House Training Guide: Part 1. 12/06/09
This guide shows you how to potty train your puppy quickly and effectively.
House training must be the most important task to train to your new puppy. Nobody wants an adult dog urinating in the house but fortunately the process is pretty simple. In this article I break down a simple training process that will allow you to train your puppy or adult dog to go to the bathroom in the appropriate place and on command.
How often should your puppy be let out?
As soon as you get home/ get up let your puppy out to potty immediately- give your puppy opportunities! Your puppy needs to go out every hour in the early stages of puppy training. Make sure you dog has been to the toilet before putting him to bed. Feed puppy your dog outside (most puppies need to go within minutes of eating/drinking).
How do I teach my puppy to ‘go potty’ when I want?
As your puppy squats to go to the toilet label the behaviour with a command. I use ‘busy’ when a puppy goes in the right place and then follow that up with a treat. If your puppy has an accident inside do not scold them simply pick them up and lead them outside and praise for finishing outside.
Should I tell my puppy off when it has an accident inside?
If you catch your puppy going whilst you are in the room, make a high pitched noise to distract and then pick your puppy up and rush outside they can finish their business outside. When you come home and find a mess, don’t chastise just pop your puppy outside (dogs don’t know what they are being punished for unless caught in the act). All chastising your puppy will do is cause your puppy to fear going to the toilet in front of you. This means when you take your puppy outside to go it will not want to go with you watching. Clean thoroughly with a non ammonia based product, as ammonia will encourage your puppy to repeat the accident in the same area.
Should I crate train my puppy?
Crate training is a great idea if used properly. You need to make sure the whole of the crate is covered in bedding as dogs are reluctant to go on their own bed. However, a puppy must learn to love its crate and not see it as a punishment.
Should I use puppy potty training pads?
I used to use newspaper for toilet training my puppies, until I discovered puppy training pads. They have a scent that encourages your puppy to toilet on them and they absorb the urine so there is no nasty residue all over your floor. Basically like a fold out nappy / diaper.
Simple Solution Economy Puppy Training Pads (US)
You can also buy them in the UK made by the RSPCA
RSPCA Puppy Training Pads – Pack of 40.
What should I do once my puppy has toileted in the right place?
When you take your puppy out, do not rush him or her back inside as soon as they have been. If you do take your puppy straight back in it will teach them to hold on longer as they will know peeing quickly means outside time is over. So once your pup has been to the toilet, spend a little time outside giving him or her affection.
Keeping it clean
If you don’t fancy putting all of your dogs mess in with your rubbish then you can now buy dog loo’s. They generally come with a solution that helps degrade the poop quickly and stops the awful smell.
Good Boy Clean Green Dog Loo.
Just remember we have all had to go through this at one point or another it’s just a simple fact of being a puppy owner. If you stick to these very simple rules you should see great results in around two weeks!