After socializing your new puppy the next essential step is its housetraining. Some of the most important aspects of house training your dog are effective crate training and potty training. It may not be easy to make your puppy get used to its crate or its specific place where it is supposed to do its business. However, the earlier you start, the higher are the chances of your puppy being better accustomed at it.
When trained correctly right from a very young age, your puppy will start thinking its crate as its den and will also like spending time there instead of viewing it as a punishment. A good potty training also ensures that your dog is well behaved and knows where to do its business without you having to keep worrying of cleaning up all the mess. Here are some of the important points that you need to remember while house training your new puppy.
It is normal for young puppies to not be able to hold their bladders and bowels for over an hour. As they grow older and are about three months old they can hold on for only three hours approximately. Hence, it is quite common for your puppy to have little accidents inside the house. However, it is also extremely essential to train your puppy do its business right from a young age. Take your puppy out every two to three hours to the place where you want him to do its business. Many people do not have any problem as long as their puppies do their business outside however; it is always advised to make them do in specific areas only. This might seem hard for you to make your puppy understand but is indeed helpful as it much easier to clean up later. Also once your puppy gets accustomed to doing its business in a specific area, it will immediately know what to do as soon as you take it there. Apart from that, always remember to take your puppy out after thirty minutes post each meal and right after it wakes up from its nap. As it grows up, you can start taking your dog outside once every three hours. If your dog sleeps in its crate inside the house overnight, let your dog out as soon as it wakes in the morning.
Here are some of the steps to follow –
- Choose a place in your yard where you would like your puppy to do its business and is also easier to clean up later. You can choose to fence the area or even leave it open.
- Take your puppy to the same spot each time you take it out.
- It is okay if your puppy does not understand at first. Try giving verbal commands such as “go pee” each time you take it out to the same place.
- If your puppy squats to pee or poop in a different place try distracting it by clapping or calling out its name. Pick your puppy up and place it in the area where you want it to do its business.
- If your puppy does its business in the selected area, praise it and give it a treat.
- If your puppy does not need to do its business, try again after twenty to thirty minutes.
- Keep a close eye on your puppy while it is inside your house to avoid any accidents. If you see your puppy making circles, squatting or even sniffing the ground, take it out immediately.
- Do not keep changing places for your puppy to do its business. Be consistent in taking it to the same spot and give the same verbal command. Also praise it and give rewards when your puppy successfully does its business.
- Never keep your puppy too long inside and make it hold its bladder for longer hours. Make sure to take your puppy out every three hours, post meal, after waking up from a nap and every morning right after waking up.
These were some of the basics of effective potty training your puppy. Always remember the sooner you start potty training your puppy, the easier it is to get your puppy used to it and you won’t have to worry much about the mess that it makes.
Many people are against the idea of crate training their dogs. They think confining a dog to a crate is a cruel act. However, crate training is an important factor in house training your puppy. Studies have found that crates give a sense of security to dogs which is very essential. With proper training dogs start considering crates as their den and also enjoy their time inside the crate. Crates are used for young dogs to understand good behavior and what they must not do like chewing on furniture, destroying other household items etc. Using a crate is also a convenient solution while traveling with your dog.
Crate training can be quite difficult initially as puppies may not be able to spend too much time in the same place. However, the earlier you start, the sooner your puppy gets used to its crate.
Here are some of the important points to keep in mind while crate training your puppy –
- Start crate training while your puppy is still very young.
- Never use your puppy’s crate as a form of punishment. Doing so will make your puppy view the crate as something negative and it will be more difficult to make it get used to it.
- Initially try keeping your puppy in a crate for a maximum of three hours and slowly increase the time.
- Always remember that puppies cannot hold their bladders for a long time. Hence, it is important that you take your puppy out every two to three hours for your puppy to do its business.
- Do not keep your puppy in a crate for too long. Remember that it’s exercise and play time are equally important.
- Once your puppy grows up, it will understand eventually understand what to do and what not to inside the house. Also, it will start going inside the crate voluntarily.