Poo in the house should not scare you when you get a puppy. After all, the cute dog babies still have a very untrained bladder and an unfinished digestive system. In the beginning, it is, therefore, more common to drain water in the house. But you should not blame the puppies for this. Just like human children, they have to learn how to go to the bathroom. Therefore, as a dog owner, it is your job to get the puppy housebroken through proper training. This sounds more difficult than it is. Dogs are by nature very clean contemporaries. Little puppies would never wet their owner’s lap or their sleeping place.
Basically, you get your puppy housebroken by watching him closely. Pay attention to how he behaves when he needs to go to the bathroom. That way you’ll always know when it’s time to go outside. You can tell when it’s time to go outside by the way the puppy looks for a place to go before it urinates. Here you need to quickly intervene and carry him outside.
Immediately Begin To Educate The Puppy
There is a rumor circulating that puppies should be educated only after a certain “grace period”. This is a misconception, as puppies are particularly receptive and capable of learning during the first few weeks. In the so-called imprinting phase, which lasts until the 20th week of life, the young dog learns most easily things like letting water outside the house. Because of this, you should start with the education already a few days after the purchase of the puppy. The most important thing is to get the puppy housebroken. Keep calm and serenity. Like humans, dogs need time to learn effectively. Bad words are therefore a no-go!
The Be-all And End-all Of Puppy Training: Praise Instead Of Rebuke
Dogs learn best according to the reward principle. If they get a treat after an action, they understand that they have done something right. They also hope to get another reward in the form of praise or a treat next time. That’s why you should praise the puppies enough after every successful business outside.
It is taboo to scold the dog. Puppies are very sensitive and react very anxiously to bad words. Besides, reprimanding usually has the opposite effect. If you scold your puppy when it does its business in the house, it will simply look for a more deserted corner next time out of fear. Therefore, focus on explaining to the dog how to do it correctly and praise him clearly when he does his business outside the house.
If you catch your dog peeing in the house, a simple “no” will do. Then pick the puppy up directly and carry him into the garden. Such mishaps can happen even after the puppy has become accustomed to doing its business outside regularly. He is still young and sometimes can’t keep his bladder under control. It is not until dogs are about four months old that they can fully control their bladder and bowels. Feelings such as excitement or fear can also cause the puppy to urinate uncontrollably. As you can see, however, uncontrolled urination is never ill-intentioned, but as the term “uncontrolled” implies, a physical loss of control.
Remnants of mishaps are best removed with a strong-smelling cleaner. This way, the remnants disappear not only to the eye but also to the nose. Make sure the cleaner does not contain ammonia (an example would be vinegar cleaner), as the ammonia smell encourages dogs to pee at the site of the scent.
Housebreaking Puppies: Here’s How You Go About It
Limit The Range Of Motion
In order to keep an eye on your puppy, you should not let him run around the house unobserved. So that you can leave the room without worrying, it is advisable to assign a certain area to the puppy. You can limit this by a playpen or a certain puppy fence.
Find A Fixed Place For The Business
To make it easier for the puppy to get used to water or poop outside the house, you should assign a fixed place for it. If you do not want the dog to defecate in the garden, train him to pee in a place outside the garden. It is very difficult to get the puppy out of the habit of urinating in a previously selected place. In his new “regular” place, the puppy should not be distracted by anything and should be somewhat in the green. He needs the latter to be able to sniff. While he is doing his business, you can leave him alone and just be present. If you like, you can also walk up and down a bit.
After your puppy has defecated, stay outside with him for a bit. Dogs like to be outdoors. If it goes directly back inside after urinating, your puppy may delay his business in order to stay outside longer.
Get A Routine Going
In order for housetraining to be successful, you should put some routine into letting them do their business if possible. To do this, however, the question arises:
When Does The Puppy Need To Urinate?
After eating, waking up, or even playing and romping, the puppy usually needs to urinate. Other signs are restlessness. The puppy expresses this by sniffing around everywhere, spinning around, running to the door several times, or optimally already in the direction of the usual spot in the garden. Overall, puppies under three months urinate much more frequently, more precisely every 1.5 to 2 hours. In the third and fourth months, the pee is announced only every three hours and in the fifth and sixth it is only every four. Therefore, it is better to take too many pee breaks than too few.
Establish A Command
Some dogs find it helpful to have a fixed word associated with urination. This can then be used later as a command. This so-called release word then also signals to the dog later, for example during walks, that he may urinate. Long car trips and visits to friends can also be made pee-free in advance.
Regulated Procedure In The Evening
Especially in the evening, a set routine is essential for a puppy. This schedule should be characterized by recurring temporal rituals. Dinner, the last exit, and going to bed must always take place at the same time.
Be Prepared At Night
A large cardboard box, a lockable dog crate, or a dog basket is suitable as sleeping quarters for a puppy. However, it is important that the sleeping place of your puppy is near your bed. This way you will not only hear if the puppy needs to go to sleep during the night, but you will also not expose him to loneliness. Being alone in the dark is still very scary for the puppy and can cause him to urinate unnoticed.
Just in case, you should be prepared at night and have your coat, keys and shoes next to your bed. This way, you can quickly get outside to the regular spot in case of an emergency. Also, despite the late hour, don’t forget to praise your little rascal. At night, you’ll notice your baby dog’s urge to urinate by loud whining or scratching noises. Since he doesn’t come out of his sleeping box alone and keeps his lair as clean as possible, he will definitely call attention to himself before urinating. Don’t set an alarm clock at night though! Dogs quickly get used to time sequences and then make it a habit to have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
How Long Does It Take For Puppies To Become Housebroken?
An exact time cannot be determined for this. It depends on the breed, the breeder, and the puppy itself. Some dogs are already housebroken in a few weeks, other four-legged friends need months for this. Unfortunately, a bladder infection can often cause setbacks.
If your puppy is not housebroken even after several months, it is best to talk to a vet. The reason for this can be besides organic illnesses also psychological problems. Dogs with severe trauma contaminate their territory out of protest. In this rare case, you can turn to special dog trainers.
No Garden As A Peeing Place: What To Do?
In a city apartment without a garden, it often becomes difficult with a small puppy peeing uncontrollably. However, keeping a puppy in an apartment is of course not impossible. A remedy is a pee mat, so-called training pads, or a tub with a flat edge. This way you create a dog toilet inside the house and can train the puppy to defecate here. It is important that the peeing place is located at the door or balcony door, so the dog knows if there is time, it is best to go outside.
Be careful when using newspapers. Many puppy owners use newspaper laid out instead of a tub as the dog’s litter box in the house. However, this can cause the adult dog to remember old puppy days later when seeing newspaper and pee uncontrollably.
Acquiring A Puppy Very Time Consuming
As you’ve probably noticed while reading, a puppy takes up quite a bit of time. As a child, he is still very inexperienced, sensitive, and has to learn a lot of new things. Therefore, you should only get a puppy if you can take care of it enough and if you don’t plan any big moves or trips in the next few months. The puppy has to get used to its new environment anyway and should therefore not be exposed to any stress. Under no circumstances should a puppy be left alone for long periods of time.
A good time to get a puppy is therefore vacation. You can spend a lot of time with the puppy and concentrate on its education and housetraining. At the same time, he has enough time to get used to you and get closer to you.