You just brought home a puppy, and your heart is full of joy. Yet the hardest part has only begun. Now you will have to house train your puppy, and this labor of love will require patience, firmness, and consistent encouragements. Your puppy, like any other dog, is brilliant, but the learning process will take some time. Here is some advice on how to house train your new dog most efficiently.
Use a crate to define your puppy’s space
Even if they are not as religious about their self-grooming routine as cats are, dogs don’t like to sit where they do their business. That means they will not be happy if the place where they sleep smells terrible. Putting your puppy in a crate is the first step you should take. The defined space will make the young dog understand that he or she will have to go outside to see about that kind of business.
Create a strong feeding routine
Puppies have small bladders and stomachs, and that means that they cannot hold much in. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that you should allow them to eat whenever they want. As the one in charge, you need to set a very firm feeding routine. Remember to remove the food bowl when the puppy is outside his or her feeding hours.
When to take your dog outside
Your puppy needs to learn a routine for eliminating urine and feces, and that this happens when you take him or her out. If you’re afraid that your dog might run off into the street, consider a wireless dog fence connected to the dog’s collar to prevent such accidents.
Take your dog outside the first thing when he or she wakes up, and the last thing before going to bed at night. Also, taking the puppy outside after each meal and each nap helps with strengthening a routine. Throughout the day repeat the same method, as dogs are no different than humans and they learn by repetition.
Don’t forget about rewards
Keep a few dog treats in your pocket when you house train your puppy. Each time the puppy eliminates outside, offer a treat as a reward. However, you might not want to get your puppy used to too much food. Also, the onset of obesity can happen at an early age, and this is something you want to avoid.
Get your puppy a dog harness, and start walking him or her around the neighborhood. Dogs love seeing new things and smelling everything they encounter. For them, such a walk can be an even more exciting reward than a treat.
Be ready for setbacks
No matter how much patience and positive reinforcement you employ, delays will still happen. Incomplete training, as well as changes in the environment, can cause your little puppy to suffer through some setbacks.
It is not needed to change your routine. Bear in mind that consistency is vital when it comes to teaching your dog such things. Continue as usual, and make sure that no other changes take place.
No punishment for accidents
Hitting and yelling at your puppy are not the ways to go when you want to house train one. The only thing you will achieve in this way is that your puppy will just fear you and nothing more. There is nothing to learn from such a situation.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should let your puppy do whatever he or she wants. If you see the new dog eliminating inside the house, clap loudly to signal that it is a bad thing. This is enough to draw attention. Reinforce good behavior with treats, and continue until your puppy is thoroughly house trained.
Allow your puppy the necessary time to know the outside world
Some puppies are shyer than others, and they need more time to feel comfortable to eliminate outside. That means that one thing you can do is to spend more time with your puppy outside. Allow him or her to sniff the area, and choose a place that is convenient. After getting used to the same spot, puppies become more willing to go there, over and over again, as their own scent guides them.