Once you welcome a puppy home, housetraining him becomes a top priority
Housetraining your puppy is all about patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Your goal is to instill good habits as well as build a loving bond with your pooch.
In average, it will take 4-6 months for a puppy to become fully house-trained, but some puppies can need up to a year to be fully house-trained. Size can be a predictor, too. For example, smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms, which means they need to go outside more frequently than larger breeds.
Another predictor is the puppy’s living conditions. You will find that you may need to help your puppy break old habits if you want to establish more desirable ones. You should also be aware that you might encounter a few setbacks while you are training the puppy, but don’t worry, that’s find as long as you continue your management program which includes taking the puppy out at the very first sign he needs to go and giving him rewards, with time, he will learn.
When Should I Begin Housetraining My Puppy?
It’s recommended that you begin housetraining your puppy when he is between the age of 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At this point, he has started to gain enough control of his bladder and bowel movement to learn to hold it.
If your puppy is already older than 12 weeks when you welcome him home and he has been eliminating in cage, you can expect that housetraining him will take longer than usual as you will have to reshape the dog’s behavior, you will do that using encouragement and reward.
Houestraining Your Puppy- The Steps
It’s recommended that the puppy should be confined to a defined space whether this means in a crate, room, or on a leash. As the puppy learns that he needs to go outside and do his business, you should start to give him more freedom gradually so he can roam about the house.
When You Start, Follow Those Steps
Keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule, take away the food between meals. First thing in the morning, take the puppy out, and then once every 30 minutes to an hour, you should also take him outside after meals and when he wakes from a nap. He should also go out last thing at night and before you leave him alone in the house.
Take the puppy to the same spot each time to do his business, the scent will prompt him to go. Don’t let him out and get in, stay with him outside, at least until the dog is fully housetrained. When the dog eliminates outside, give him a treat and/or praise him.