Many people love dogs especially puppies. Some even provide rooms and dresses their puppies and treat them like a part of the family, But if you want to live with a puppy inside the house, housebreaking your puppy is the very first thing that you should do.
Housebreaking a Puppy
Always remember that puppies cannot control their bowel habits until they are around 12 weeks old. You should teach them to eliminate properly outside the house. Observe your puppy. If you saw signs of him like circling, pacing and sniffing on the floor, that only means one thing: it’s time for him to do his business. Take him immediately outside the house. Always bring him to the same place where he did his business so that he will be trained to go there whenever he eliminates. Teach him to learn a command from you by using a phrase associated with his actions like “No”, “Outside”, that you will consistently use for him to understand.
Another way to house train your puppy is to put him in a crate that’s just big enough for him to sleep in. The puppy’s crate will be his room where he can have his privacy. Just like humans, puppies have this natural instinct in them to keep the place where they eat, sleep and play clean. Putting the puppy in a crate teaches him to hold his bladder for a longer time than expected. A crate also provides the advantage to prevent accidents when you cannot supervise the puppy. It also stops our puppies from chewing toys and destroying things in our houses, thus, making the housebreak training easier and our houses mess free.
When housebreaking your own puppy, the commands that you will use should be consistent. This is to prevent confusion of your puppy.
Keep an eye on the puppy if you don’t want any accident in your house. This method requires most of your time but also gives you the opportunity to monitor if your housebreaking has any positive results.
If you caught him in the core of an accident, never hit him or push his nose on the mess. Doing it might just teach him to fear and avoid you. Say “No” and bring him immediately outside. Praise him and give a reward after letting him finish his business outside. If you found an accident inside the house but did not catch him, don’t punish him. He will not have any idea of your scolding. Just clean up the mess and forget about it.
The feeding schedule affects the housebreaking of the puppy. If you feed the puppy consistently on the same schedule, he is more likely to eliminate on the same schedule as well, which makes the housebreaking easier for both of you.
Many people don’t know how to housebreak their puppy the right way. They often resort to punishments and scolding their puppies. Puppies are young and do not have any idea of their actions. If he does mistakes, try to understand him and have more patience. It’s the best thing that you can do to get and have the best result that you want. Housebreaking puppies may be a difficult task but if you do it in the right way you’ll be glad that you completed.