Just like a human baby, dog babies also need a lot of love, care, and dedicated fostering. If you are getting a new puppy home, gather all your patience and love. Training puppies to adjust in a new setting, helping them adjust without their mother or brothers and sisters from the litter, are just some of the problems you are going to face. The real challenge, which every dog parent fears, is house training your puppy for pee and poop. It can be a long or a short process, where your consistency and patience shall impact the outcome.
Read on to know how you can house train a puppy in only a few weeks and create a decorum for the house.
What are some important things to remember when you house train a puppy?
- House train a puppy by establishing a meal schedule and sticking to it.
- Start their mornings with a small trip outside for pooping. Keep taking them out about every hour, after meals or naps, and finally before going to bed.
- Dedicate one spot for puppies to pee and poop. Gradually, they will associate the smell and the place for eliminating.
- Reward your puppy with a treat, an additional walk, or a toy whenever he poops outside.
Why is a schedule or a consistent Routine needed?
Dogs love routines. It does not only help them understand what is going to be next for them, but also enable them to spend their mental and physical energies in a proper and consistent way. With a set routine, puppies can gradually understand that they will have their meals, playground visits, and time to answer nature’s call, all at defined times
Dog behaviorists and vets often recommend defining a space for eliminating their waste, and confining them in that space for this business. This space can be a crate, a separate room, or even a leash control.
Why to keep a constant eye on your puppy while under house training?
Just like babies, again, a constant supervision of your little furry friends is needed. It is because they can get into trouble with their mischief. Also, a vigil on them will allow you, their parents, to understand their signs and body gestures for their different needs. A restless puppy who is sniffing vigorously, squatting, and circling around, is showing signs that he needs to eliminate. For the initial training purposes of puppies and in cases like these, it is advisable that you keep them on a long leash so that you are ready and quick to help them go out when they show these signs. Remember to reward them each time they give a sign and eliminate at a given spot or outside the home.
In case you are not available for constant supervision when you house train a puppy, it is a good idea to restrict their movements only limiting to a small space. It should be big enough for them to stand or turn around, but not big enough for them to pick a spot for eliminating. People often use gates for these situations. More so, training your puppies for spending time in their crates will be highly advantageous. Though there are several concepts around the use of crates for dogs stating it as a cruel idea, its benefits are immense for both the puppy and you.
How crates help in house training of a puppy?
Using crates for your puppies for their house training comes with certain rules. Dogs descend from canines, who have preferred living in closed spaces like dens. This does not make training your puppies for crates too difficult. They can be conditioned to retire to a crate while traveling or when house training is still underway.
As a general rule as mentioned previously, it is important that the size of the crate is just right for the puppy to stand, sit, roll, or turn around. It should not be so big so that there is an underutilized corner that can be used by the puppy as the eliminating spot.
Even if you have put the puppy inside a crate, you cannot afford to miss those signs. If the puppy in the crate starts to scratch or whine, it is a good sign to quickly take them for a washroom break. Miss the signs and you will have a stinky surprise waiting for you in the crate. Once the puppy feels that it is okay to eliminate in the living space, that is the crate, he will also feel alright about the house too.
While training your puppy for getting friendly with crates, you will have to ensure that it is never used as a punishment for a naughty deed or for an accident. Always use positive re-enforcement as a training method, where negative reactions are completely eliminated (or ignored) in your behavior.
What to do if your puppy has ‘accidents’?
Again, babies and puppies have colossal similarities. Oops moments or accidents are bound to happen when you are house training a puppy. However, your reactions in such times will steer the wheel to the direction of success or failure.
When you see your puppy eliminating at an undesired spot, immediately interrupt them. You can startle them with a catchy sound or loudly instruct to go out. At the same time, take them outside or to their designated spot. Once finished at the desired spot, keep a reward ready.
If you find a soiled spot in the house, do not fret over it. They are still learning and just had an accident. Clean the area thoroughly so that all the smell of the excretion is gone. If the place still has some smell from the previous accident, puppies are more likely to eliminate again at the same spot.
In any case, do not scold or punish the puppy for having an accident. Chances are more that scolding will make them think that eliminating when you are around in the house is not good, but is okay when you are gone. Or, the puppy might just get too afraid of you. You do not want to establish such a bond with your puppy.
Try to keep these accident minimum so that the puppy does not start thinking that eliminating in the house is probably fine. Make use of the confinement methods and keep a constant check for the signs so that the puppy house training is a success in like no time.
‘How to Housetrain your Dog or Puppy,’ www.humanesociety.org
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