puppyHousebreaking a new pet can be difficult.

by Dr. Fernyhough

Especially if new pet parents don’t have the flexibility to rush home during the day and immediately after work to effectively eliminate accidents,” says veterinarian Melinda Fernyhough, D.V.M. “When leaving your pet home alone, it’s important to have confidence in a training pad, it will keep your house clean and your new pet comfortable.”

To help new pet owners successfully conquer housebreaking, Dr. Fernyhough is offering the “3-C’s” every new pet parent should know:

Containment: When introducing a puppy to a new home, make sure to keep him in a small area with a training pad. By creating this small space, pets will learn the places they are allowed to go without having access to places they are not.  In addition, animals usually don’t urinate and defecate where they sleep, so they will be more conscious about doing so in smaller places.

Consistency: Follow a consistent schedule seven days a week through puppyhood to create a routine for your new pet.  This can be difficult for new pet parents with varying or busy schedules, but planning ahead helps you stay on schedule and provide your pet with repetitive training.

Cues: Be alert of your pet’s behavior. While it may take a while for you to learn your pet’s ways and for them to you learn yours, often your pet will tell you when it is time for them to eliminate.  Some animals will sit by the door, scratch at the door or begin sniffing around the house, so take notice of what your dog is trying to tell you so that you are alert and can counteract any bad behaviors before they happen.

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