Having owned and bred many puppies of various breeds, I know that nothing comes close to a giving a new owner a nervous breakdown then house training a new puppy. House training puppies can be the most difficult thing you do or the easiest. The decision is yours, but do it wrong and you can scar a young dog for life.
So what can you do to get your puppy house trained with the least amount of trouble and frustration? Well here are some key areas to concentrate on;
Firstly, you need to understand that a puppy needs you a lot more than you need him. Being separated from his mother and brothers and sisters is very stressful, so you can expect to have some accidents for the first few days. You need to moderate your expectations and be gentle, loving and kind. Consider that the puppy needs to get used to the idea of being on his own or with strange humans and pets. You must accept responsibility for your new companion.
Puppies are like children in a number of ways. It takes time to potty train a child, usually a few months. Your puppy will learn this skill in as little as a few days if you are patient and consistent. Getting into a routine is essential and you must be prepared to lose a few hours sleep each night making sure that your puppy gets the right attention.
Your puppy needs an area into which he can go at any time of the day or night and not be disturbed. Puppies require plenty of sleep and they must not be woken up by children or noise or you will have the makings of a neurotic pet. The area should be large enough for the puppy to comfortably move around in and is usually a large crate or kennel.
Your puppy will give you hints that he wants to go to the toilet. Most puppies will run around a little with their noses sniffing the ground before having their wee or poo. This happens straight after they wake up or after they have had a meal and some water. Within 10 to 15 minutes of waking up or eating you will usually get a wee or bowel movement from your puppy.
All you have to do is ensure that your puppy is outside at this time and praise him when he has a wee or poo. This is not brain surgery. It happens every time, every day. You must make sure that you are consistent by taking your puppy outside for a wee and a poo as follows:
- First thing in the morning
- Immediately after each feed time
- Last thing at night before being put to sleep
If you follow this routine for the first few days to a week you will have a puppy that is just desperate to please you because he gets praised every time he does it right. You can put down some newspaper at night in case of accidents, but you will find that your puppy will usually cry a little in expectation of going outside to wee.
Follow these simple instructions and you will develop a strong and lasting bond with your puppy.
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