How to House Train a Puppy
Bringing home a new puppy is a joy, but cleaning up their mess is one of the less enjoyable aspects of puppy ownership. So let’s learn how to house train a puppy. Dogs have an innate instinct to avoid soiling their den, so even a three week old puppy will move away from their bedding area when they feel the urge to urinate. As an owner, the quickest way to housebreak your puppy is to teach them that the house is their den,
How quickly a puppy learns to avoid urinating in the house will depend on factors such as the dog’s age, breed, and awareness of their bodily functions. It is not unlike training a toddler. You can make the process much quicker by being vigilant and consistent with the training.
Take Your Puppy Outside Every Hour
A young puppy of around eight to twelve weeks old should be taken outside every hour. This will give them plenty of opportunity to urinate or defecate if they need to. It may take them a little while to settle, as there will be plenty to sniff and explore. However, it is important that you do not pressure him to go. Keep a close eye on him and lavish him with praise if he does go to the toilet. If nothing has happened after five minutes, it is okay to take him back into the house.
Although it can be tempting to leave your puppy and go back inside, this can be very detrimental to the training. A new puppy does not like to be separated from their owner, and will be more concerned with what you are doing rather than exploring the outside world. There is also a greater likelihood that you will miss the opportune moment to praise your dog. Instead, stay with him and wrap up warmly if you need to.
In addition to regular toilet breaks, it is essential that you stay vigilant so that you can spot the telltale signs that he needs to be taken outside. These signs might include sniffing, circling or squatting. Guide him to the door rather than carrying him outside, as you want him to associate the urge to urinate with the action of moving to the door.
How Long Does House training a Puppy Take?
For the first few weeks, it is inevitable that your puppy will have a few accidents. Do not scold your dog if you see him urinating on the floor, as making him nervous will just encourage him to be stealthier about where he messes in the house. Instead, you should distract him and call him enthusiastically to the door. In many instances, this will be enough to interrupt the flow so that he finishes what he started outside. House training a puppy can take from 2 to 6 months before they are fully clean, this will vary from puppy to puppy and of course depend on how consistent you are with the training.
Of course, it is impractical to watch your puppy at all times. If you cannot watch your puppy closely, find an area where you can easily confine them (and which is straightforward to clean). Should an accident occur while they are confined, consider it a sign that they need to be taken outside more frequently.
Night time can present a problem
Night time can present a problem for owners, as a young puppy cannot go more than a few hours without going to the toilet. If your dog barks to be let out during the night, it is usually worth responding because you will be rewarded with a dog who is house trained more quickly. However, many owners choose to lay down paper so that their dog can defecate or urinate if necessary.
Give Your New Dog Plenty of Attention
Although house training a young puppy can seem like a daunting task, it is actually a very simple process as long as you are willing to give your new dog plenty of attention. Most dogs catch on quickly and will start showing indications that they need to be taken outside, but keep in mind that it will still take several weeks before it becomes a consistent habit. You should also remember that full bladder control only comes with maturity. So, you should expect your puppy to be up to six months old before they are fully clean and hose trained.
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