Having a new puppy is certainly an exciting time for everyone! And also a lot of work in house training. Puppies are not born knowing their bathroom is outside, not indoors. We need to teach them that. Luckily, they want to please you, so once they get the hang of going outside and seeing you are happy about this, they will continue to do so. Keep reading for some helpful tips on house training your dog.
Tips for House Training Your Puppy
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Products: There are many products out there to choose from when it comes to cleaning up your pups accidents. The important thing to remember is that even though you can’t smell the soiled carpet, your dog can, and until you rid the carpet of that odor, your dog will continue to mark his territory in the same spot. Stock up on cleaners that remove the stain and odor, not just mask it. Nature’s Miracle is a great product. Follow the instructions, you want to clean up the mess completely before treating the area.
Crate Training: It is worse on you then your pup, I promise! A crate should be a dogs safe home. A place they can go to be alone and sleep. You want to make sure it’s just big enough for him to turn around completely, yet not big enough where if he has an accident, he can get away from it. Dogs do not ‘go’ where they sleep. So the chances of having an accident in the crate are slim! After eating, have your dog go to his crate for about 10-15 minutes, and then immediately take him outside. You are teaching him that after eating, he needs to go outside to do his business rather than just anywhere in the house. Why the crate after eating? As stated above, he won’t go in his crate.
Schedule: Having your new puppy on a strict schedule will help in house training. As suggested above, a crate will help early on. However, a schedule is the crux of outdoor training. A puppy is like having a newborn, your day seems revolve around eating, sleeping, playing and pooping (outside, not in a diaper). The ideal situation is one in which you are able to be home all day (meaning, not having to be away from home to work). This allows you to do some great training. If you are unable to, and maybe a weekend is all you have, you can still get your pup on a schedule. Taking your pup out in the morning before he eats, feed him, take him out one more time, then crate him while you are gone. As soon as you get home, let him out, he has been waiting all day! Feed him, and let him about again.
Praise: This is very important when house training your pup. Have treats on hand and lots and lots love and praise when he does go outside. A dogs only goal in life is to please you. If he does have an accident in the house, let him know it is wrong and take him outside, even if he does not go again. But do not put him in his crate as punishment. Remember, it is supposed to be his safe place, his home.
Have you ever trained a dog to stop peeing in the house? Did you have a house trained dog that suddenly started having accidents in the house again? What has worked for you? Anyone who is looking for a dog to add to their family could use help in house training! Share what has worked for you below.