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Housebreaking A Puppy – How To Potty Train A Puppy

The key to successfully housebreaking a puppy is patience, consistency, and knowledge. Here are a few tips about how to potty train a puppy. First off there is no need to yell at, punish, or otherwise mistreat your puppy for accidents. Watch this video for more on that.

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House breaking a puppy does not have to be an ordeal if you know what to expect. Don’t forget that potty training your puppy can take up to 6 months. This is where patience comes in, and the older your pup gets the more he will be able to control his bladder and bowels.

Six Rules for Housebreaking A Puppy

  • Do not yell at or hit a puppy for any reason. It is not necessary – ever!
  • Never punish the pup for house training “mistakes” – they will not understand.
  • Learn how often after feeding your pup needs to  ‘go’, it varies with each individual.
  • Put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule.
  • Establish a toilet area and give your puppy frequent access to it.
  • Reward the pup with a treat and praise for going in the right place.
  • Learn how often after feeding your puppy needs to ‘go’, it varies from pup to pup.

How Often Does Your Puppy Need to Go Out

Puppy sniffing around in the backyard looking for the right spotSince a pup is growing and developing rapidly they eat more food, burn it up quick, and constantly need to eliminate! After eating puppies will often need to go almost immediately so  take them straight outside after feeding.

With a puppy what goes in quickly comes out, so you must be vigilant and ready. Take them outside as soon as they wake up too. A  puppy’s bladder is very small and they do not have a lot of control yet.

When a puppy needs to go they will go but all puppies are different so be observant and get to know your own so you can anticipate. Even after they go keep in mind that sometimes it is only 30-45 minutes or so before they may need to go again.

Setting Your Pup Up For Housebreaking Success

Set your pup up for success by giving him or her every opportunity to go outside. Doing so you will prevent many mistakes. At the same time you will train a strong preference in your pup to eliminate in your chosen spot. If they are ready to go you should even pick your pup up and carry them to the spot.

Yes this is a little work but doing it this way cuts down on mistakes and helps them to get used to the idea of going in a certain place quicker. Better to do this too often than too late and being left with a mess, at least until the pup is about 3 months old and has had enough time to develop some bladder and bowel control.

Giving Your Puppy Every Opportunity To Go Outside

  • Immediately when your puppy wakes up (morning, noon or night).
  • Immediately after they finish eating.
  • After taking a big drink of water.
  • After some energetic play.
  • When you think they might have to go or about every 45 minutes.
  • When your puppy is standing at the door to the outside.

Regular Feedings Will Housetrain A Puppy Faster

puppy eating from bowlIt’s very important to put your puppy on a regular and timely feeding schedule what goes in on a regular schedule will come out on a regular schedule. Some poop immediately after eating while others it may be 30 minutes to an hour after eating.

Stick to a feeding schedule and do not leave food out all the time. There are two big benefits for doing this. One your pup’s elimination schedule will become completely random if they are not on a schedule. Two, your pet will not start to associate you as the provider of his or her food if not on a schedule.

This is a very important part of training a puppy that should not be skipped. It is also very important to always leave water out for your puppy. Check the water bowl frequently to note how much water your pup is drinking and to make sure the water bowl is full.

Potty training A Puppy – The Den Instinct

A dog learns to go outside and not in his house or home (his den). Your pup needs to develop his natural “den instinct” and learn where it can eliminate – and where not to. To house train your puppy you need to condition a desire in the pup to avoid soiling his “den”.

Puppies need time to developed a “den” instinct. Remember when they have to go – they go, so your due diligence in providing access to the outside ‘spot’ will develop this instinct and eventual desire to always use it.

Patience And Consistency

The best way to potty train a puppy is to show them where you want them to go.  The way to do this is to be consistent and always take them out when they need to go and then praise them and give them a treat for going in the right place.

Be patient and don’t get frustrated if house training is not progressing as fast as you would like! He or she will eventually get it. You may be amazed at how quickly they will learn. But what about the times you can not be at home?

Paper Training A Puppy

Housebreaking a puppy with pee-padsSometimes you can not be at home. Puppy proof a room or an enclosed area. Put down papers or ‘pee pads’  covering the entire floor. Put the dog bed, toys and food/water bowls there. Young puppies will go any where at any time so cover the floor.

Be prepared as they will also be likely to play with the papers, chew them up, and drag them all around and over the floor. Don’t get upset and just accept it as life with a young puppy. Most puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Just clean up the mess and lay down fresh papers without making a fuss.

As time goes on your pet will start to show a preferred place to go. When this place is well established and the rest of the papers remain clean all day, then gradually reduce the papered area.

Once your puppy is reliably going only on the papers you’ve left, then you can slowly and gradually move his papers. Move the papers a little bit each day until you get to the location of your choice. There will always be minor set-backs but if you stick with it your puppy will soon be paper trained.

Puppy Potty Training Accidents

It usually takes a few months to completely house train a puppy. This means that the  possibilities of a mistake is always there even if you seem to be making tremendous progress. Things like this will happen so don’t make a fuss about it and stick with the house breaking techniques that you are using to train your puppy.

What to do if you catch your puppy in the act of peeing. Move quickly towards him or her, you just want to startle the pup a little as you move towards them so they stop and you can bring them outside to the potty area.

You don’t need to frighten or yell at your pup. You just want to redirect your puppy to the right spot. There is no need for discipline they are just doing what is natural, simply pick the pup up and go to  the potty area and let them finish their business.

If the pup is pooping… you are going to have to let them finish. Puppies are not able to shut it off like they can shut off a pee. More likely than not, you’ll just create a bigger mess by trying to interrupt a poop anyway. Don’t make a big deal about cleaning up after your puppy when an accident occurs, just clean up and forget about it.

You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is sensitive and this will not help your efforts and will confuse your poor pup and make things even more difficult. They may even learn to do it out of sight somewhere you really don’t want them to.

How Long It Will Take To Toilet Train My Puppy

Some puppies learn where and where not to eliminate quite quickly, while others take longer. Housebreaking a puppy can be reasonably finished in four to six months of age. However, some puppies are not 100% reliable until they are eight to twelve months of age  and there can still be the occasional accident.

This is normal. Be patient and keep in mind that it may take a while for your puppy to develop bowel and bladder control. They may be mentally capable but not yet physically capable of controlling themselves.

More Puppy Training Tricks, Tips, And Techniques

Every puppy presents different challenges, but there are common behaviors you can learn that will speed up the puppy house breaking process. Above all don’t rush it. Your puppy will do this on his own time table and problems can develop if training is rushed.

There are lots more puppy toilet training tips and tricks that you can learn to assist you that go beyond the basics that are are presented here. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer video website for more advice on how to deal with any new puppy issues.

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