HOW TO HOUSE- TRAIN YOUR DOG
House training you dog or puppy requires patience, commitment and positive reinforcement. While you’re are training, few setbacks are a part of the process but as long as you continue a pattern, they will learn. Follow these basic house training guidelines to get the newest member of your family on the right track.
Keep A Schedule
Puppies do best on a regular schedule. The schedule teaches them that there are times to eat, times to play and times to do their business. Stick to a schedule and try not to miss even one designated “outside time” since your dog will learn to associate these outside trips with relieving himself. Puppies have small bladders and will have to be taken outside more frequently – at least every two hours – and immediately after they wake up and after eating or drinking.
Feeding you pooch at the same time will make it easier to predict when your dog will need to go to the bathroom, making house training easier. Feed you dog at the same time in the morning and at night, then wait 20 to 30 minutes before taking him outside.
Pick a Bathroom Spot Outside
Always take your puppy on a leash to the same place each and every time you go outside. Dogs are creatures of habit. Use a verbal cue, when you’ve reached the spot in order for them to eventually associate it with the place.
Reward your puppy and praise every time they eliminate outside
Dogs learn best through positive reinforcement. Every time your puppy is able to eliminate outside in his designated spot, praise or reward him with a little treat. Be consistent when it comes to rewarding, because rewarding you dog for going outdoors is the only way to teach what’s expected of them. But time the reward correctly, make sure you give him a treat and praise right after he finishes relieving himself.
Supervise your puppy
Don’t give your puppy an opportunity to soil in the house; keep an eye on them whenever they’re indoors. Learn to interpret signs that your dog has to go. Signs include walking around stiffly, sniffing the floor, holding his tail in a funny position, and so on. When you see these signs, immediately grab the leash and take him outside right away to the designated spot. Include a verbal cue, such as saying, “outside” before you take him out. If they eliminate praise them and reward with a treat. Intercepting the puppy before he goes in the house is the best way to house train quickly.
When you can’t supervise, confine
If you leave your puppy free to roam the house at night, he’s sure to end up soiling the floor. Restrict them to an area small enough that they won’t want to eliminate there. Dogs don’t like to soil their dens, so your dog will try to wait until he can go outside to relieve himself. Dogs should see their crates as safe spaces and enjoy spending time there. Keeping your dog in a crate is not meant to be a form of punishment. Dogs need plenty of exercise and playtime too, so you should never leave them crated for more than a few hours at a time or overnight.
Expect your puppy to have a few accidents in the house – it’s a normal part of housetraining.
If your puppy makes a mess in the house (and he definitely will), do not rub your dog’s face in his mess. Contrary to some beliefs, this does not teach a dog not to eliminate in the house and you’ll just end up scaring him.
Clean up the mess right away thoroughly to get rid of the scent. If your puppy smells an old mess in a certain spot, he’ll think of that as a bathroom spot. Don’t punish your puppy for making a mess. Punishment will often do more harm than good.