How To House Train Your Puppy
Housetraining your new puppy is the first training you will do with him. This article explains how to do it quickly and easily.
There is nothing cuter than a soft, round puppy. Of course all of that charm quickly wears off after you have spent the better part of the afternoon cleaning up after him. The biggest favor that you can do for yourself and your puppy is to housetrain him quickly.
The easiest way to do this is by purchasing a crate to keep him in. They are available at petstores, superstores, and online, and contrary to what you may think, they are not cruel. A crate gives your puppy a place of his own, where he feels safe and secure. Similar to "time out chairs" that preschools use, it also gives him a place to cool his heels when he gets over-stimulated (and is making mincemeat of your best leather loafers).
If you are unable or unwilling to buy a crate, the next best thing is to install a baby gate on your laundry room or kitchen, someplace that is easy to clean, and where there is not much for him to hurt. Once he learns that this is his home he will want to keep it clean. You can help him with this by taking him out as soon as you let him out of his crate, immediately after he eats, and after he has been playing for a while. Ask the breeder how often he is being fed. With a puppy, it will probably be three times a day. Try to make meal times as consistent as possible. This will make it easier for you to know when he needs to go out. When he is loose in the house, keep your eye on him constantly. If you see him start to make a mess, immediately pick him up and take him outside.
Praise him lavishly for doing his business outside and he will soon get the idea. The old advice of "rubbing his nose in it" is not effective, and is no fun for either of you. If you are distracted or too busy to watch him closely put him in his crate or his room. Do not feel guilty about this, this is as much for his protection as your carpets. Not only will he not soil the floor, but he also will not be able to chew up electric cords, cleaning supplies, or the furniture.
The first few weeks and months that the puppy spends in your house, you have to teach him everything. By spending time with him now, you are saving time later, as well as developing a dog that will be a wonderful companion for years to come.