How to house train your puppy with ease can be done when an owner recognizes his or her role as the puppy’s leader. Setting a clear plan to follow that will bring rewarding results for both owner and puppy is extremely important.
Just like all dog training, patience and understanding of a puppy’s nature will go a long way towards house training a puppy with ease.
One of the essential things in house training is to be sure NOT to put fear into a puppy when they are learning to respond to their owner’s instruction.
Helping a puppy to understand what you expect of him/her can take considerable time and patience. Once a puppy recognizes you are pleased with him, then house training should be reasonably simple from thereon.
As we know, puppies and adult dogs love to please the person they trust the most – their owner. A puppy that feels well-loved will respond well to his owner.
Consider How Your Puppy Feels
When house training a puppy, it’s important to remember that there is a lot of learning going on between yourself and your puppy. One of the most important things for us to cope with, as a puppy owner, is to think about how this young puppy feels in his new surroundings.
Your puppy has to cope with:
- his new home and family
- no longer any siblings to keep him company
- and strange people making a fuss of him when he is not ready to respond to strangers
While house/potty training a puppy correctly is time-consuming, if done with patience and tolerance on the owner’s behalf, a puppy will usually respond well to the directions or commands of his owner.
Accidents with young puppies are inevitable. Remember, it is your responsibility to be alert to when a puppy is most likely to need whatever facility or area you have provided for urinating.
You are the owner of your puppy, and the person responsible for seeing that house training your puppy is done correctly. There will be times when you are not available to carry out the duties of house/potty training. Therefore, you need to pass that responsibility on to another member of your household who you can rely on to train your puppy the same way as you are doing.
This means that you need to involve this other person in the day-to-day training so that they don’t confuse your puppy by trying to train in a way different from what your potty training is.
So with that said, we can look at how to make house training your puppy a pleasure rather than a time of desperation.
Choose Exactly Where Puppy’s Toilet Will Be
Are you going to make a litter tray available for the puppy, or will he be using an out-door area for toileting?
This decision needs to be made to suit what is best for you as well as your puppy. But, think carefully about what you are happy with because to make a change to the area puppy is already using will cause him confusion. Confusion can lead to frustration, with the result that house training your puppy with ease is not working.
Have a Word or Phrase for Potty Training Only
It would be best if you decided on a word to use for house/potty training your puppy. Whatever term you decide on needs to be used for potty training only.
Choose a word that is different to words you will use for other training such as ‘go toilet’ ‘use potty’ or a fun word. Just be sure to make it something that when your puppy hears it, he/she will know that it is time to urinate.
All training should be enjoyable for you and your puppy, and that includes house/potty training.
Your puppy will want to please you and will respond to a happy atmosphere. Let your puppy know that you are pleased with the behaviour. This will make toilet training so much easier than if the puppy were to develop fear around the training.
Treats can be used for house/potty training, as with all puppy and dog training. However, it is essential to use treats in moderation as they can be over-used with ongoing training throughout a day, or week.
Clicker training is a method some dog trainers use. If you’re having difficulty in potty training your puppy, you may find it helpful to look at Adrienne Farricelli’s way of training.
Adrienne’s training methods are not entirely clicker based, but her extensive dog training programme includes the use of clickers.
Don’t overlook the importance of regular mealtimes for your puppy.
Regular mealtimes help to make a pattern for the length of time after a meal that your puppy will need to relieve him/herself. This requires that you are attentive to your puppy’s body-clock and how it works for him/her.
Your puppy needs will be different from other puppies. Therefore the same length of time does not apply to all. However, you can establish a pattern by keeping a keen eye on when your puppy is showing signs of needing to use his/her toilet area.
After the puppy’s evening meal, make sure to restrict his/her intake of water. Early meals for a puppy are wise and will allow enough time for a drink of water after eating, and not within the hour before bedtime.
Puppy’s Potty Time Before Bed
Obviously, it is very important that a puppy has a potty time before going to bed. This can be the most stressful potty time for you as the owner of your puppy because you need him/her to respond ‘now’.
Puppy’s potty time before bed is when you will need extreme patience if your puppy is not responding as you wish. By keeping calm, without any signs of stress, a puppy will eventually respond, giving you an assurance that at least there will be several hours of ‘dry’ time.
Waking In The Morning
Whether or not a puppy is dry in the morning, attending to his/her needs before doing anything else is of utmost importance.
Early morning attention to potty training is vital to puppy feeling happy and knowing that you are pleased with him.
To House Train a Puppy with Ease Requires a Generous Amount of Praise
At all times during house/potty training, be generous with praising puppy. Tell your puppy how pleased you are when he/she does what you want.
Choose whatever words you wish for praise. Just make sure to use those words specifically to convey your happiness with his/her behaviour.
To Sum Up
Essential matters that need careful attention when training very young puppies are:
- familiarizing puppy with his new surroundings
- making sure the puppy understands his/her toilet area
- puppy knowing the exact word or phrase that you use for house/potty training
- your role is to keep a feeding routine
- you, as the owner, are responsible for puppy drinking water late in the day
- your attention to early morning potty time is crucial
- your generosity of praise for good behaviour is essential
Last but Not Least
With the best of well-behaved puppies, accidents will happen especially with young puppies.
When an accident does happen, accept it as part of the pleasure of owning a beautiful young dog. Be sure not to show anger or you will have ongoing problems. Tell your puppy ‘no, this is not the right place’ or similar words. Just clean up the mess and move on with your day and with the other aspects of training your puppy.
A puppy grows up quickly, and as long as you use patience and understanding, he will grow to be an excellent house trained dog that adds pleasure to your family.
Your dog, whether a puppy or adult dog, is always there for you whatever the situation. Always show him or her love and respect.