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The Best and Easiest Way to House Train Your Dog or Puppy

When it comes to house-training a dog or puppy, some people can get very confused and frustrated.
In this article, I will refer to the puppy or dog as "her" or "she", for no other reason than because my dog is a female.
Now, there are people who believe that all you need to do is rub the dog's nose in the soiled spot, yell at them, swat them on their behind, send them on their way and eventually the dog will learn to not soil in the house.
This is actually the worst thing you can do to your dog or puppy.
You see, it's been proven that dogs live in the moment.
By the time you discover that your dog has soiled in the house, your dog has already forgotten what she has done.
She has no idea why you are putting her through all this.
Treating her this way can be very detrimental to your bond with your dog.
House-training your dog or puppy doesn't have to be complicated.
As long as you are consistent with the following steps, your dog will learn not to soil in the house.
It's very important to remember to always be consistent with these steps or you will confuse your dog and thereby prolong the training process.
The first thing you need to do is to put your dog on a feeding and watering schedule.
Puppies should be fed at least two times a day and no more than three times a day.
Do not free-feed your dog.
Put their food down, give them at least 5 or 10 minutes and if they haven't eaten, pick the food up.
The last meal (and water) should be given no more than 2 or 3 hours before bedtime.
Your puppy or dog should be taken out immediately after the following: waking up, getting up from resting, drinking water, eating, playing, training, and actively sniffing.
When you do take her outside, make sure you give her plenty of time to eliminate.
After your puppy eliminates, praise her and give her at least 10 more minutes to make sure she is done.
When inside, make sure that your puppy is in your site at all times.
If you cannot watch your puppy, put her in her crate.
If this is not possible, then put her on a leash and tie the leash to your waist or belt.
This very important.
If your puppy is allowed to roam freely in the house, you will not be able to catch her when she soils on the floor.
It's important to be able to catch her in the act! If you see your puppy or dog eliminating on the floor, rush over and immediately pick her up and take her outside to finish.
Once she's finished, praise her.
Then bring her back inside the house and put her in her crate and do not let her see you clean up her mess.
You want to clean up the mess with a vinegar and water solution.
This will eliminate the odor completely.
If your dog can smell where she has eliminated before, she will want to go there again.
If you do not have a crate for your dog, I suggest you get one as soon as possible.
Not only will it make your life much easier when it comes to house training, but your dog will actually grow to love her crate and will feel secure in it.
Dogs are den animals and are used to being in close spaces.
Make sure the crate is only big enough for her to stand up and turn around.
You do not want her to be able to eliminate in a corner and then lie back down in another.
Dogs do not like to lie in their feces or urine and will hold it until you take them out.
Remember, consistency is the key to any kind of dog training.
Keep your dog on a feeding schedule, take her outside frequently and never let her out of your site.
By following these instructions, your dog will be house-trained in no time.


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