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HOUSETRAINING!

Establish a routine as early as possible, with toileting time as soon as the puppy wakes from a nap, immediately after eating and at half hourly intervals. Take the pup to the area of the garden you wish them to use and praise them lavishly when they perform. Feed your pet at regular times, take them outside upon waking, after meals and last thing at night. If your pup is having toilet training problems, take them outside more frequently Ė give them more opportunities to go to the toilet in the right place.

Iggy pups are tiny with tiny bladders!

If an accident occurs inside, make as little fuss as possible but clean the area thoroughly (eucalyptus oil or Lemon has antibacterial properties) to remove any odours that could act as triggers for further accidents. We have found that Bi-Carb works very well on Carpets in powder form then vacuumed up.

Remember that punishment does very little to hasten the training process and usually only serves to make the pup anxious and secretive. Iggy pups get VERY offended with raised voices.

You may have done everything right but your pup has still not cottoned onto housetraining. There are steps you can take to help your pup, but first, itís important to realise that a young pup hasnít fully mastered control of their bowel and bladder muscles, and canít be expected to until approximately 6 months of age.

There are no quick fixes to the toilet training problem, and puppies that donít master this lesson will need extra patience and encouragement from you.

Set your dog up to succeed Ė avoid giving your pet the chance to soil inside the house. Donít be afraid to go overboard with praise every time your pet does something right, but difficult dogs may need something more. Reward your pet for appropriate elimination with by playing or going on a walk. A treat wonít go astray.

Be consistent, and make sure the rest of the household is as well.

Occasionally, a nervous pup may be uncomfortable going to the toilet outside of the home where they feel so secure. These pups need lots of encouragement and praise.

Change can throw a young dog off the toilet training routine. So can anxiety or excitement in the home. Young Dogs are very sensitive to whatís going on them around Ė and are usually far more aware of our body language than we are of theirs. Even a positive event like a new baby, a houseguest, or the arrival of a new pet, can upset your petís routine and affect housetraining efforts.

Best of all is if puppy sleeps in your bed however you must be prepared to take pup out to toilet during the night. (small bladders donít last all night.)



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