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Housebreaking Your Pet

Housebreaking your pet, also often referred to as house training, is essential for the health and well-being of everyone in the home. How you go about housebreaking your pet and how long the process takes depends on a variety of factors, especially the species of animal and the temperaments of everyone involved. As with any kind of training, housebreaking your pet requires patience, consistency, and lots of positive reinforcement.

Like all species of pets, dogs learn best when training is consistent. Identifying cues that your dog needs to eliminate, such as turning in circles or looking for the door, are helpful when housebreaking your pet dog. Confining the dog to a single room or a crate when you are not home helps with housebreaking your pet, since dogs will generally not urinate or defecate near where they sleep or eat. As soon as you get home, and immediately after all meals, bring your dog outside to a specific spot and use a consistent command (such as "Do your business" or "Go now"). Be sure to praise your dog lavishly when he eliminates outside; this is one of the keys to housebreaking your pet. Dogs respond much better to positive reinforcement than punishment or negative reinforcement.

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