House training a 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 puppy’s nature, together with keeping things simple, will go a long way towards house training a puppy with ease.
One of the most important 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 training.
It takes time and a considerable amount of patience on the owner’s part for a new puppy to understand what is expected of him or her. Once puppy gets to know that his owner is pleased with him/her, then house training should be reasonably simple from there on.
As we know, puppies and adult dogs really love to please the person they trust the most – their owner, and so a puppy will respond well when he/she is happy and feels well loved.
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/she is not ready for that
While house/potty training a puppy correctly is quite 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, but it has to be remembered that it is your responsibility to be alert to when a puppy is most likely to need to use whatever facility or area you have provided for puppy to urinate.
As owner of your puppy, you are also your puppy’s pack leader and the person responsible to see that house training your puppy is done correctly. This leads to the fact that there will be times when you are not available to carry out the duties of house/potty training. Therefore, it is important for you to pass that responsibility on to another member of your household who you can rely on to train puppy exactly 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 to 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 puppy, or will he/she 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/her 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 is essential that you decide on a word to use for house/potty training your puppy. Whatever word 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 him/her as this will make toilet training so much easier than if 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 important to use treats in moderation as they can be over-used with ongoing training throughout a day, or week.
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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 to 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 you puppy is showing signs of needing to use his/her toilet area.
After puppy’s evening meal, make sure to restrict puppy’s intake of water. Early meals for puppy are wise and will allow enough time for puppy to have 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 puppy has a potty time before going to bed. This can be the most stressful potty time for you as owner of your puppy because you really 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, puppy will eventually respond giving you assurance that at least there will be several hours of ‘dry’ time.
Waking In The Morning
Whether or not puppy has stayed dry through the night, it is important for you to attend to potty needs first thing, before doing anything else.
Early morning attention to potty training is vital to puppy feeling good about him/herself and knowing that you, as owner, are pleased with him/her.
House Training 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.
Use whatever words you want for praise and remember to keep those words just for letting puppy know that you are happy with his/her behavior.
To Sum Up
Important matters that need careful attention when training very young puppies are:
- puppy becoming familiar with new surroundings
- puppy knowing his/her toilet area
- puppy knowing the exact word or phrase that you use for house/potty training
- you, as owner, keeping a feeding routine
- you, as owner, responsible for drinking water late in the day
- your attention to early morning potty time
- your generosity of praise for good behaviour
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, before you know it, as long as you use patience and understanding, you will have a young dog that is well house trained and a pleasure to have as part of 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.