Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure that you lead happy, healthy lives together. When you get a new puppy or adopt a dog from a shelter, there is an adjustment period that you’ll go through that includes house training. Puppies and even some older dogs don’t understand that they should go to the bathroom outside, so it’s your job to use positive reinforcement and consistency to effectively house train them. House training requires vigilance on your part, as your dog could decide to relieve himself any time you’re not paying attention to him. Establish a consistent feeding schedule so that it’s easier to predict when your dog will need to go. Avoid punishing your pup for accidents, and instead focus on rewards for good behavior. Check out this infographic from Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic in San Jose for more tips on house training your pet. Please share with your two-legged friends and family!