House training your puppy or dog requires some level of commitment, patience, and consistency. Additionally, toilet training should start as soon as you get your puppy home. Notably, puppies are unable to control their bowels and bladders until 12 months of age. Thus, success in house training will depend on anticipating their needs. You can usually tell when a puppy “wants to relieve themselves”. You will notice this when they start looking anxious and walk in circles while sniffing suitable corners to take a call of nature. Accidents are part of the process; however, if you follow the following house-training basics, you can get the new member of your family on the right path in a few weeks.
- Establish a Schedule
Just like babies, puppies perform well on a regular schedule. Having a routine plan teaches them that there is time for everything (eating, playing and doing other business). Typically, a puppy can control their bladder for one hour if they are four months of age. Nonetheless, if they are less than two months, they can hold for about two hours. Hence, you should not take longer than this between the bathroom breaks. If not, they are bound to have an accident. To establish a schedule, do the following.
- Take your puppy out frequently:
You should always take your puppy out at least every two hours- and immediately they wake up, after and drinking or regular feeding schedule and during or after playing.
- Pick a bathroom spot:
Always take your puppy on a leash to the same place. While they are relieving themselves, use specific phrases or words that will remind them what to do. Only take them for a long walk once they have eliminated.
- Reward them:
Give treats and praises every time they eliminate outside. Remember to do so immediately they finish. This process is vital since rewarding them is a proper way of teaching them what is expected.
- Watch out for signs
If you notice your puppy is sniffing, pacing or circling it is an indicator that they want to go, so take them outside immediately. However, if you catch it in the middle of the accident, reprimand them and say “No” firmly as you take them to their spot outside to finish.
Note: It is not advisable to punish your puppy by beating or pushing its nose to the mess. This will only make them fear you. Whenever you find an accident in the house, and you don’t catch the puppy in the act, do not bother to punish it. Your puppy will never associate the punishment with the action, and this will only create confusion. Besides, you can break old habits through training.