How to housetrain a puppy

Puppies are cute and cuddly beings. We do our best to make our homes feel like houses to them. But the initial stages are tough for them and us. Those little beings are scared, shy, and lonely. They are already struggling with settling in while we are trying to make them learn new tricks. The whole process of training a pup is tiresome for you and the puppy. It usually takes about 4 to 6 months to train a dog.

Pets Uniq understands your struggle. Sometimes all you need is a little guidance. Therefore, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to train your little canine fellow:

The right time

Small puppies are easier to train as they are young and haven’t developed any permanent behavior. It is tough to train a dog when it is old due to developed behavior. A developed behavior requires a complete change in behavior first. Changed behavior then leads to active learning. Therefore, it is best to train your puppy when it is 12 weeks old. It is relatively difficult to train your pup if it is older than 2 months as it starts defecating in a crate before that.

Items you need to train your pup

A crate

A crate is the best way to define boundaries. Your dog’s crate should be spacious for your pup. It should also have enough ventilation, food, and water. But it shouldn’t be large enough for your dog to use it as a bathroom. Your dog will understand that they are allowed to poop at specific places only. Hence, keep your pup in a carate till you feel like your pup needs to go.

Note: Don’t keep your puppy in it for a long time. Take your puppy out from time to time.

Dog treats

Use reward therapy to housetrain your canine fellow. It is a simple game. You just need to stock up on dog treats, and you are good. Make sure to treat your pup with its favorite dog treat whenever it doesn’t make a mess. Appreciate your dog whenever it poops at the designated location. Hence, your encouraging behavior and dog treats are enough to train your little furry fellow.

Steps to train your pup

Schedule

Keeping track of your pup’s schedule is the first step of housetraining. Feed your puppy at specific times only. Do not feed your dog during mealtimes. Your dog should have a sleeping schedule, as well. Make sure your schedule matches your dog’s schedule. This will provide you and your dog with an opportunity to stay active.

Dedicated location

Decide a location for your dog to poop. Make sure to take your dog to the same location every time. Your dog will finally start recognizing the place. It will also be easier for your dog to go there alone after a few attempts. The place should also be near your house. It should be hidden and airy. It shouldn’t cause trouble for your neighbors. It should be safe for your dog at any time of the day.

Taking out your dog

Most dog owners take their dog out for poop. Therefore, you should make your pup used to go outside of the house to poop from day one. Note down your dog’s sleeping schedule and take your dog out for a walk after every nap or whenever it wakes up. Take it out whenever it finishes a heavy meal. You can also take it out after a heavy exercise or playtime. Take it out right before it goes to bed.

Your attitude

Your attitude plays a huge role while training your little pup. Here are a few steps you need to follow:

  • Take your puppy out for pooping and stay with it till it is fully housetrained. Do not let your pup go out alone. Hence, always go out with your dog. Tell your dog that you are there.
  • Encourage your dog. Dogs appreciate the encouragement and work hard for it. Therefore, always appreciate your dog whenever it defecates outside of the house. Celebrate your pup’s success. Make sure your pup is appreciated. This will increase the desired behavior more.
  • Treat your pup with its favorite dog treat whenever it defecates outside of the house. This will also encourage your puppy. Hence, it will also make your puppy happy.
  • Do not punish your puppy. Acting angrily towards your puppy will increase their negative behavior. This sometimes leads to excessive anxiety, which causes urine spraying within the house. Therefore, try to avoid it as much as you can. Hence, do not overreact whenever your pup makes a mess.
  • If you catch your dog making a mess in the house, then make a loud noise or dash. This will immediately stop your dog. Your dog will start to associate the sound with that act. It will begin to consider that this act is wrong and should be avoided.
  • Clean your puppy’s mess immediately. The mess made by puppies can cause a lot of viral diseases and infections. Hence, it is harmful to you, your children, and your dog as well.
  • Spend more time with your puppy outdoors during housetraining. Puppies take time to adjust and get comfortable with pooping outside. Therefore, bear with your pup and spend time outdoors.
  • Do not harm your dog in any case. Do not use a leash or anything else to harm your dog physically. It violates animal rights. It is inhumane and unethical. Hence, physical violence or abuse is highly discouraged and is considered a crime.

Conclusion

The above points are an excellent way to housetrain your pup without external help. However, if your pup isn’t learning, then you should check with your vet. Poop time issues are usually related to underlying issues. Hence, correcting it should be your first step. Pups are scared and intimidated by a new setup and home. It could be causing them to make a mess everywhere. Hence, try to understand your puppy. Your consistency and patience are the best ways to housetrain your pup. Just try your best and keep encouraging your little fellow.

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