Is Puppy Housetraining Frustrating You?
As a new puppy owner is puppy housetraining frustrating you? Do you know the different techniques to housetrain a puppy? We've provided plenty of info and resources below to help you get your puppy properly house trained.
How to Avoid Housetraining Puppy Setbacks
The most common mistake resulting in housetraining setbacks is giving puppy free reign of your home. By allowing your puppy free run of the house, you are not providing the supervision he or she needs, and could definitely cause setbacks to any training already started.
Think about it... your puppy comes home for his or her first day and has had free reign of the house with the kids without supervision.
Little did you notice, your puppy has just peed all over the place... and you didn't even know it! Guess what? Because you were unaware of these little peeing incidents while the children played with puppy, you now have spots all over your home that will be revisited and re-eliminated on. Exactly how the problem gets worse! Supervision is the most important aspect of training your new puppy.
How Long Does it Take to Housetrain a Puppy?
Depending on the breed and maturity of the dog, most puppies can take as long as six months to be fully potty trained.
Housetraining is About Prevention
Housetraining is about prevention, never punishment. In the event of an accident or any housetraining setback, do NOT punish. Accidents can occur in just a few seconds. Punishing AFTER the fact will only confuse your puppy and most likely create a fear of you. Instead, be observant of your puppy's behaviors and watch for signs when your puppy needs to eliminate. If you are lucky enough to catch your puppy "in the act" of eliminating in the wrong place, it's ok to let out a firm "NO"!... then take your dog immediately outdoors or to it's potty area. Again, we can't stress enough, your supervision and understanding the signs when your puppy has to go potty are extremely important.
What Are The SIGNS Your Puppy Needs To Go Potty?
Running out of the room suddenly;
Sniffing the floor;
Understanding WHEN Your Puppy Needs To Go Potty
As a new puppy or dog owner, learn "when" your puppy needs to go potty to eliminate many accidents during your puppy housetraining period.
Most Common Elimination Times
You will find the most common elimination times your dog will show signs to go potty are:
1. After waking up in the morning.
2. After feeding.
3. After drinking water.
4. After being crated.
5. After playing.
6. After any excitement.
7. Before going to bed.
Puppy Housetraining Success
Puppy housetraining success really boils down to putting puppy on a routine schedule. By becoming more aware of puppy's elimination needs you can actually teach him (or her) when to go! New puppy owners that work full time will also benefit from understanding how their schedule fits in with their puppy's daily timelines. Properly housetrain your puppy from day one. Both owner and dog will benefit from doing the same daily tasks in a timely manner. With this understanding and awareness, choose a puppy potty training technique to impliment where and when you want your puppy's elimination to take place... indoors? ... outdoors? You really CAN teach your puppy where and when to eliminate.
Potty Training in the Rain
Find out how to succeed when you need to potty train in the rain! It's something we dog owners all experience. Some days the weather just doesn't co-operate.
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TECHNIQUES for Puppy Housetraining:
Technique One: Outside On a Leash
Take puppy outside on a leash to a designated area on your property. Each time you go out to potty train your puppy go to the same spot. Watch how quickly puppy learns by smelling an old elimination spot. Notice how the sniffing takes on a direction to the affected area! Always use a simple command like "Go Potty" and praise after elimination.
(Note: Remember to have your puppy immunized by a veternarian within the first week of bringing it home before taking him outside. This helps protect your little one from susceptible airborne dog diseases.)
Technique Two: Indoors With Newspapers
Using newspapers in a designated area of any room where you want him to go is another housetraining puppy method. Newspapers can quickly be cleaned up and thrown away. A word of caution: don't be surprised to find puppy playing and shredding the newspapers. After your puppy eliminates, quickly clean up and lay new papers down.
Technique Three: Indoors with Puppy Pads
Puppy House Training Pads make a nice alternative to newspapers. They come 'pre-odored' and are scented to attract your puppy. Training pads will encourage your puppy to go in the same spot. Odor eliminators, pad trays, and plastic backing help protect rugs and floors from smelling and getting wet. Like newspapers, set up your pads in a designated area of any room. Both puppy pads and odor eliminators can be purchased at any of your local pet stores or conveniently online at Amazon's Dog Supplies
Technique Four: With Indoor Dog Potty
Indoor Dog Potty
Using an Indoor Dog Potty is an easier and cleaner alternative for puppy potty training. Using just newspapers or training pads alone may very well may end up getting shredded! Indoor dog potty fixes all that. Check them out! Some new puppy owners are having excellent results using indoor dog potties. I have friends that have used these methods with their puppies and love it. A great idea for those rainy days too! Personally, I wish these were available years ago!
Technique Five: Outside with Clicker Training
Clickers are very inexpensive and can be purchased at most pet supply stores. The theory behind clicker training is your dog performs a desired behavior for the reward of hearing the clicking sound. Clicker training is used by many dog trainers to teach behaviors.
For more information on Clicker training, visit either of these clicker training sites:
Clicker Training for Dogs by Gary Wilkes
Karen Pryor Clickertraining
Cleaning Elimination Accidents
Use a good neutralizer to clean any accident areas. The odor and familiarity of an elimination spot will bring a puppy back to eliminate those same affected areas if not cleaned properly. (Another reason you want to supervise your puppy!) Accidents will happen during the housetraining period and are a normal occurance when owning such a young dog. Never punish your dog "after an accident" - just clean it up. When catching an incident "during the act", firmly say "NO!" and quickly move puppy to an area you choose for potty.
Observe your dog and you will quickly learn to tell the difference between whether your puppy is exploring his new universe or just searching for a "good location". If your pup starts to make a mistake, firmly say "No" and show him where to eliminate. Never punish after the act. It is already too late. House training a dog is not difficult, but it will correlate to how devoted you are to train your puppy the basics.
Happy house training... be patient and be consistent. You and your dog will reap the rewards of your persistence. In the meantime, enjoy your new little buddy!