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    House Training a Puppy: Tips for Success

    Look for the signs.

    Training would be easier if your puppy could just tell you when it was time to go, but luckily there are a few behaviors you can watch out for that will tip you off. If he is pacing, whining, circling or trying to leave the room, he might be telling you it's time. You could also keep your puppy on a leash in the house, this way the puppy is next to you and you can more easily notice the signs that the puppy needs to eliminate.

    Watch the clock.

    Your puppy will need to relieve himself every few hours, so make sure you keep track of the time and take him outside frequently and consistently. Though your pup can go a bit longer at night, you may need to make a few bleary-eyed, middle-of-the-night trips to avoid accidents when your puppy is only a few months old.

    Build a safe spot.

    If you do need to leave your puppy unsupervised at any time, the best way to minimize accidents is to keep him confined to a certain space. Use a baby gate to block off an area, like your kitchen or bathroom, that's easier to clean than a carpeted surface. Over time, you'll be able to gradually increase the space until your dog is free to move about the house while you're gone.

    Good puppy!

    Rewarding your puppy is important to keep training positive. Give him simple praise or a small treat when he has a successful trip outside so that he learns that he's done well.

    Accidents happen.

    Even when house training your puppy goes really well, there will likely be at least a few accidents. It's important to stay positive and avoid scolding him. Stay calm and simply take your dog outside immediately — even if he's already finished relieving himself.

    Take your time.

    There's no such thing as a quick-fix solution. House training a puppy is a process, so try to be patient and remember that the time you put in now will make you both happier in the long run.

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