House training a puppy is essential to have a well-behaved full grown dog. Early house training will instill in your puppy good habits and will foster a strong bond of love between you and your pet. Although it is expected that puppies can be fully house trained within 4-6 months, some may take almost a year to achieve this. What could affect their ability to be house trained quickly is their size.
This means that if you have a pup of a smaller breed, he has a higher metabolism and may need frequent bathroom breaks. Also, your pup’s previous home can also affect the house training process. It’s possible your dog may have developed old undesirable habits. Hence you need to break it and establish new ones.
If there are setbacks, don’t get discouraged. Follow through the training and be consistent. You may need to take your puppy out so offer him rewards. It may take some time, but he will learn.
How old should be your puppy to start house training
Many experts suggest that house training should begin when your puppy is around 12 to 16 weeks old. It is expected that at this stage, he already has bladder control. In the event your pup is older than 12 weeks and have developed the habit of defecating inside his crate, you can expect that house training him may take some time. But you can reestablish his bad habits using encouragements and rewards.
House training steps for your puppy
Most training experts would recommend that confining a puppy to a certain area such as his crate is a good idea – at least for the time being. It is easier for you to watch for signs when he needs to go. It is also the time you can teach him to hold his pee or poo while you open his cage and let him out.
If you’re using a crate, make sure that your puppy has enough room to stand, turn around and lie down. Giving him a cage with lots of space on it may prompt him to use one corner as his bathroom. On the other hand, if your pup is peeing or pooping inside his cage, stop using the crate.
How to know your puppy is ready to go
Your pup will show signs that he needs to do his business. The symptoms include circling, whining, barking or sniffing –commons signs if he is confined in his crate. If he is out in the open, he may cry or scratch the door. Once you see him doing all of the above, take him out right away.
The do’s and don’t’s of house training your pup
- Don’t punish your pup if he had an accident. It will only lead to your puppy fearing you.
In the event you catch him eliminating, you can clap loudly. This action will let him know that he had done something wrong.
- Remember your pup is not mentally able to connect your anger with his wrongdoing. If you found the evidence but never really saw him doing it, don’t get angry at him.
- Lastly, clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners as they will leave an odor that would likely attract your puppy back to the same spot.