Dogs, especially puppies, should be taught where the right place is for relief when they come to you. Unfortunately, just like babies, they do not come house-trained already. This will be your pleasant task. Here are a few tips to help you make your potty training smoother.
We’ve all heard horrible stories about the dangers of breaking in a puppy. Sure, you’ll get frustrated now and then, but do your best to make sure it doesn’t interfere with your primary goal – keeping your puppy from pooping and peeing all over the house. When it comes to being consistent, many dog owners have problems doing this.
What exactly does that mean? Well, when you take your puppy outside to do his business, go the same way, use the same commands and praise him when he goes off and when he’s done. Some owners like to stand indoors, especially when it’s raining or very cold. The problem with this method is that a puppy may associate going to the toilet with being left alone outside. This can lead to stinky “presents” all over the house. Your dog will go to the toilet either in his crate or elsewhere so he doesn’t have to go outside.
Experts will give you a little formula on how to house-train your puppy. The number of hours a puppy should be able to go without going to the toilet is equal to his age (in months) plus one. A three month old puppy should be able to last four hours at a time.
Take the puppy outside to use the bathroom: when he wakes up, about every hour during the day and at night. Keep him on a leash so you don’t have to chase him if he gets distracted by any outdoor activities. Choose a command word that means: “It’s time to go to the bathroom”. When the puppy chooses his place, use this command in a soft voice until he starts to urinate. Some dogs will poop afterwards, so repeat the command until he has finished. Then praise him for his great work.
There will be accidents, but use it as a teaching tool to teach the puppy what not to do. Catch him in the act if you can. Disciplining a puppy when you find his “package” will confuse him. They’ll think they’re in trouble for what they’re doing, instead of doing something they did twenty minutes ago.
If you catch the puppy in the act, your voice command will usually stop him in the middle. If you catch him urinating, avoid a major mess. Pick him up and take him to the toilet. Use the toilet command to hopefully get him to finish his business. Then praise him as usual.
A break-in can be both rewarding and nerve-wracking. But once your puppy gets the hang of it, you can breathe a little easier.