HOUSE TRAINING TIPS
House training is about managing the dog’s environment and setting you and your dog up for success. Focus on management not punishment.
Points to keep in mind:
1)A puppy can only hold its bladder for months of age plus one. This means if the dog is 3 months, most puppies this age can hold their urine for 4 hours maximum. This tops out at 6 months and we cannot expect an average adult dog to hold its bladder for much longer than 4 to 8 hours.
2)When a dog eats food it takes between 8 to 12 hours for that food to be eliminated from their body.
3)Schedule feeding the dog allows you to predict when it will need to poop (if it’s appropriate for their age). You can keep a log of when your puppy poops to more accurately predict how long food in food out takes. This way you can feed the puppy accordingly so that a person is around to allow the dog to go outside to relieve itself.
4)Crate train to help encourage the puppy to learn to hold its bladder. This enables you to show the puppy where to relieve itself upon your return home. This also helps to avoid accidents over night if the dog is crated. Dogs typically have the instinct to not soil where they lay and this is why crate training is an effective compliment to house training.
5)If you find an accident of your dog’s or catch them in the act, shoving their face in it and saying bad dog will not teach the dog what you may think it will. Most dogs only learn to not mess anywhere near your presence. They don’t learn to go outside from this.
If you catch the dog in the act simply clap your hands, pickup the dog place it outside in the potty area and say “outside” and allow them to finish their business.
6)When you find an accident from your puppy clean affected area thoroughly and with an enzymatic/odor neutralizing cleaner. You need to make sure the scent is completely gone and this is why you require specific cleaners as they break down the substance.
If the area isn’t cleaned properly and the scent remains the dog will likely soil in that same spot again because it smells a potty spot.
7)If your dog has a tendency to disappear from your view and then you find an accident you will need to manage the dog better. Place the pup on leash and take it with you all over the house, doing errands and such. If there are house training challenges present you need to not offer the dog any unsupervised freedom. Manage the dog by either a) having it confined to a crate, b) tethered to yourself, c) in a safe outside area or d) if free to roam you are watching it closely.
8)When the dog is having some supervised free time, be especially aware of their body language as they will offer you some short notice prior to them having an accident inside. Below are examples of proactive time to take your dog to an appropriate potty spot:
a)Circling in an area more than once tends to indicate they are about to relieve themselves.
b)If you notice the dog actively sniffing the ground.
c)As soon as they wake from a nap.
d)After rigorous play or extended chewing of an appropriate item.
e)Often after a dog consumes a meal.
9)When you are teaching your puppy to go in an appropriate area please offer them praise, affection or a small food reward when they soil in your area of choice. This will help them want to go to this area more often.
10)Some dogs will need to pee twice outside to fully empty their bladder. If you find your pup goes pee outside then 5 minutes later has an accident inside you need to clean the area well first. Then make sure the next time the dog needs to go pee that it does so twice outside. If the dog only goes once then crate the dog for 20 minutes and then place outside again waiting for that second pee.
If you are unable to let your dog out often enough for its age you will need to setup a pen or space for the pup to relieve itself inside during your absence. Purchase a wire pen type enclosure from a pet store along with a crate, puppy pads, age appropriate chew toys and a metal water bowl.
a)Setup the pen with crate (lined with a towel or dog bed) in one corner with the chew toys and water dish near it.
b)On the other side of the pen place the puppy pads. This setup will begin to teach the dog to chew appropriate items (the toys you added), sleep in the crate (because the comfy bed is in it) and eliminate on the pads. This is the best way to leave your young puppy for longer periods of time as it emphasizes good behavior and manages the dog from not partaking in undesirable conduct.
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