Potty training your puppy can be a rather easy process provided you establish and follow a good routine.
Keep a Schedule
You’ll need to start by building a schedule around your puppy’s needs, which are often quite predictable. Establishing a daily routine is important for any dog, but particularly for puppies. A puppy can typically only hold his bladder for one hour per every month of age, meaning that young puppies may need to go outside once every hour.
Puppies have poor control of their bladders and will need to urinate every hour or two. It’s not unusual fr them to urinate when they get excited, so it’s important to get your puppy outside if it’s been overstimulated, active or playing. Additionally, young puppies need to relieve themselves soon after waking, so you’ll have to plan on taking them out first thing in the morning or after nap-time.
Since eating stimulates digestion, puppies will normally have to pee shortly after eating and may need to poop within a half hour of eating.
Keeping a simple record of your puppy’s time schedule will make it much easier to house train your new pet. Keep track of when your puppy eats, sleeps, pees and poops. Use certain ‘trigger’ words when your puppy pees and poops to establish cues for each action. This will make it much easier to prompt your puppy as he continues to grow.
Puppies are creatures of habit
It’s also a good idea to take your puppy outside to specific area each time he has to go to the bathroom. Puppies are creatures of habit. If you take your puppy outside each time he has to go to the bathroom, use your trigger words, and reinforce his good behavior, you’ll have a much easier time house training your puppy.
Some common problems when trying to house train your puppy
There are several reasons why ‘house training’ or ‘potty training’ your puppy may not go as smoothly as you’d like. If you’re having difficulty it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Feeding an unsuitable diet or giving a variety of foods.
- No schedule.
- Not feeding at regular times.
- Over feeding
- Punishing the puppy for its indoor accidents (which can make it scared of to go in front of you – even outside).
- Expecting the puppy to show you when he has to go.
- Leaving the back door open for the puppy to come and go as it pleases. Initially, a puppy may think that the outdoors is for fun and games rather than to do his business. You’ll have to accompany him especially while your training him.
- Leaving the puppy alone for too long a period, so that it’s forced to relieve himself indoors. (you cannot get mad at him for this as it’s your issue).
- Not using specific ‘trigger’ words
- Easy access to rugs or carpet that may feel similar to grass.
- Not properly cleaning up accidents. Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and may associate an accident spot as a perfectly good place to relieve himself if the area is not thoroughly cleaned.
- Owner laziness, not following a schedule, or getting up early to take your puppy outside to go.
House training your puppy requires patience and consistency. Accept the fact that accidents are bound to happen and are simply part of the process. By following these recommendations, you’ll simplify the house training and have your new puppy quickly on a schedule you can both live with.