HOUSEBREAKING YOUR PUPPY – THE 5 SIMPLE STEPS!
Bringing home a new puppy to your family is such an exciting and joyous moment. But sometimes the task of housebreaking can be overwhelming and frustrating for first-time dog owners.
Remember, training your furry bundle of joy does not have to be hard work or difficult. You need patience and follow sets of training routine. Let’s discuss 5 simple steps to help you house train your puppy.
When should one start house training?
Experts suggest starts when the puppy is around 12 weeks to 16 weeks of age. Reason being at this age, the puppy is more receptive to be trained to ‘hold it’ and control his bowel movement and bladder.
How long will it take?
Generally, takes around 4-6 months for your puppy to be house trained properly. But other factors can affect the time it takes, for example, the breed of the puppy, state of health and their past history. Whether there are any old habits to break, to retrain so the puppy’s behavior can be reshaped in order to achieve a desirable result.
What are the 5 must know steps to house train your puppy?
Build good habits, consistency, and routine into your training is very important.
1. Have a feeding routine: If your puppy eats all day at a random time, he will need to go at a random time. Regularity builds habits which then form a pattern for your puppy to know when to eat and you can predict when he needs to eliminate.
2. Show him where to go: Use the same command word each time, like ‘outside’ if you want him to go outside, or ‘potty’ if you want him to go inside. Choose the same spot so your puppy learns where his territory is. Praise your puppy and give him a treat five seconds after he has done his business. It is a good idea to let him sniff his spot as his scene will help him mark his territory.
3. Teach your puppy to hold his pee and poop: One of the keys in house training, is to teach your puppy the same thing repeatedly, this will help him to learn. One of the ways is to confine your puppy for a set period of time, then encourage him to go to his spot to eliminate. Praise your puppy and give him his treat only after he has finished his business.
Do not punish your puppy if he pees and poops in the house. If you catch him in the act, use a command word like ‘NO’, interrupt him by immediately taking him to his spot, wait for him to finish his business, then only praise him and reward with a small treat.
4. Teach your puppy to give you a signal when he needs to go: Choose a cue, like use a bell, bark at the door or give you a scratch. Note that once you decide on the cue, stick with it. Train your puppy to use the cue when he needs to go outside to his spot to do his business. Use a command word like ‘good’, then open the door to let him out, only praise him and reward him after he has finished his business.
If your puppy randomly uses the cue to get you to open the door to let him out to play, do not reward him and take him inside straight away. After a few practices, your puppy will learn to only use the cue to go outside to do his business.
5. Dogs are creatures of habit: Set a routine in your house training, this is a good way to help your puppy to establish a behavior. Like, let him out to his spot first thing after he wakes up in the morning and the last thing at night before he is left alone. Then frequently every one to two hours, after each meal, after a nap, after eating and drinking. Before you know it, these routines will become habits to your puppy, and he will do these naturally by himself.