into his crate for the night. If he cries at nighttime, he probably needs to relieve himself. Carry him outside to potty, then place him back in his crate, but keep cuddling to a minimum. If you play with him, he might not want to go back to sleep! If your puppy is keeping you up, don’t worry too much about it. Pups usually sleep through the night after a few days.

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