House training your new puppy can seem to be a lot of work, and it is. It takes time, patience, and understanding that there will be instances where your puppy slips up a little bit while they are trying to learn. Typical training may take between 4-6 months before your dog is fully housetrained, depending on the age of your dog. The key to successfully training your dog is to have a schedule or plan and stick to it. Here are a few ideas about how to house train a puppy.
How to House Train A Puppy:
1: When to Begin House Training
Experts believe that the most reasonable time to start training your puppy is between the age of 12 to 16 weeks. By this time, your dog is old enough to have control over their bodies and bladder and learn how to hold it until they go outside. If your dog is older than that, or hasn’t been trained, it may take longer in order to change the dog’s behavior. A good way to do this for significant results is with encouragement and reward. Keep in mind that if your dog is a little bit older, it might take longer to train them effectively.
2: How to House Train a Puppy: Start Training
Start out by confining your puppy to one space in the house where they understand they are allowed to be. You can either start out by having them stay in a kennel or a blocked off portion of your house. As your dog learns that they need to do their business outside, broaden their horizons of where they are allowed to be in the house. However, if you do not want them jumping up on your furniture, always be sure to steer them away from those areas. It only takes one time of allowing them on your lap for them to think it’s okay to be up there all of the time.
3: Feeding Your Puppy Consistently
Make sure when you feed your puppy you know the correct amount to feed them, otherwise your puppy could end up gaining (or not gaining enough) weight very early on in their life. Also, feed them at the same time everyday. For example, if you own a Golden Retriever and you decide to feed them twice a day, once at 9:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m., feed them at those same times the following days. You want to keep a schedule that your puppy will learn as time goes on. If you feed them at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. one day, then change it to 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. the following day, your dog will become confused and they won’t learn how or when to control their bladder.
4: Go Out For Multiple Potty Breaks
Be sure to take your puppy out for potty breaks first thing each morning, once every hour, shortly after being fed, after they wake up from naps, and before you and your pup head to bed for the night. Accompany your dog each time you take them out, and lead them to the same space in your yard for every trip. This way they will learn where they need to go to relieve themselves, and their familiar scent will prompt them to keep doing their business there. By bringing your pup out to go potty frequently during the day, you’ll reduce the risk of them having an accident inside the house (because we all know what a pain it can be to clean up). As your puppy grows older and learns, the less frequently you will have to let them out to go to the bathroom, and the less you will have accompany them.
5: Reward For Good Behavior
Training your puppy, especially very young ones, is very time consuming and requires a lot of patience. As you are training your dog each day, remember to reward them for behaviors that you approve of. If they do their business in the correct area of the yard, give them a treat or some type of positive reinforcement. As long as you let them know that what they are doing is correct, it’ll start to click in their minds to keep doing that exact same thing. Rewarding your dog is also a great way to make training more efficient and hopefully less time consuming.
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