Many have come to think that housetraining a puppy is essentially bringing around a stack of old newspapers. But contrary to such a limited view, what is also known as housebreaking calls for tons of patience, vigilance, and loyalty likewise to your dog. Keep track of the advice below to reduce house-soiling accidents. Nevertheless, brace yourself for a few violations of your best laid plans. But this is hardly a surprise since it is all part of raising a puppy. In the meantime, the puppy will rely on you to be consistent in implementing basic housetraining procedures that teaches acceptable behavior. Smaller breeds take time to learn, but be assured of the benefits of the training.
Establish A Routine
1) First of all, a regular schedule works wonders in dog house training. As a consequence, you will need to take your puppy outside often, such as every two hours, aside from appointments like when he wakes up after a nap, after playing, eating and drinking.
2) Train the puppy to make use of a bathroom spot instead of soiling the house. One way to implement this goal is to choose a spot near the door, and let it be the dog’s bathroom spot. Then bring the soiled rags or paper towels from a recent accident to the bathroom spot. Dogs prefer to eliminate on a spot which contains a scent of their waste. So the smell will help label that spot for your puppy.
3) Heap praise on your puppy whenever he eliminates outdoors. Other dog experts talk of acting like you won the lottery, so that it is impressed on the dog that he did well. A treat is also good. It is important that the rewarding of the dog be done in the instant that the dog is done eliminating, and not only when he is back inside the house. Doing so will help the dog to understand that he needs to eliminate at that spot regularly in order to please you or to get a reward from you.
4) Feed the dog on a regular schedule as best as you can. By feeding your puppy on the same consistent times each day, you make it more possible that they eliminate at the same times as well. This tip is a big boost to your housebreaking.
In any case, expect your puppy to get away with at least one accident in the house. It may be a bit of a disappointment, but this is very much part of housetraining.
1) It will happen that you will catch the dog eliminating nowhere near the agreed upon spot. What’s to be done? Do something that will interrupt him, like a noise that is meant to startle, but not frighten. Then get the dog to go with you to the bathroom spot, where he will be praised and rewarded if he behaves as you command.
2) Whatever happens, your puppy does not deserve punishment for pooing or peeing in the house. More importantly, if you spot a dirty spot with the dog even just a meter away from it, it is fruitless to give a correction. Clean up the mess, and leave the dog alone. Examples of actions that will make the dog scared and tense of you, or afraid to eliminate in your presence, is to rub his nose in the dirt, take him to the spot and scold him (or any other punishment or discipline). However we insist, animals (and dogs for that matter) cannot understand punishment after the accident or error, even if it’s only seconds later. It is in this context that punishment actually is more of an obstacle than an advantage.
3) Lastly, as soon as you spot the dirt, clean up the soiled area and remove all odors. This way, the dog is not motivated to go back to that spot which contains the scent of his urine or poo.
Using the supervision and confinement steps of these housebreaking tips explained above will help to bring down the dog’s accidents and errors. However, if the puppy is allowed to eliminate just about anywhere in the house, he’ll get his housetraining mixed up!