Needless to say, you need to get everything right, so that you and your new companion can enjoy many happy years together, which means training your pet to be a good canine citizen. Before you begin on obedience training, however, start with house training.
You may believe that house training will take forever, but the truth is that if you follow these twelve basic steps, you will find the job done fast – probably in only a couple weeks.
- Be Consistent
There’s more than 1 method of house training a puppy. Just be certain whatever approach you choose, you stay with it.
Dogs are happiest when they understand what to expect, and what is expected of them. So set specific times for foods. Then, about half an hour after your puppy has eaten, put him out, and wait until he has done his business.
- Be Watchful
Puppies have to be closely supervised, particularly during house training. You ought to keep your puppy with you, and watch out for signs that he wants to go potty (walking in circles is a tip-off).
- Don’t Request Too Much Too Soon
A puppy isn’t going to have the ability to control his bladder or intestines for very long. In actuality, when you first bring your puppy home (usually at about 8 weeks old ), you can expect he’ll have to go outside every few hours. As he matures, he will have more control.
- Strategy for Regular Trips Outdoors
If you are able to take your puppy outside off, at least for your first couple of days. By doing this, you will dramatically reduce the odds of accidents in the home, and you will also be increasing the amount of opportunities you need to reinforce the notion that you need him to do his business outside.
Don’t hang around outside after the potty break is over – bring the pup inside straight away. You can go back to perform in a few minutes if you prefer, but what you are trying to do is reinforce the notion that the lawn is where he is supposed to feces and urine.
You will have greater success if you choose only one place in the lawn for potty trips (it will make cleanup easier, too). Always lead the pup to a single spot. His nose will inform him that this is the ideal location.
When you take the pup to the spot you have selected, tell him”Go potty,” or another phrase you have chosen. Eventually, he will go to his special spot in the lawn by simply being told, without having to be led.
- Make Great Things Happen
Praise your puppy and give him a treat as soon as you’re back in the home – not while he is doing his business in the lawn. You do not want him to think he is being praised for peeing or pooping; differently, he is not likely to understand why he is not praised when he does it at the house. What you are instructing him is that if he does his business outside, something great will happen when get gets back inside.
- Do Not Feed Before Bed
Two hours before it is time to turn in for the night, take the water dish, and do not provide any treats. This way, the odds of accidents during the night can be decreased.
Just be certain that the crate is not so large that the pup decides that one place is for sleeping, and yet another for removing. Before crating, be sure that he gets a potty trip out into the lawn, and when you get back, take him out again.
- Never Punish
Do not punish your puppy for injuries.
The Last Word
House training a puppy requires a little bit of time and effort, but it has to be done.