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Puppies are like babies. They love routine. Because of this set schedule, they get to look forward to eating, playing, pooping activities most of the day.

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Before getting a puppy, plan ahead and make sure that you can be home in his early days. This is when you lay the foundation of his life activities.

As soon as your puppy arrives home, set a walking time of at least every hour interval if he’s one month old. That’s how long his bladder can hold. It gets longer as he grows older. Take him on a leash and stop at his designated spot to do his business. Give him a cue word to remind him that it is time. And every time he completes his business, be sure to give him a praise and a treat. After peeing and pooping time comes to play time. It is his bonus for doing the toilet time correctly.

Eating time should be scheduled as well. Toilet time depends greatly on the meal schedule. Initially, puppies eat three to four times a day. Strictly follow this schedule every day to ensure that housetraining becomes successful. Stop giving him food around two hours before bedtime not too much toilet breaks at night. They usually sleep for a straight seven hours. But if he does wake you to, take him out for a bathroom break. Don’t play after. Go back to bed immediately for him to do the same.

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While still housetraining, always keep your puppy in a leash even when he’s inside the house. This is the only way bathroom errands don’t happen inside the house when you’re not near him. Usually, he barks, scratches, become restless and sniff around when he needs to go. Watch ours for these signs. If ever he accidentally does it inside the house, do not scold him. If you cannot watch him the whole day, confine him in a small area when he can lie down, stand and turn around. Make sure to walk him to his bathroom spot as soon as you get home.

Remember that mistakes do happen during housetraining. Clean the soiled areas at home thoroughly. Dogs have this instinct of doing it again in the same spot because they can smell it there. Disinfect that same spot to prevent him from doing the mistake there again. If you do catch him in the act, make a noise to interrupt him and walk him over to his bathroom spot. Do not scold him. Instead, reward him with a treat and praise after doing it correctly.

If in case you really have to be away, arrange for a sitter to come over to assist in doing his activities especially his bathroom duties for the day.

Training him to pee or poop indoors will make house training difficult and longer. If this is necessary, make sure that his confined space has a proper designation for sleep, toilet and play areas. You have to initially train him just the same to get used to this situation.

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