Housebreaking is the priority for any new puppy owner. The word ‘breaking’ can be replaced with the word ‘training.’ The phrase ‘training’ reminds you that you and your puppy are both learning something new. To teach your puppy, there are five crucial elements to remember:
1. Teach him where he should go pee.
2. Teach him not to go potty where you don’t want him to.
3. Teach him to ‘hold it’ when he is unable to use the restroom.
4. Teach him how to alert you when he has to use the restroom.
5. Teach him a phrase or term to use when you need him to go pee.
The process of housetraining a dog is similar to that of potty training a child. Please don’t do anything with your puppy that you wouldn’t do with a child! Unless you do things that make it challenging, this process is simple. Punishment has no role in housetraining and will only complicate and lengthen the process.
Begin by obtaining the necessary equipment. Consider your area of expertise for a moment. You’ll need the following items:
• Puppy food of high quality
• Harness or collar with a buckle
• Lightweight non-retractable 3–4 foot leash
• Cotton web long line with a 15-foot non-retractable length
• A crate or exercise pen to confine your dog
• A spot where you can take your dog for a walk for outdoor training
• Two dog litter boxes or two frames with wee-wee pads and a good supply of wee-wee pads for indoor training
• Treats that are small and easy to swallow
• Cleaner for carpets
• A great deal of patience
• Having a good sense of humor
Because dogs have an intrinsic desire to keep their personal space clean, they will leave their territory to go to the restroom. On the other hand, many owners make the error of giving a puppy too much space too soon. Because his roaming zone only takes up a small portion of the residence, the dog has no motivation to wait to go outdoors in this instance.
Here are some tips for housebreaking for your new puppy.
1. Get a Crate
It’s better to utilize confinement to teach your dog that he must go outside to use the restroom. This can be accomplished by obtaining a crate with just enough space for the puppy to turn around and lie down. Another option, if practicable, is to keep the puppy on a four- to a six-foot leash.
2. Keep the 15-Minute Rule in Mind.
Within 15 minutes of drinking, eating, playing, exercising, or getting up from a nap, puppies are most likely to use the potty. Your puppy should be allowed to go to the potty after any of these activities.
One hour for each month of age, plus one, is a standard rule of thumb for how long pups can hold their bladders. A two-month-old dog, for example, can wait up to three hours.
If your puppy has trouble retaining his elimination for an acceptable amount of time for his age, you should consult your veterinarian, as this could indicate a medical condition.
3. Acknowledge and Reward a Job Well Done.
Take your puppy outside to the exact correct elimination spot each time it’s time for a bathroom break. Praise him and give him rewards as soon as he goes to the restroom in less than five minutes.
Do not return your puppy to his confinement place right away, as this may appear to him as punishment. Instead, give him a 10-minute supervised play break in a more prominent location before returning him to the intimate setting. If your dog does not eliminate outside after 15 minutes, quietly return him to his confinement area and try again outdoors.
4. Mistakes Happen
If your dog has a mishap in the house, do not punish him. This merely teaches the dog to be afraid of going to the potty in public, and he will most likely still go indoors — just not when his owner is looking. Instead, if you catch your puppy doing something inappropriate, say “oops” and take him outside to his usual elimination spot.
To discourage your dog from smelling prior accidents and going there again, use enzymatic cleansers in any potty location.
5. Gradually introduce space
You can progressively expand your puppy’s space privileges by introducing him to a new room as long as he stays accident-free in the confined area. Open up another portion of your home after a week of success with no incidents.
However, if mishaps begin to occur, return him to his prior level of success. Throughout the training procedure, stick to his regular potty breaks, rewarding him for proper elimination.
6. Getting Out of Bed
You may require to take your puppy outside several times during the night. Don’t force your puppy to retain his bladder any longer than he can for his age or abilities. If your dog has accidents at night, you must take him out more frequently; the more a dog messes in his area, the more comfortable he will feel with lying in his dirt, making housebreaking difficult.
7. Puppy Pads and Newspaper Aren’t Enough
Although dogs can take away from them, this complicates the housetraining process. I frequently meet dogs trained to use pads as puppies but are not permitted to do so as adults, resulting in confusion and accidents in the home.
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