Puppies are not quite different from babies. They spread the same joy and showers of love when it comes to having one around. Let’s say your bundle of barking happiness just arrived, and you are absolutely thrilled with every pounce and whim. Welcome to the fun filled days! We wish you that this energy from your puppy (and you, most importantly) never dies down. It is sad that many dog lovers and owners lose the battle quite early when it comes to raising a pup. The most common reason for this is one issue: potty training a puppy or housebreaking a pup. Of course, no denying the fact that it is hard and tiresome to keep cleaning behind a pup that is busy making a mess out of your carpets and cushions. You dream about the days when your pup will be able to defecate or urinate outside your home or in the allotted place without the need for you to lead. We understand how difficult this is, but you need to be reassured with the fact that housebreaking a puppy or even an adult dog is doable. You need just one thing above all strategies: patience.
The major reason behind the abandonment of pups and adult dogs is the lack of consistent care from the dog owner. Either they are unable to make time or they find it stressful. Apart from the lethargy they face in walking their dogs outdoor, the prime issue is potty training. If you are an anxious dog owner or soon to be one, please remember; every other dog parent has been through this, it is normal and they have done it. Pack yourself ample amount of persistence, patience and commitment and find out how to housebreak your puppy.
Irrespective of the breed, all puppies have a very quick digestive system. 5 minutes after their food or water, they might find the need to relieve themselves, while some puppies might take time upto 30 minutes. This is how their body works and you can do nothing to change that. Embrace this fact and be ready to take the measures to housebreak the puppy.
Buy a crate
Dogs are naturally conditioned to keep their living space clean. They are den animals and it is inbuilt in their system, not to urinate in the space they sleep. Housebreaking will be much easier if you buy a crate for your puppy. Make sure that the crate is big enough for the puppy to move around, big enough to accommodate the future full grown dog. Once you get a crate, this is what you got to do
- Every morning as the first thing, let your pup out of the crate and lead him on a leash to the area where you want him to relieve himself. If it is outside your home or on the lawn take him for a walk and wait until he defecates and urinates.
- Once he does that, provide lots of positive reinforcement. Say loudly ‘Very good’, pat your pup, and give a belly rub and a treat. The puppy will soon learn that this action will be rewarded.
- Keep him inside the crate when his meals are provided, and also for his sleep time. This way the puppy will learn that this is his space for food and sleep, his very own cosy den.
- Soon after every meal or water, follow the same routine. Take him out.
- If at all your puppy eliminates inside the crate or anywhere else at home, clean the place immediately. Do not punish your pup, be patient until he learns. Dogs naturally visit the same place where they last eliminated, hence clean as soon as possible and sterilize the place to remove the scent as much as you can.
- When your puppy is inside the crate, watch for signs if they want to eliminate- sniffing quickly, short barks, going around in circles and lifting one leg (if it is a male dog). Take the pup out immediately when you notice these cues. Your pup will slowly learn that the place to relieve is out.
Be patient and positive
We cannot stress enough on how important it is to be patient during house training. Stay positive and relaxed about housebreaking your pup and enjoy the energy and joy they spread. From around 2 months of age, most puppies respond to house training quite well, while others might take a little longer. Remember that they are adapting themselves to a natural behavior, their beloved human (you!), who wants to condition them to suit your need. Be persistent, victory is yours. Meanwhile, have a happy and full filled pup hood!