When you get your puppy home, take him straight to where you wish him to eliminate and wait until he does. Praise him lavishly when he goes in the right place. Then allow him to explore one room at a time in the house. If you have children, it is best to bring your puppy home when they are not around, so that the puppy has time to explore in peace.
House-training should start straight away. If you notice your puppy circling and sniffing the floor, it is likely that he is about to go. In this case, move him straight away to your designated area and praise when he eliminates. If any accidents occur, do not punish the puppy in any way. If you catch him in the act, pick him up and move him to the proper place. If he has already been, simply clean up with a pet deodoriser disinfectant.
Clicker training is a great way to build a positive-reinforcement based relationship with your new puppy. You can use it to help with house training, obedience training, and even teach tricks! All you need is a clicker, some treats and patience. For further information about clicker training, please use the links below or read the recommended books.
- Karen Pryor’s original Clicker Training website – lots of information, books, clicker training aids
- The Kennel Club page for advice on early training
Last modified: 2011-09-18