Many have come to think that housetraining a puppy is essentially bringing around a stack of old newspapers. But contrary to such a limited view, what is also known as housebreaking calls for tons of patience, vigilance, and loyalty likewise to your dog. By following the procedures outlined below, you can minimize house soiling incidents, but virtually every puppy will have an accident in the house, and more likely, several. But this is hardly a surprise since it is all part of raising a puppy. Remember that more consistency in following the basic housetraining procedures mean faster learning of good habits by your dog
Establish A Routine
1) Puppies, just like babies, learn lessons and dog house training in particular when they train according to a regular schedule. In this regard, you will need to take out your puppy often, such as every two hours, or whenever he wakes up, or finishes playing, eating or drinking.
2) Train the puppy to make use of a bathroom spot instead of soiling the house. One way to implement this goal is to choose a spot near the door, and let it be the dog’s bathroom spot. Then bring the soiled rags or paper towels from a recent accident to the bathroom spot. Dogs prefer to eliminate on a spot which contains a scent of their waste. So the smell will help label that spot for your puppy.
3) Lavish praise on your dog, or give a treat each time he eliminates outdoors. Some dog experts even advocate acting like crazy before the dog, so that it is impressed on him that he did well eliminating there. But this positive reinforcement needs to be performed the moment the dog is done eliminating. Giving the reward on time is vital, since by rewarding your dog for eliminating outdoors, he will realize that this is an appropriate behavior.
4) Try feeding the dog on a regular, scheduled basis. Puppies may need to eat around three to four times a day, but it still depends on their age. Feeding your dog on time each day will make it more possible for the dog to eliminate on time as well.
In any case, expect your puppy to get away with at least one accident in the house. It may be a bit of a disappointment, but this is very much part of housetraining.
1) It will happen that you will catch the dog eliminating nowhere near the agreed upon spot. What’s to be done? Do something that will interrupt him, like a noise that is meant to startle, but not frighten. Then get the dog to go with you to the bathroom spot, where he will be praised and rewarded if he behaves as you command.
2) Don’t blow your top in case the puppy eliminates in the house. Moreover, If you find a soiled area with the dog nowhere to be found, there is no way that a correction or a short but loud rant can help. The best thing to do with regard to the dog is to leave it alone, since the point is that animals can’t comprehend punishment after the fact, even if it happens seconds after. It is in this instant that punishment actually harms, instead of being good.
3) Lastly, as soon as you spot the dirt, clean up the soiled area and remove all odors. This way, the dog is not motivated to go back to that spot which contains the scent of his urine or poo.
Using the supervision and confinement steps of these housebreaking tips explained above will help to bring down the dog’s accidents and errors. However, if the puppy is allowed to eliminate just about anywhere in the house, he’ll get his housetraining mixed up!