Housebreaking a Puppy Doesn’t Have to Be Impossible!
Your reading this because you’re trying to prepare yourself for all the challenges you may face when housebreaking a puppy. Or you might already have puppy who’s having a difficult time being housebroken and you’re at your wit’s end. Well, don’t fret my pet with a stubborn pet! Here is some things as a dog owner should know when it comes to housebreaking a puppy.
Housebreaking a puppy should be among the top on your priority list when you bring your puppy home. Be prepared to clean up dozens of messes before your puppy is fully housebroken. Similar to potty training a child, it will take a lot of time, patience and consistence for success.
Understand that you are dealing with a young animal. Dog’s are people pleasers. It’s true, dogs want to make you happy but sometimes they don’t know HOW to make you happy. For example, if you find “presents” on the floor from your puppy and you show obvious displeasure for it, your poor pup is not going to know why your upset. Yeah, they may understand you didn’t like the “presents” but your puppy isn’t going to connect the elimination process to your displeasure.
I used to have a puppy who would hide her “gifts” behind a shelf that only she could get to. She understood that I didn’t like cleaning up after her poop, so she hid them from me. She never understood it was the act itself that upset me.
In order for your dog to understand that it’s not okay to eliminate inside, you need to catch them in the act. Firmly say “NO” within seconds of the elimination process. Waiting a couple minutes later will not work. When you catch your pup in the act, don’t physically reprimand your dog. The disapproving tone in your voice should be enough for your puppy to understand that eliminating in the house is not okay.
Immediately take your puppy outside and wait for them to finish eliminating. Whenever your puppy eliminates outside, praise your pup during and before the elimination act. This will help your puppy associate the act itself to your pleasure. Treats! Don’t forget to reward with treats!
Also understand that puppies should be taken out several times a day. Take your puppy out after every meal. You should take your puppy out roughly around 5-6 times a day. A puppy cannot hold their bladder that long. As a general rule, for every month your puppy is, they can hold it for an hour. Want to learn more about housebreaking a puppy? Check out How Long Does it Take To Potty Train a Dog.
Anther effective ways to housebreaking a puppy successfully is crate training. Not only is crate training a good housebreaking a puppy tool, it’s a great way to prevent a lot of puppy behavior problems. Keep in mind that crate training should never be a form of punishment. That will defeat the purpose of crate training all together.
Last tip, do not let an a puppy roam the house free, unsupervised while you’re in the middle of housebreaking a puppy. A puppy should not have free reign of the house quite just yet. With time and more training, your dog be able to explore more (with supervision of course).
Housebreaking a puppy will not be easy. Establishing a daily routine off the bat will help a thriving and beautiful relationship between you and your puppy flourish.