Monday, February 1, 2010

Housebreaking Advice - Part I

Puppies of all shapes and sizes are fun, loving and just great pets. It's so exciting when you add a new pet to your family. They love to play, lick your face and make us laugh. What's not to love? Well... no one loves cleaning up after them. I guess you have to take the good with the bad!

So, learning how to housebreak your dog is so important. The faster you are able to do it the faster your relationship will grow and you can enjoy your pet to the fullest. But, before you begin with any type of training, the most important information you need to know will be - Is My Puppy READY?

What I mean is simply, "can my dog hold his urine for approximately 8 hours?" Just like a baby, you bring a child home from the hospital, but you don't start potty training a child until he/she is at least 2 or 3 years old. Dog are the same. They cannot be housebroken on day one. Dogs of all breeds, including large breeds also need have their puppy bodies mature enough so that their bladder can hold its pee for hours at a time. That is why it doesn't make sense to try and start training an animal until his or her body is physically ready. You will have much more success if you start your housebreaking training once you get the all clear from your Veterinarian who will tell you when your puppy is physically ready to start.

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