Puppy house-training

Most puppies aren’t house-trained when you first bring them home. While you’ll need plenty of patience, this is a great chance to develop the bond you have with your pet.

Hungarian Vizsla puppy outdoors sniffing grass

1. Repetition

Doing things at the same time every day, from feeding and walking to sleeping, helps your puppy get into a regular routine

2. Control

Keeping your puppy on a leash when you take them out means they won't wander off. Also, use places free of distractions

3. Consistency

Using the same simple command like "be quick" or "Potty" just before the puppy urinates acts as a recognizable trigger for your puppy

4. Reward

Praise your puppy when they go with a treat or praise to let them know that you approve of this behavior

Expert tips for potty training

Here are five tips to get your puppy started:

Jack Russell Terrier puppy sitting indoors on a puppy house training pad

What to do when accidents happen

If an accident happens, don't punish your puppy – they're still learning what to do. Puppies have smaller bladders than older dogs, so they will need to urinate more often than adult dogs. Simply disinfect the spot with a non-ammonia-based product and remove the smell with a pet odor neutralizer.

Training your puppy

Training is an important part in socializing your puppy. The better trained your puppy is, the healthier and happier it will be.

Training your puppy
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