House Training Dog
With a little patience, your puppy can be fully house-trained within as little as a week; although some dogs may take a little longer.
House Training Your Puppy
Have patience with your puppy, some can be trained within a week, but some can take as long a month! Each one is unique so keep your cool when there is accidents. Dogs are clean and they don’t like to cause a mess, sometimes they just get excited!
Consistency and positive reinforcement with training rewards are the best things to help you quickly house train your puppy.
Firstly train the humans of the house!
- Make sure everyone is using the same commands for each task you want your puppy to learn. This will ensure there is no confusion and make it easier for your puppy to understand and learn quicker.
- Agree these words within the household before you start training! It will make training a lot easier.
- Try not to use words such as good boy or good girl when praising, they can lead to confusion, when the puppy sits and you say good boy, he associates it with peeing!
When To Go
- Keep your puppy on the lead when you bring them out to pee, treat your back garden like a room of your home. Only allow full use of your home and back garden once the puppy is trained. This will help to fast track house training as the larger the space given to the puppy the more places to pee!
- Wait there until the puppy has done his business and reward them. Do not play with the puppy during this time.
- Puppies have weak bladders and can pee sporadically, so take your puppy out to pee frequently especially after occasions of play and high activity.
- For the first week or so, let the puppy out during the night also to pee. At night when you take your puppy out to pee, try not to make a big deal of it, so the puppy won’t associate it with play time. Don’t turn on too many lights, don’t talk or play just use your chosen commands. Go straight out and back in once they have finished their business.
Puppies usually pee within 15 minutes of feeding and defecate within 30 minutes of feeding. So, after the pup has ate its food, take them to the spot you would like it to use.
Start a feeding routine so it eats regularly and make sure there is always someone there to take the puppy outside after, and be there to reward the puppy. Try not to feed the puppy too late at night; this will help avoid any bad accidents throughout the night.
Lastly, be sure to pick up your puppies water bowl around 2 hours before bed time, this will help stop any night time accidents.
Using a Crate
When you are not with the puppy, it is best to keep it confined to a small area. Training crates are a great way of keeping them safe when you are not around and also helps with house training.
Using a crate will prevent your puppy from exploring when you are not around – and stop them from discovering that there are rugs and carpets and numerous different textures to pee on. When using a crate, once you come home, and first thing in the morning. take them immediately outside so they can pee, this sets the pattern in their head. Again make sure you stay with the puppy so you can reward it when it does go.
Scolding vs Rewards
As with any training, positive reinforcement is a much healthier way of teaching your dog new things. Moving to a new home is stressful for your new puppy; it will miss its mother and siblings, so try not to scold the puppy when it has had an accident. The puppy won’t know what it has done wrong, so the best way is to reward and praise when the puppy pees in the right location.
If you catch your puppy urinating inside, interrupt the pup, don’t startle them, bring them immediately to the place you want them to go, and praise and reward once the pup finishes.