In my opinion, a kennel or pet taxi is the best method to train your new puppy. I would only keep the puppy in the crate for naps and at night for bedtime. It is also good if you cannot keep an watchful eye on them, accidents are bound to happen. Puppies usually do not like to soil their bedding and when you keep them in their taxi, it helps them to learn to hold it a little longer than to be able to go at will. Don’t worry if your puppy soils his bedding for a while..this is normal. They will learn..be patient..they are very smart. It will just take time. Puppies usually need to go about every hour at first. This can first seem like a really big chore. Don’t worry if your puppy doesn’t go every time you take them outside. Each puppy is different and some can hold it longer than others. Just take him back outside in a little while they will get the hang of it and soon will know what they are suppose to do when you take them outside. Start training your puppy from the beginning. Be consistent..it will pay off in the end. As your puppy starts being able to hold it for longer periods of time. I would start letting them have more reign of the house. You should never allow your puppy free reign of your house until after they are fully housebroken. Also..remember it’s best to take them out right before bedtime and first thing in the morning as soon as you get up. I also recommend putting them on a feeding schedule and always take them outside after they eat.
Puppies should eat 2-3 times a day. Positive reinforcement works every time and puppies love lots of praise from you. Reward the behaviors you want and ignore the ones you don’t want. I have several new parents ask me WHEN can they expect their new puppy to be fully house-trained. The answer to this question really depends on the puppy. No two are the same..but by 6 months they should be fully trained. Expect an accident now and then..no one is perfect. We are always available to help in anyway we can.
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