In house training your puppy, you need to have a positive reinforcement, patience, and consistency. Actually, the goal here is to impart good habits as well as build a loving bond with your beloved pet. If you are not familiar with training your puppy, you may follow some simple ways on how to house train a puppy.
Usually, takes about 4 to 6 months for a puppy to be fully house-trained. Nevertheless, some puppies may take up to twelve months. One of the predictors in here is the size of the puppy. For example, smaller breeds tend to have much smaller bladders, as well as much higher metabolisms, thus needs more frequent tours outside. Furthermore, the previous living condition of the puppy is the other predictor. You may find that you need to help your puppy to break their old habits in order to establish ones that are more desirable.
While you are training, no need to worry if there are any setbacks. Provided that you continue a management program, which includes taking your puppy out at the first signs that he needs to do and giving him rewards, he will definitely learn.
When to Start House Training a Puppy?
Experts actually suggest that you start training your puppy when he is in between 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At that point in time, he already has a control of his own bowel movements and his bladder as well.
Furthermore, if your puppy is older than 12 weeks upon bringing him home, and he’s continually escaping it his cage, the house training may take a bit longer. You will need to reshape the behavior of the dog through encouragement and reward.
Steps on How to House Train a Puppy
Various experts advise confining the puppy to a defined space, whether on a leash, in a room, or in a crate. As the puppy learns that he actually needs to go outside in order to do his business, you may give him more freedom and roam all over the house in a gradual manner.
Here are some of the steps to follow on how to house train a puppy:
- Keep the puppy on his regular schedule of feeding and then take away its food in between meals.
- Take the puppy out to defecate first hand in the morning and once in every 30 minutes up to an hour. Moreover, always take him outdoor after every meal. Or when he wakes from his nap. Ensure that he goes out to defecate at night and before leaving him alone.
- Take the puppy to the very same place every time he wants to defecate. His own scent will surely prompt him to go.
- Stay with the puppy outside, at least until he is already house trained.
- When the puppy already defecates outside, praise or reward him with a treat. A walk around the neighborhood may be a good thing!
What are the Signs that your Puppy wants to Defecate?
Some of the signs that your puppy wants to defecate are the following:
- Scratching the door
- Puppy is unconstrained
If you see your puppy do these, you must take him out right away.
Dos and Don’ts of House Training a Puppy
You should keep the following advises while training your puppy at home:
- Clean up all the accidental pooping with an enzymatic cleanser, instead of an ammonia-based cleaner in order to minimize odors, which might attract the puppy to defecate at the very same spot.
- Staying outside the house with your puppy may help in curbing out possible accidents. He may need an extra time to walk around.
- If you saw an evidence but did not see any acts, don’t be angry and yell at him. Puppies are not intelligent enough to connect your accidents with their actions.
- If you caught your puppy in the act, clap so loudly so that he will know he has done something wrong. The next thing you will do then, is to take him outside by calling or taking gently by his collar. When he’s done, praise or give him a small reward.
- Punishing your puppy for accidentally pooping is a big NO. It just teaches your puppy to fear you.
Patience and consistency is the key. Remember, never scold nor punish your puppy just because he did a mistake or accident. The older your puppy gets, the more he will be able to get a grip of his bladder, and bowel movements. Sooner or later, your puppy will be able to hold it until he finally gets outside the house. Furthermore, let your puppy do this on his own time. If you rush house training him, problems may arise.