Potty training can be frustrating, but without proper training, your puppy won’t know how to please you.
Dogs can be house trained at any point, but puppies learn faster than adult dogs. Puppies are so cute that their puppy sized accidents are usually overlooked by owners, but adult sized accidents aren’t cute and can sometimes lead to adult dogs losing their homes. Let us help you housebreak your puppy into the perfect family member that it’s meant to be.
Establishing a Schedule – Fixing a schedule is important. Puppies do best on a regular schedule. A routine teaches them there’s a time to eat, a time to play and a time to do their business.
Age - is a factor – Pups tend to go on bathroom breaks more often than adult dogs. Puppies have smaller bladders and hence need a bathroom break after every meal, playtime and nap. In general, a two-month-old puppy will need a bathroom break every two hours. A three-month-old pup will require one every four hours, which includes potty breaks in the middle of night as well. Also, depending on your pup’s breed, it’ll be fed at least two to four times a day or more. You can prevent these little accidents from happening by anticipating when your pup needs to relieve itself.
Show them what you want – Think of housetraining from your pup’s point of view. When your pup has to go it won’t wait, instead it’ll simply squat in place and do the deed. Don’t forget we’re talking about a pup here, so s/he won’t know why you’re upset every time that happens. If you punish your pup but not show them what you want, your pupper’s going to think you don’t want it to poop at all. Rubbing its nose in it will only confuse it. Your pup’s going to think you want it to eat the poop. To sum up, punishing only teaches your pup to poop in secret or hide the poop more cautiously.
Catching your pup in the act – When teaching cause and effect, timing is crucial. Your pup won’t understand anger has anything to do with the poop s/he made five minutes ago. If not caught in the act or pointed out to within the next 30-60 seconds, trying to correct your baby won’t do the trick. Try catching your pup in the act and quickly pick it up and put it in the spot you want it to use. Then praise it and reward it with a treat. Positive reinforcements like that will help your pup learn what you want it to do.
Pick a spot outside - When picking a spot outside, make sure you take your pup there on a leash. While your pooch is relieving itself, use a specific phrase that you can eventually use every time you want them to do their business. Once the deed is done, reward and praise your pet. Give them a treat, take them for a longer stroll or some playtime only after they have finished eliminating.
Supervise your puppy - Another way to tackle this is to confine and supervise your pupper. Puppies don’t want to be in an area with their own waste. Use a crate or corner off a small portion of a room, large enough for your pet to be able to stand comfortably, lie down in and turn in. Take your pet out to let it relieve itself in the designated poop spot. If your pet isn’t productive after 15 minutes, put it back in the confined space. If your pet defecates over there, it’ll have to live with its mistake for a short time. The next time, your pup will be more likely to empty when offered the opportunity to.
Watch for signs - When your puppy wants to go, it’ll usually sniff the ground, walk in circles, be restless, scratch at the door and sometimes whimper. If you see your pet squatting following some of the signs mentioned above, pick them up, stopping the process mid-way. Take your pupper to the designated area, give the cue and praise and reward once s/he is successful in the right spot.
Accidents happen - Remember, your pet is still a pup and there are bound to be accidents in the house, it’s natural and is a part of housetraining. Do not make a big deal out of it, simply pick up your pup and take it to the spot. If your pet manages to finish their business over there, praise and reward it. Clean up the soiled area inside thoroughly; puppies tend to continue soiling areas that smell of urine or feces.
How long can your pup hold it? – Instead of trying to guess your pupper’s capacity, look at some of these general guidelines to help you schedule your puppy’s potty breaks and present it the opportunity to do the right thing. It may vary between breeds and size, but here’s a general insight on what to expect-
Despite all of this, if you find a deposit inside your house, that means you haven’t paid attention to your pupper’s needs. If you’re feeling frustrated, don’t hold off. Just roll up that newspaper and smack yourself over the head with it and intend to do better next time. Just like pets, parents take time and patience to learn important lessons as well.
Have a productive housetraining session!