PUPPY LOVE: Volunteer puppy raiser offers tips on housebreaking Fido

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 02:15 PM.

Housebreaking your pup

Training your new puppy correctly is "work-intensive" but ultimately rewarding, Birdsell said.

For instance, monitor the puppy throughout the day rather than leaving it to fend for itself while you're at school or work, she said.

Provide constant positive reinforcement and give your puppy his own place to snuggle — Birdsell recommends a kennel, or crate.

"The whole idea of crate training is that it replicates the den where the puppy was born," she said. "In its early stages of growth, before the puppy can see or walk, they spend a lot of time next to Mom. When they eliminate (have a bowel movement), she cleans them.

"As they grow and start to explore their surroundings, they will remove themselves as far as possible from Mom because they will not poop and pee where they sleep."

Simulating the den to foster instinctive behavior is a key to helping the pup establish its special potty place.

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