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House Training

 

House Training Your Pet

Training your pet is quite simple, but you will have to be patient, calm, and understanding , because it may take about six months. I will go over a few things to help make it successful.

 

The first things you will need are a puppy, a crate, or a small area with tile or hard wood flooring, potty pads and some treats. A leash and a enzymatic cleaner would be helpful as well. A crate similar to the one you would carry your dog in while traveling is perfect. You may think placing your dog in a crate for this purpose is cruel, but remember dogs are den animals, and like small enclosed locations.

The dog will not want to soil the area within the crate. The exception to this are puppies purchased from pet stores, which are allowed to soil their enclosed spaces. This is one good reason you should avoid buying puppies at the pet store

If you are crate training you will need to buy a crate which is large enough to fit your dog when it is grown, but block off certain parts of it with the separation wall that is usually provided with larger crates. If you don't do this, the puppy will use the bathroom in one part of the crate and sleep in another. You just want to leave enough space for the puppy to rest comfortably. If you are using potty pads in an enclosed space, you will need to cover half of the area with the pads so the puppy can find them easily.

If you can't watch the puppy, put him in the crate, or in a blocked off area that is designated for you puppy. You should place toys and things in with them whether they are in the cart or blocked area. so they will be comfortable and your dog doesn't think you're punishing him. If he begins yelping, ignore him until he becomes quiet before letting him out. If you take him out when he yelps, he will think he can yelp whenever he wants to leave.

Take the puppy out to relieve them self first thing every morning, after every meal, and after a large drink of water. You also want to take them out after they have been playing vigorously, or just after a nap. When the dog sniffs, runs around in circles, or whines, or looks like they are chasing their tail, that is a signal they need to go and relieve themselves self.

You may want to take them out every 30 minutes during the day and every four hours at night until they can sleep through the night. Make sure you place treats in the area where they want to relieve themselves, and reward them every time they go. A good rule of thumb is your puppy will be able to hold their bladder for about 1 hour for every month old they are. For example, if your puppy is 8 weeks old, they can hold their bladder for about 2 hours.

If you are using the potty pads your puppy may miss the pad so soak up the urine with the pad and place it back down, they will be more likely to find it the next time they need to go. Remember, your puppy is a baby and will not be able to find one single pad in a large space. Keeping the potty training are small will help you. As your puppy grows and learns where to find the pads you can slowly start to remove one pad at a time. Eventually you will be left with one pad and your puppy will know how to use it. If they poop on the floor somewhere other than the pad, pick it up and place it on the pad also. The scent of feces will attract them back to that spot.

If they have an accident, and trust me they will, don't yell at them. Just take them outside and reward them when they finished. If you yell "NO!" when your puppy is going potty, even if it is not where they are supposed to go you will make them fearful of you. They are still learning what the Potty Urge feels like and when you yell "NO!" they are learning that this is a behavior you don't like, not that it is the wrong place for them to go. This usually causes them to wait until your back is turned, or they will go into another room, or hide behind the furniture. They easiest way for me to explain this to you is if you have ever had little children and you are potty training them, and you get upset and yell at them for going in their pants, you would notice them leaving the room and going into the closet, or another part of the house to go. They may have just been interested in some cartoon and didn't get to the toilet quick enough so they had an accident. Your puppy will be going through the same things. Keep this in mind.

 

You must remember that puppies are babies, and it will take them about 6 months before they can sleep through the night without supervision. They will have to be a bit older before they are able to be fully housebroken. I wish there was some magical tip I could give you to speed up the process but there isn't. So be patient, and before you know it the potty training phase will be over.