Pets: Housebreaking the Christmas Puppy

Many a home has been blessed with the addition of a new puppy for the holidays.  This is often a good time to get a puppy because many people are taking time off for the holidays, which gives them a couple of weeks to get through the hardest part of housebreaking a puppy. 

When first separating a pup from their mother and littermates, there is often at least a few nights you will be kept awake with the crying of the new pup.  Bank on at least a week (or two or three) of interrupted sleep, followed by about six to eight months of having to physically walk outside with the puppy for potty breaks.  Rain, sleet, snow or hail – puppy’s got to pee.  Which means you will be standing in the cold for some time to come.

During a puppy’s first year of life, you will find that your puppy is very dependent upon you being within close physical proximity.  By nature, dogs are pack animals and are very social creatures.  Just like any baby, the need for constant guidance by the pet owner is imperative for puppies.   To open the back door and expect your puppy to walk into the back yard by themselves to eliminate is just too great an expectation for an infant or young dog.  

You will need to physically walk out into the yard with your puppy in order to monitor whether or not your puppy has eliminated, regardless of temperature or precipitation.  If you put the pup in the yard by themselves, social attraction and puppy insecurity will cause the pup to sit at the back door waiting to get a glimpse of you (which at the same time makes it very difficult for the puppy to think about whether or not it must eliminate.) 

In most cases, housebreaking a puppy can be a long process.  As you purchase your new pet keep in mind that accidents are going to happen, no matter how diligent you are in monitoring your pups’ activities. 

There are many ways to housebreak a puppy, and all are dependant upon many factors inside your home; your schedule, the layout of your home, the dogs’ size, the dogs’ age, and the dogs’ breed all play a part in ease of housebreaking.  Every household will have a different training process in achieving housebreaking success.

I offer a FREE in-home housebreaking consultation so that I may help you figure out the quickest and easiest way to housebreak your puppy.  Starting off on the right foot is so important, so give me a call and I will be there to help you with the right formula for housebreaking your new puppy.  Mia’s Canine Solutions 972 849-7688

Thank you to all of my clients and friends for your continued support. I wish all of you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

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