House Training Your Puppy? Get the Essentials First?

by on 18/08/10 at 2:11 pm

No doubt about it, the day you bring home your new puppy is certainly a happy one. It’s not unusual for families to celebrate the day as one would a birthday – after all, a new pet is part of the family and should be treated as such. To assume responsibility for what is essentially a baby, too, requires immediate attention to details. House training, of course, is a priority.

If you do plan to bring a puppy into the fold rather than an adult dog, you know to expect the accidents and odor and spills. To head off the worst of it at the pass, though, you can prepare by having the essential dog training items on hand so your puppy’s ability to do his business outdoors is handled with expediency.

So when puppy is home to stay have these four top items on hand:

Pet Guidebook: Puppies don’t come with instructions, and unless you are a seasoned animal trainer you’ll do good to have a guidebook on hand to help through the more frustrating moments. Check your local bookstore or ask a veterinarian or friend with dogs to recommend a good title for you.

Training Pads: Before the puppy is able to relieve himself outside, some indoor training may be necessary. You can buy special training pads that are scented like grass so the puppy will become acclimated to the outdoors. Use the pads to help your pet find one spot to do his business.

Stain and Odor Remover: Accidents are an eventuality, and when they happen be ready to have a good stain remover on hand that cleans up the mess and won’t damage your carpet or floors. Pet stores have in supply special cleaners that take care of pet urine.

Waste Bags: For disposal of training pads and waste, keep waste bags with strong liners available to secure the mess and get it out of the house.

A new puppy is a joy, and when he is house broken the family is certain to enjoy him even more. Be ready with the right tools to raise a happy, healthy pup.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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