Puppy House Training
by Rachel Johnson
Little puppy, house training is a must!
If you’ve got a new puppy, house training is one of the biggest things on your mind! Learning where to go potty is one of the biggest struggles that a puppy and his owner will have. A puppy is so new to the world that everything is worth checking out, rules are something that aren’t understood, and life is just a big party. Then, you start getting mad. Maybe even yelling. For your puppy, house training is stressful.
Consistency is key for puppy house training to be successful. You’ll want to set the standard, teach the standard, reward or reprimand for his attempts, and set up consequences. It sounds complicated, but really, it isn’t. Actually, the simpler you make it for your puppy, the easier it will be.
A lot of people buy house training pads for their puppy. House training is about teaching the dog not to go in the house, so these pads may actually confuse your pup. Simply taking your puppy outside every thirty minutes or so to relieve himself will show him where he is supposed to go. Take him out to the same place in the yard each time. If he goes, show him affection and play with him. It’s even ok to give a treat every now and then. If he doesn’t go, that’s ok. He’ll understand after a few times why you’ve taken him out.
If he does go in the house and you catch him right away, you need to firmly tell the dog that what he’s done is bad. Then, take him out to the place where he’s been before and let him spend some time in the area. Sometimes, placing a dog away from the family in a kennel will teach him that you do not like what he has done and he’ll learn that when he does this, he’ll be removed from his owners. Most dogs thrive on human attention and will quickly comply so they are not separated from you. If you have a consistent consequence for your puppy, house training will be much easier for him to master.
A kennel may be a good idea for owners who aren’t around to let the dog out every thirty minutes. Over time, the dog will become attached to the kennel and won’t want to go potty in it. He’ll wait until you are home, and then you should let him outside as soon as the kennel door has been opened. This is called kennel training, and it’s a highly successful technique. The kennel becomes a safe place for the dog to go both when he’s being reprimanded and when he needs some down time.
Continue to take the dog out to the yard until he isn’t having any indoor accidents. For your puppy, house training should take about two weeks. Some dogs take a little bit longer; some are trained in just a couple days. But remember, because he’s still a puppy, house training isn’t his first priority and he may have an accident every now and then. Be patient with your puppy, he thinks the world is his playground!
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