“No-Nonsense Easy To Understand Puppy House Training”
House breaking or potty training a puppy can be one of the least enjoyed aspects of owning a puppy. Just like humans, puppies are creatures of habit and thrive on following patterns of behavior. What may not be realised by you is that you are training yourself to follow the pups pattern of toilet going. Like most things in life, once you realise what it is you are doing - you can alter it to suit you - and effectively train the pup to relieve itself on your terms.
There are three vital clues as to when your puppy is most likely to relieve itself. This will happen after the pup eats, wakes up and also after an active play session. You can expect your pup to relieve itself generally 15-30 minutes after it has eaten. But don’t get complacent in taking your pup outside! Their bladder and bowel isn’t subject to emptying at the same time -every time, so be sure that when your pup has finished eating and drinking that you take her outside and wait with her while she empties her bladder and/or bowel. When she does so, make a HUGE fuss over her - praise her for what a good job she did, tell her how good she is. Encouraging the positive action will set clear boundaries of when it is ok to go and when it is not.
Just as puppies love to play they also love - and need - their sleep. Your pup will definitely need to go to the bathroom when he wakes. After waking in the morning or after a long nap, be sure to take your pup outside so he may relieve himself. Again, make sure you a diligent in getting your pup out before he has an accident inside. Also, praise him excessively each time he goes and tell him how good a boy he is. He will start to associate going to the bathroom as a positive experience and will happily co-operate in telling you he needs to go out, so long as you can read the signs. After an active play session, your pup will also need to go. Pups usually sniff the floor excessively, and circle an area prior to going to the bathroom. This is your signal to get him outside.
Crate training is considered an effective tool in house training a pup. A dog will instinctively not soil where he sleeps. Remembering that puppies have small bladders and bowels and asking him to hold overnight for hours on end is unfair and some may deem cruel. A good rule of thumb is that for each month the pup is - that too is the length of time he may hold before having to go to the bathroom. Therefore, a 3 month old pup can hold for 3 hours. Yes, this means that you will need to get up at night for the first month or so, but the benefits will be well worth it and the pups grow out of the overnight need quickly. Just be sure to remove his water bowl an hour before bedtime and you shouldn’t have too many accidents.
There are many internet based courses and guides available for pet owners to help teach potty training and house training. My advice would be to find a guide that is simple to understand and easy to read. It should not cost the pet owner more than $10 -$12 to purchase. There are some wonderful guides and products on the internet to remedy this issue, if you require further help or extra guidance.