This Is The Best Way To Housebreak Your Puppy

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Teaching a puppy to do her business outside — rather than on the living room carpet — requires patience, organization and consistency. While many of us struggle to apply these principles to our own lives, they are essential when training a new puppy.

Pet owners who are wondering how to balance housebreaking a puppy with maintaining their sanity need not fear. Potty training a pupper may seem overwhelming at first, but can be a vital part of bonding with your new best friend. Working with your puppy on using the bathroom properly may even have the unexpected benefit of reinforcing your own time management skills (that’s right, the puppy is training you, too!).

So how soon should you start? Once a puppy arrives at her forever home, pet owners should hit the ground running, recommends Shelby Semel, senior trainer and founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training. “Housetraining should start right away! The sooner the better,” Semel tells The Dodo. “Good habits should be formed early on.”

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