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You buy that wonderful puppy and he fills the home with glee, love, and entertainment. But no matter how much you love your furry friend, it becomes difficult to look past the pee stains all over the couch and carpet. If not properly housebroken, this problem will persist.

Worry not; as no matter what kind of pet you’ve brought into your household, there are always ways to housebreak him. It is commonly said that while the technique is an integral part of the potty training process, it is, in fact, consistency and positive reinforcement which take you to the finish line.

The process of housebreaking your pet typically varies depending on the type of animal in question. Dogs, for instance, usually take around half a year to become efficiently housetrained, with the smallest of dog breeds taking a bit longer since they often have to urinate more frequently.

That’s why it’s important for you as the owner do the proper research for your specific pet before allowing him into your home.

How to Potty Train a Puppy

First, it’s not always easy. If there’s one piece of advice you should know beforehand, it’s that you’re going to need to be patient. Setbacks occur and pets can be stubborn and challenging.

Next, build a routine. When your pet first enters your home there are two things that need to be done immediately. Create a feeding and potty routine.

There should be a set place for your pet to eat with a set schedule when he is to do so (removing his food when it’s not the appropriate hour). The same process should be replicated for your pet’s potty schedule, although it will be harder to enforce.

There should be a set place for your pet to eat with a set schedule when he is to do so (removing his food when it’s not the appropriate hour). The same process should be replicated for your pet’s potty schedule, although it will be harder to enforce.

By doing this, despite how dexterous you are in training your pet, you create a structure that will begin to solidify as he ages. This structure (set place and time for eating and bathroom) will be the platform the latter part of the training will stand on.

Lastly, don’t get frustrated. Over time your pet will learn—especially if you’re diligent in your commitment and research the best techniques for your specific pet. Potty training your dog is the first step in enforcing discipline with him, not to mention protecting your precious home from all of those accidents. Check out our many blog articles for more puppy house training tips!