There are theories, trial and error and just good fortune in the dog you get, but House Training can be a prime source of anxiety for many a new puppy owner. A puppy not taught properly becomes an adult who doesn't know. There are far too many adult dogs that have never learned how to control and eliminate outside. This process can be used with any dog at any age! To effectively create a clean environment, new owners have to be both dedicated and consistent to the process of teaching a young puppy where and when to go. The more repetition that is added to the process, the faster the pup will learn what you are looking for and be able to fulfill your wishes. What is House Training? The process is helping the puppy learn where to go, as well, as develop the physical controls which enable them to hold until they can go out. Many think it is just teaching a young pup not to eliminate in the house. This is the end result but not the full picture for the dog. Learning and developing control has many benefits. Utilizing a time Frame strategy, getting them outside helps them to develop bladder and bowl control, keeping scents from being left in the home. Once their scent is in the house, they look to go back to the same location time after time. These scent factors compel some dogs to keep going in the house. The Time Frame makes it is easier for owners to get a pups timing of when to go more effectively connected to normal daily schedule and life style. One other and less looked part of teaching your dog to go out side is for those who plan on traveling. A dog who does not understand to look outside for a potty runs or to go in those specific times, will most likely have difficulty doing so when in another environment such as on a trip or visiting friends. Let’s look first at some of the circumstances which make House Training difficult. Puppies from Pet Stores. These pups have spent a few weeks to a few months able to eliminate at will and to do so in the crate. Although they can still be taught, you are now working against a learned behavior.
Breeders who do not keep clean living spaces. Breeders offer a valuable resource in starting your puppy off right. The cleaner the litters living area, the more likely the pup will be to avoid dirty spaces. Good breeders start to teach outside habits from day one with frequent cleaning, offering dry clean whelping pens and beginning the outside habits by 4 weeks. Long before you pick a pup, a good breeder has already made your training process easier.
Not utilizing a crate properly. The crate is your most valuable tool in House Training. Time framing, separation of areas, developing physical control and clarity for the pup can only happen with the use of a crate. The crate speeds up the process. It offers the pup an opportunity to learn effectively and clearly what you want and prevents those opportunities which allow the pup to go in the house.
Following through the process. It is important to follow through. Trying too many things at one time, not giving a process time to work will only confuse your dog. So realize that the more consistent you are, the more effectively the dog will learn.
Breaking the time frames. A puppy can only learn what it is taught. Keeping to a schedule is the most advantageous and easiest for the pup to understand.
Let’s get started!
What are the prime times for a puppy to go? After they eat/drink
Here is what you need to get started: Paper and pen - write down all bathroom times as a foundation for time framing.
Crate - proper sized crate should just be large enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down in comfortably. A condo sized crate allows them too much room to roam; they end up going in the crate and move away to a dry area.
Proper crate location- easy access to the outside is necessary. The longer it takes to get out, the more likely to pup will not make it.
Selected potty area - this is where they go. Being in this space means potty time. Use simple garden fencing to mark off areas. The space does not need to be huge, maybe a 4x6 foot outside space.
Leash and collar - to keep the pup relegated to one area and one task. You need to see the puppy go to know what to do after.
timer - alerts you to potty times
Baby gates - keeps the pup in regulated areas for free time.
Remember our goal is to teach the puppy, offer repetition of behaviors, remove options of where to go and create sanity for you.
Step 1: You need to know how your puppies system functions. Write down every time the pup goes to the bathroom. This includes inside the house/crate and outside. Spend about a week in doing this to get an as clear and accurate time frame of your puppy's habits and physical functions.
Make this information into a time chart. The time chart should be simple and indicate the times and what the puppy does. Ex. 6 Am pee and poops; 8 Am-pees; 11AM -pee and poop; 1:30- pee and so on.
The time chart becomes your working format of potty runs, crate time and free time in the house.
Step 2: Put your chart some place everyone can see. All are involved with the process, so information should be easy access.
Start with the pup in crate.
First outside run in the morning, put your puppy on leash and collar before leaving the crate. If really young, just pick up and carry out!
Take them to the door with a potty call such as: “Let's go potty"
Go outside with them on leash and collar to a specific potty area. Important you do not play or make this an excitement time. Simply stand basically in the same area, letting the pup sniff for that favorite spot.
Repeat a chant: “let's go potty" or what every fits nicely for you.
Give your pup 15 minutes to go to the bathroom.
If the puppy goes, they get 20-30 minutes free time in a regulated location such as the kitchen.
Ryan Joseph is a writer/researcher. Information about Life's Abundance Premium Dog Food (not affected by the recall) can be found at http://www.healthydogfood.net