Taking a puppy home for the first time is a great moment for everyone involved. Alongside teaching them some fun tricks and awesome commands, house training your new pet will sit pretty high on your new to do list.
Contrary to popular beliefs, house training your new puppy can be a relatively straight forward process and doesn’t need to be such a stressful situation for yourself or your new dog. Follow the 4 steps below to ensure the process is quick and pain free.
Before we address house training your puppy it’s important to understand how dogs work. As the great Jedi puppy master, Cesar Milan explains, when puppies are first born they begin by at first relieving themselves in their den but the mother always cleans up after them. There is never a scent of urine or faeces where the puppies eat, sleep or live. This means that by the time you’ve gone to collect your dog, the most basic step of housebreaking has already been ingrained into them- there shouldn’t be any hint of urine/faeces scent in areas of living!
The second most important thing to understand is your puppy’s digestive system. Dogs process food in a quick and efficient manner and will generally need to relieve themselves 5mins to 30mins after eating and drinks. Which leads us to our second step, routine.
Routine is key to house breaking your puppy. The more consistent you are with your routine, the faster your puppy will pick up the habit. The majority of dogs have a great internal sense of time meaning that they adapt to routines relatively quickly. If given enough consistent opportunities to relieve themselves outside of the house, your puppy will develop that habit a lot faster.
Typical routine of a puppy going through house training:
7.00am: Taken outside, as soon as they wake up.
10.00am: Taken outside, 5mins – 35mins after eating breakfast
1.00pm: Taken outside, 5mins – 35mins after eating lunch
5.00pm: Taken outside, 5mins – 35mins after eating dinner
8.00pm: Taken outside, last thing before they’re put to bed
Once your puppy has successfully relieved themselves outside don’t forget to reward them with their favourite treat and with a lot of positive reinforcement. Which leads us to the next important step, rewards.
There’s a simple rational behind this step. The more often you reward appropriate behaviour whenever your dog displays them, the more likely your dog will repeat that specific behaviour. Every time your new puppy relieves themselves outside of the house, it’s important that you reward them with both positive praise and with some tasty treats. This will ensure that your puppy will learn very quickly to associate good things with relieving themselves outside. Simples.
Accidents will occur, especially during the early phases of training your puppy. If you do discover a little puddle or a mess, it’s important to stay calm and to just clean up the mess without making a big event out of it. You should never shout at your pet, relieving themselves is a very natural act for your puppy and shouting at your pet will only lead to confusion.
If you happen to catch them in the act, calmly take them outside to the toilet area to finish off what they’ve started, then clean the floor thoroughly with a neutralising spray so there’s no smell that your pet can associate with a toilet area.
These steps should make house training your new puppy a relatively straight forward and stress free process for both yourself and your new dog.
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