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Housebreaking Your New Feathers And Fleece Sheepadoodle Puppy
Sheepadoodle puppies are eager to please,making potty training a breeze.

Each housebreaking success varies with the individual. It can vary depending on how long it takes
and how well your puppy will respond.
The best time to begin housebreaking is when the puppy reaches 7 and a half to 8 and a half weeks old.
By this time, you will be able to teach your puppy where to eliminate before he finds his own spot.
Don't worry if your puppy doesn't get housebroken until later on.
They will still learn.
Be sure to take your puppy outside 6-8 times a day.
Choose an appropriate spot beforehand so that you can immediately go there when taking him outside.
Take him immediately after waking up, play sessions, and 15-30 after meals.
It will not take long for you to pick up on how long after he's finished eating must he go outside.
By taking your pup to the same spot every day, he will begin to associate this spot with elimination,
thanks to your repetitive exercises.
It is not uncommon for it to take a puppy a while to decide that he needs to go,
in which he may spend a lot of that time smelling the ground or walking in circles.
It is essential that you stay with him during this time so that he may be rewarded after doing his "duty."
Problems can result if you are unsure that the puppy has indeed eliminated
and let him inside before he has done so.
Remember that the puppy's focus is important here so this is not the time to play with him or let him wander.

Sheepadoodle puppy from Feathers & Fleece Farm

It is a good idea to use a key phrase while your puppy eliminates.
By using this phrase, he will associate eliminating to your words, which he should then respond.
Once he eliminates outdoors, be sure to praise extensively for that is the wanted behavior.
This reward will reinforce the positive behavior.
The praise must come right away so that there is no confusion of what the good act was.
If the puppy's focus shifts before you reward him, the reward will not be associated with the right thing.
When the pup is indoors, you must be able to observe him and learn the signals that he is looking for a place to relieve himself.
If the puppy starts to do so indoors, give a command that will startle him momentarily and rush him outside to his spot.
When you are unable to supervise, keep him in his crate.
Keep in mind that the puppy only needs enough room in the crate to lie down, stand up, and turn around.
Any more space will give him opportunity to find a place to eliminate inside the crate, which we do not want.
Not enough room could cause stress, which could lead to accidental elimination.
Remember that he is a puppy and can only hold it for a few hours.
If your puppy has an accident and you do not catch him, do not punish or try to make a correction.
The puppy will have no idea what the correction is about, or worse, may associate the correction with coming in
to the area as opposed to being corrected for something he did.
If the puppy thinks the correction is for your coming into the room, the puppy may learn to fear you.
Keep a feeding schedule for your puppy, rather than simply filling up the bowls when they are empty.
This will help with maintaining an eliminating schedule.
If the puppy does have an accident, it is important to thoroughly clean the soiled area.
You can purchase products that work well in eliminating odor.
By doing so, the puppy is less likely to want to use the same spot.
Each pup is different in it's response to house training.
Consistency is a critical factor in obtaining the desired result.

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