It's sad to know that the main reason dogs end up in a shelter is because they haven't been trained properly.
House training is crucial and is important to be established right away from when you bring home your dog as a puppy.
House training your puppy from the moment you bring it home is important to ensure the best behaviour from your dog. Image credit: NBN NIk/sxc.hu
House training your puppy could be a challenging work for the first-time pet owner or even an owner who may have not had a puppy in a while or has only had housebroken pets.
Training will require some dedication and patience from you, however the rewards will make the bond between the two of you much healthier. Below are great tips to really make the training easier and successful.
Start ASAP New home for puppy means new rules, the best way to associate a behaviour for a location is to be consistent from day one to avoid your puppy becoming confused about what is and isn't accepted inside. Be patient though, with this age, puppies' bladders usually are not yet fully developed and it'll take time before they can control themselves effectively. Expect accidents.
Pick a location Decide and let the puppy know where you would like them to go. Take them outside to a grassed area where it's acceptable to you. From there do not change it. Try and do your very best to take the pup to the same spot each and every time you'd like them to use it and use the same commanding word each time you visit the spot.
Keep a routine Feeding your dog at the same time everyday will help it understand that there is a routine. Knowing the routine will keep it from fretting it you're away from home. Get into the habit of putting your dog outside and then feeding it dinner immediately after so it can associate the food as a reward fro behaving in the appropriate manner.
Feeding your pup at the same times everyday also gives it security and lets them know their feeding time. Puppies bathroom habits are also influenced by liquids and foods they intake.
Confinement Some people, not all, prefer to keep the puppy confined to a small area while it's being house trained. A tiny room like the kitchen or laundry room work because if there are accidents, it'll be easier to clean up.
Reward Providing a treat at the right times for rewarding good behaviour is important. Extra pats can also work too. Positive reinforcement is the biggest tool in training the pup correctly. Be sure you have consistency.
Accidents They will likely happen. If you catch the puppy in the act of going in the wrong place, startle him by clapping your hands. Be sure never to frighten him. Most dogs stop when startled. Pick him up and take him to his potty area. And then reward when they finish in the right spot.
It's also vital that you keep watch of your dog for signs they may need to go. be aware of signs. Sitting near the door to go outside or excessively sniffing the ground or walking in circles may indicate a need to go.
When accidents occur, clean up immediately and remove the odours with an odour eliminator. Dogs in most cases eliminate themselves on areas which may have odours. They have a very sharp sense of smell. so just wiping up the surface is not good enough.
Potty training a puppy is a commitment along with all types of behaviour training. Dogs are extremely social animals and need a lot of interaction, communication and attention. A solid training routine will ensure both you and the new pup are happy and stress free.