Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, but it does come with its challenges. Often the highest priority is housebreaking, a process that requires a significant amount of time, dedication and consistency. To help ensure that housebreaking is successful, bring your puppy outside frequently, reward positive behaviour and keep a consistent feeding schedule.

First, be aware that there could be a few accidents in the house — it’s to be expected. To help minimize the amount of cleaning you’ll have to do inside, it’s important to take your puppy outside every two hours for a chance to relieve itself.

Rewards after a successful potty break can help reinforce good behaviour and can help speed up the training process. Remember to take some treats with you outside so you can provide an instant reward. If there’s too long a gap between the behaviour and reward, your puppy might not make the connection.

One of the most important housebreaking tips is to keep a consistent feeding schedule. If you always feed your puppy at the same time, it’ll be easier to estimate when it has to go out. Also, it’s a good idea to remove the water bowl two hours before bedtime to give your puppy a chance to sleep the whole night without having to go out.

Housebreaking a puppy is a big step in welcoming your new furry friend into your life, but make sure you have the proper protection to help your pet through all its milestones. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is happy to offer coverage for your new puppy through Petline Insurance — Canada’s largest pet insurance company. It’s easy to apply and coverage is affordable, with plans starting as low as $16.83 a month.1 Additionally, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points that you can spend in store or online.2

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1 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2018, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by breed and where you live. Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance.

2 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.