So you want a dog? Adding a new puppy to your household can be a wonderful feeling. Who can resist that cute little bundle of lovable furry fun?

But having a puppy isn’t all fun and games! Unfortunately, they don’t come fully trained and the first step to getting your puppy to be a full family member is potty training.

Most anyone who has owned a puppy will tell you that housebreaking or potty training your puppy is the worst task that new dog owners face. In reality, however, if you have a it of patience and persistence, potty training can be a simple and easy task for both you and your dog!

The first thing is that you must realize that puppies are infant dogs, not babie or children. Dogs relate to things differently then people and, therefore the training of a puppy must take it’s own course. Dogs are creatures of Habitual Re-enforcement. If you start training him in the basics early on, you will set the stage for a well trained and obedient companion for their entire life.

The best method of potty training your new puppy is to “catch” him relieving himself. When you do, walk up to him and pick him up – gently but firmly. Tell him “No No” in a firm clear voice and immediately take him outside to the area you want him to use for his “business”. Set him down and hold him firmly for a few minutes. If he still needs to relieve himself, keep him in that spot and pat and praise him when he’s finished. OK! Not so hard, eh?

Of course, it can’t be that easy! It will take many tries before your new puppy starts to get the picture, so when you see him squatting inside again, repeat the process. Make a game out of it and get the whole family involved! Remember, however to never yell at the puppy, just tell him no firmly but kindly and bring him outside to his “area”. When he does finish relieving himself outside, don’t forget to praise him!

Try to “catch” him every time he tries to go inside. Puppies tend to be the center of attention at first, especially with kids, so there is usually someone at hand to scold the puppy in a gentle manner and immediately remove him to the designated site.

This method works best if someone will be around the puppy most of the day. It’s important to catch the puppy in the act. Coming home and finding the mess a couple of hours later and then getting upset and scolding the puppy will only make your job harder and confuse the puppy. What then, you may wonder? Well, a method that has worked for me is to carry the puppy to the offending deposit, gently but firmly placing his nose into the substance and saying firmly “No No or Bad Bad”, you get the drift, and immediately carrying puppy out to the site. This method is not the favored method, but it is effective if done properly.

Never, ever yell at or hit your puppy. Contrary to what some people think this will NOT help you in training him and may do more harm than good.

As with any training, firmness, kindness and persistence will pay off!