12-20-2011 04:37 PM CET - Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

How to House-train Your Puppy

Press release from: Rolf C. Hagen (UK) Ltd.
PR Agency: The Words Workshop
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Everyone loves a new puppy but training him to do the things he has to do outside rather than on the living room carpet can be something of a challenge. Here pet product manufacturer Rolf C. Hagen offers some helpful advice to make the process easier for both you and your pet.

Dogs learn best by repetition so it’s important to get him into a routine. First decide where you want him to go and make sure you take him to that same spot every few hours especially after eating, drinking and immediately after he wakes up.

Remember that very young puppies can only hold their bladders for 2 to 3 hours - including during the night. Be sure to praise your puppy when he performs in the right place and resist the temptation to scold him when he makes a mistake. Dogs respond well to praise but will not understand if you lose your temper or rub his nose in it, all that will do is to encourage him to do it out of sight, like behind the settee. One way of encouraging your puppy to return to the right place is to use a training aid such as Hagen’s Dogit training mats. These are scented to attract your puppy and at the same time reduce odours, they’re also useful when travelling or staying in hotels.

If you take him to his training mat or special place outdoors after he eats or drinks he will develop the habit and eventually become accustomed to where and when to go.

It’s important not to let your puppy turn house-training into a game; a trip to his toilet area shouldn’t be an opportunity to go wild in the garden. If after visiting the area he decides not to perform take him back in doors immediately and try again later. Keep a careful eye on him to make sure he doesn’t wander off into another room or go behind the furniture.

When the inevitable accident does happen clean up as soon as possible and spray the area with a pet deodoriser such as Hagen’s Dogit BUST-IT stain and odour remover, this will get rid of unpleasant smells and stop your puppy being attracted to the same area again. A dog’s sense of smell is many times better than our own and conventional cleaners will not remove the residual scents that are still detectable by your dog’s highly sensitive nose.

If your puppy continues to have accidents it’s probably because he does not really understand what is expected of him. Try going back to the beginning and show him what you want him to do. Don’t get cross; just persevere until he gets it right.

Even when house-trained some dogs have little accidents when greeting visitors; every time they get excited a little puddle appears on the floor. Again it’s no good shouting or chastising the dog; that will only make things worse. Try to keep things calm and if possible warn your guests about the problem before they arrive. Greeting your friends outside the house rather than in the hall is another option, but in any event keep things low key and avoid getting your dog too excited.

Finally, in rare cases medical problems can cause a form of incontinence in young dogs, so if your puppy is continually having accidents despite your house-training efforts it may be worth taking him to the vets for a check-up.

Rolf C. Hagen is the largest independently owned pet supplies company in the world manufacturing a vast range of products for almost every kind of pet.

Further editorial information:
David Jordan
The Words Workshop Ltd
26 Swanwick Lane
Milton Keynes
MK10 9LD

Tel: +44 (0) 1908 695500
Fax: +44 (0)1908 690099

Business enquiries:
Rolf C. Hagen (UK) Ltd
California Drive
Whitwood Industrial Estate
West Yorkshire
WF10 5QH
Tel: +44 (1977) 55 66 22
Fax: +44 (1977) 51 34 65

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