Here are some suggestions to make this important training period a success. Buy a crate and during the first few weeks, keep your puppy in the crate whenever you are not playing, holding, or watching him explore his new surroundings. Spend as much time as you can with your pet, but when you can’t watch him, crating him can prevent mistakes from occurring. In addition to providing the safe, secure refuge your dog needs and wants, crates are critical to house training because as den animals, dogs are naturally inclined to not soil their bed. The most important thing house training dogs learn in a crate is that they can control their urge to eliminate until the proper time and situation. Establish a schedule and don’t deviate from it. The “when” and “how” you house train needs to be consistent so make sure all family members follow the same guidelines. Pick a soiling spot in your yard and take your pup there on a lead when it is time to eliminate. The odor from previous visits to this spot will stimulate the urge to defecate and/or urinate. Many new owners confuse their pup by using different words for the same command. In the housebreaking process, it is a good idea to use the same word like “You need to go out” every time you take the puppy out to eliminate. Consistent use of the word with an activity will help to build a level of communication between you and your pup. Later, while you are watching television and notice your pup staring at you, you can say the word” Need to go out” and your pup will go to the door. Be patient.