Caring for a puppy is much like caring for a newborn baby. They both need lots of love, guidance and attention. And just like a baby, you’ll need to teach your pup when to eat, sleep, and how to socialize.
One of the most important aspects of caring for a brand new pet is puppy potty training. And out of all of the other things your pooch will be learning as he grows, house training will probably require the most patience. Once your pup is self-sufficient and you no longer have to clean up after him, those long and tedious moments of training will long be a thing of the past.
So how do you housetrain your puppy while instilling good habits in him that will last?
Even if you’re not currently investing in dog boarding services, here are a few ideas The Barking Lot came up with that might help.
Experts say that it usually takes about 4 to 6 months to teach a young dog to potty on his own. Other factors come into play like the size of your pet and his or her metabolism. There are a few other things that also influence how quickly he learns – like consistency – which we discuss a little later.
When To Start House Training
The typical age to begin training your puppy is at about 12 to 16 weeks old. It’s around this time that your pet will begin to learn to control his bladder.
Set a Schedule
You want to make sure your pet is kept on a consistent daily routine. This way he’ll be used to eating, sleeping and eliminating at the same time. It will also help him develop the confidence he needs to be successful in the long run.
Your pup should go outside to potty:
- The first thing in the morning
- Every ½ hour to an hour after that
- After eating
- When he wakes up
- Before bed
Introducing the Crate
Create a safe place for him like a small room or a crate. Slowly introduce your pet to his new living space. Put treats or anything else he likes inside and then leave the door open – so he can go in and out. Leaving treats inside encourages him to want to be in the crate. Once he’s comfortable staying inside, close the door.
Know The Signs
You’ll want to keep an eye on your pooch in case of any accidents. Get to know the signs for when he needs to go. If he has to eliminate before his scheduled time, it’s ok to take him outside.
Rewards are the Key
Don’t forget to encourage and reward your pup each time he goes. This is the key to his success.