Housetraining basics - where should your puppy sleep at night

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Where should your puppy sleep at night when you are housetraining? Should you keep things in the crate?

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Housetraining basics - teach your puppy where to go

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Understand the basics of motivation and how to teach your puppy to go potty in the correct location. 

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Housetraining - what to do if there are accidents

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Learn what to do if there are accidents during housetraining and how to fill out the free Housetraining Chart. 
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Puppy housetraining troubleshooting tips

Housetraining a dog can be a very frustrating experience. Especially if you had a dog in the past that was unusually easy to housetrain, your current dog might seem "flawed" or you might be at your wits end. Here are some general tips to keep in mind and some ideas to try if you are frustrated with your puppy.

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Puppy training tip - use the leash inside

One of the most effective ways to prevent bad puppy behaviors from happening and help with overall training strategies is to have your puppy wear a leash inside and trail it behind him wherever he goes. You should always either watch your puppy or manage his behavior by putting him safely in a crate or other puppy-proofed area. If you are feeling guilty about using the crate, read this post about getting over the guilt of crate training.

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Five great things that happen (eventually) with puppies

Puppies are incredibly challenging. There is no doubt about this, but life with a puppy gets easier as long as you manage their environment to lessen mistakes and inappropriate behaviors as well as provide enough physical exercise and training. My job as a professional dog trainer involves many roles including teacher, cheerleader (you CAN housetrain your puppy!!), as well as sounding board for problems and troubleshooting.

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Housetraining tips - what not to do

It still amazes me the frequency I hear people talk about pushing their puppy's face in an accident to teach her housetraining. This is a sure way to greatly increase your puppy's anxiety and potentially teach your dog not to go potty in front of you at all for fear of punishment.

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