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How to house train your dog

Bringing a new dog or puppy into your household is an incredibly exciting time but it is important to ensure that you house train them and complete some basic training with them. This is especially important if you are planning on using a Dog Boarding Surrey company whilst you are away.

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Training can include everything from teaching them where they are and aren’t allowed to go in the house, as well as keeping them off the sofa if this is your choice, right through to teaching them not to pull on the lead when they are out on a walk, and where to go to the toilet. Here are some great ways to make sure that your dog is house trained and that you can limit any little accidents from happening.

  • Time – making sure that you have the time to train your dog is incredibly important as it is not something that is going to be completed in a weekend. So, you need to make sure that you have the time each day to undertake some of the training as well as looking at the training over a longer period of time.
  • Routine – when you have a set routine for feeding your dog as well as the timings for taking them out for a walk and enjoying some play time, you will find that it becomes easier to predict when they will need the toilet. This can help you to get them to the place you want them to relieve themselves in, in plenty of time.

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  • Little clues – you will find that your dog will give little clues as to fact that they need the toilet. This may be sniffing the ground whilst circling around. This occurs as they are looking for a suitable place to go. If you have a puppy, their bladders cannot hold water in for long (much like a young child) and so you need to be taking them outside about 10 to 20 minutes after they have had a drink and after they wake up from a sleep.
  • Commands – when you take your dog outside for a toilet trip you should make sure that you don’t give them any attention other than the command that you want to use such as ‘toilet’ or ‘go’. After they have been to the toilet you should make sure that you give them lots of praise and rewards such as a treat and some playtime. This will help to reinforce that what they have just done is good and has been rewarded as such.

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