Until your puppy starts to eliminate, you won't say a word. Some of you may be thinking: "What does it change if I talk to my dog?" First, you don't want him to get distracted. You brought him out for one purpose: eliminating.

Second, you don't want to make one of the most common mistakes new owners make: If you were "thinking" like a dog, in other words associate an action with a consequence, here's the conclusion you would arrive at: when we go out I get all the attention, but the minute I relieve myself, no more attention and back in the house. Dogs are smart, you know. They like the outdoors and would much prefer staying outside then going back in the house. The final result would be a dog that holds it as long as he can so he can stay outside longer.

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