How to house train puppies is one of the main concerns of anyone getting a new puppy, especially if it’s your first puppy. No one wants a smelly poo or wee on their floor!
House training, like all other types of puppy training, involves lots of positive reinforcement. Learn how to deal with accidents appropriately. Never hit your dog or make a big deal of it, if puppy doesn’t catch on quickly or has an accident when he has been doing well.
Toy poodles are relatively easy to train as they really like to please their owners. Other breeds are a lot more difficult to housebreak. However, patience and persistence are still required to house train your puppy effectively.
Basics of House Training
It is important for your puppy to have an established routine and for you to be consistent in your expectations of him or her. An easy way to look at routine, is that, any time there is a break during the day or a change of direction in your dog’s day, take puppy to the puppy pad. Now where you place puppy pad is up to you but close to where they spend rest time is good to start with and close to where they will eat. A puppy cannot hold on until they can make it to another room or the garden.
You will need to choose a word like “Business”(I just used wee wee) to give your puppy the command once you place them on the puppy pad.
The keys to your success are:
When your puppy gets up, take him to the puppy pad.
Feed your puppy on a regular schedule which will eventually be twice a day. After they eat or drink anything, take them to the puppy pad.
After your puppy plays or exercises, take them to the puppy pad.
Withhold water for two to four hours before your puppy goes to bed.
Just prior to going to bed, take them to the puppy pad.
WHEN PUPPY DOES THEIR BUSINESS ON THE PUPPY PAD GIVE LOTS OF PRAISE
You can slowly move the puppy pad further away and towards the door to the garden. And then eventually their business will be done in the garden itself. Do not do what I did! I was so pleased with Ralph the first time he went outside I gave him a treat …. then he thought he should have a treat ever time he wee,d in the garden. I had to do a bit of adjustment training on that one.
Or you could just buy one of these? Yes you can buy them!
But really if you are struggling after a period of time, you may want to understand other methods of house training and when to use which method. One method may fit your puppy and your lifestyle better than others. You can find out more here.House Training a Puppy
First make sure they do not have any health problems. Then try to understand when they have accidents – 30 minutes after eating, while they are playing, right after they get up , when greeting people, etc.
Does your puppy only mess when you leave them alone? Do they only do it in a certain room of the house? Does he mark your furniture? Learn what causes these behaviors and how to work with your puppy or adult dog to solve the problem.
If you work and must leave your puppy at home for long hours, you may need to learn how to effectively crate train your puppy so that they always do their business in the appropriate place. The crate will need to be big enough to accommodate a sleeping, eating and toilet place. As puppy gets older around 6 months then they will easily be able to wait for 8 to 10 hours before going. As long as they are walked or let out before and after you leave or get home they should be fine. If not then getting someone to pop in at lunchtime should be sufficient.
I hope you have found this post useful if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I am always happy to receive your photographs for my doggie rogues gallery. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen & Ralph