Many people are hesitant to get a new puppy out of fear of housebreaking process. While puppy housebreaking process can be consuming it doesn’t have to be hard if you follow tips we have outlined for you below.
Housebreaking your puppy is best started with puppies are six-sixteen weeks in age. When puppies are this young, they tend to go to bathroom predictably and frequently. The earlier you start housebreaking process, happier you will be as a new dog owner!
The most important tip for successful puppy housebreaking is “Persistence is key”.
1– First, you need to teach your puppy where you want him to go to bathroom. Your puppy will not know where to go if you don’t show him. Therefore, he won’t know if he went in wrong spot. We suggest starting housebreaking process outside. Many people tend to paper train and in essence you are making training process harder for you and may end having to retrain him.
2- Praise is essential in puppy housebreaking process. It will make him feel more confident when you praise him with a treat or pat on back for a job well done – not messing in house! While mistakes can and will happen and you may get frustrated – it is very important to not punish your dog, yell or swat him if he has an accident in house.
3- Be aware of your puppies eating and bathroom habits this will help you get him out side in time to prevent any accidents in home. Puppies usually have to urinate upon waking up; don’t delay taking him outside upon starting his day. Puppies also defecate regularly after each meal – usually within twenty minutes from eating. Pay attention to your puppy, he will give you signals he has to go out but you have to be in tune with them. These signs include restless circling, squatting and sniffing.