House Training a Puppy
Much like potty training a young child, house training a puppy requires patience, consistency and time. Did we mention patience?
Puppies are not born with an innate sense of where the appropriate place to relieve themselves is, they simply know that when they have an urge it is time to go, regardless of whether they are on your carpet or not.
It is your job, as the well-informed and loving dog owner, to teach your dog the correct place to potty. This is best accomplished without too much anger and frustration on your part, remember your puppy doesn’t know until you show them. By remaining calm and staying consistent, house training your puppy should turn out to be a quick process with a happy ending.
Methods of House Training a Puppy:
There are a number of methods that you can employ for house training your puppy. The first is to train him indoors first, and gradually work your way outside.
This is done by confining your puppy to a particular area of the house, preferably a place that has a hard, easy to clean floor. Put some papers or a training pad down on the floor of that room.
When you see your pup showing his “I have to go” signs, which might include sniffing the ground, whining and turning in circles, place the puppy on the papers where you want him to go. Each time he goes in the appropriate location praise the puppy as much as you can so he understands that going on the paper makes you happy.
As your dog gets the hang of using the papers keep moving them closer to the door, eventually your pup will associate the urge to potty with going outdoors.
Another popular effective way to house train your puppy is to use a crate and it is the method I recommend. This has become the preferred approach to house training a puppy in recent years for a number of reasons.
Crating your puppy will save your home and carpet when you are not around to watch your pup, it also gives your dog a safe and secure place to hang out when you’re not available.
Crating should always be a positive experience for your pup, avoid using the crate for discipline while training. Eventually as your pup grows the crate will become their own “space” where they will like to sleep and eat.
Puppies Potty Outside
It will also teach your puppy that when he feels the urge to potty, he can hold the urge until he gets to the appropriate location. Most dogs will not eliminate in the same place that they sleep, so chances are good that your pup will do his very best to avoid soiling the crate while he is inside.
House training a puppy using the crating method often results in far fewer accidents that will need to be cleaned.
House training a puppy will be a challenge of your patience, but it is far from impossible. With consistent instruction on where he is to go, and lavish amounts of praise when he makes the right choice, your little pup will get house training down in no time at all.