Housetraining a Puppy

It takes about 4-5 months for a puppy to be fully house-trained. You might think this is a quite a long period of time, however, consider the baby steps you take each day as you train your puppy, as well as the need to practice consistency, patience, and perseverance in dealing with “accidents” every now and then.

For some pet owners, housetraining their puppies can be a breeze, with their pets fully housetrained earlier than expected. However, there are also cases when it will take up to a year for a puppy to be fully housetrained.

There are several important factors which are known to exert a major influence on the length of time that a puppy can be successfully housetrained. One factor is the size of the dog – smaller breeds will require more trips to the toilet because of their small bladders and fast metabolism. The puppy’s age, living conditions in the past, as well as the presence of old habits may also influence the success of the training regimen.

Here are some important tips you should remember when housetraining your puppy:

Arm yourself with tons of patience

Patience is indeed a virtue during housetraining. You will soon realize how true this is when you try hard to keep your composure and be more tolerant when your pet has just had an “accident”.

Puppies follow their body’s natural schedule

Puppies also have an internal body clock that they instinctively follow, thus you should know that your pooch needs to go to the designated potty area after each meal, after sleeping, and after exercise. For good measure, try taking your puppy out every two hours, unless he’s sleeping.

Know your role and responsibility

You play a very important role in housetraining your puppy. During the early phase of the regimen, it is you who will make sure the puppy gets to his toilet area at certain times throughout the day. You will also be monitoring your pet’s every move and activity, always quick to correct a mistake in a proper manner. Many pet owners choose to place their puppy inside a crate during housetraining so they can monitor their pets and take them out when it’s time to attend to the call of nature.

When you’re in the designated toilet area, keep an eye on your dog and be quick to call his attention in case he tries to stray away from the potty area before doing his thing. Always be quick to offer a reward and some praises for good behavior. Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement in your pet’s training regimens.

Never overreact

It is a fact that “accidents” are part of the learning process. Never yell at your puppy or rub his nose on his pee or poop. These actions will never have positive outcomes. Your pet will learn to hide behind furniture or under the bed when he has to go. He will never understand why you are yelling at him. The best thing you can do is to pretend as if nothing happened. Just put your dog back in its crate or room and clean up the mess.

The best thing about housetraining is giving your puppy many opportunities to learn and get it right. It is the pet owners’ responsibility to train their pets to conform to the accepted norms of domesticity.

Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker