Household manners are at the top of the list when you bring home your new puppy, at least for most new dog owners. Know that your puppy wants to please you, but she’ll need to learn the new rules. As such, it’s your job to lay down those rules–meaning you must let her know them from the start. Don’t just let her try to figure it all out for herself because everyone will be disappointed, frustrated, and upset. Puppies need firm grounding in domestic etiquette. Show her where she should “go” and tell her “no” when she does something wrong. There’s no need to yell–nor should you! Just be firm. Remember this: each allowed mistake will be repeated, and then some. These “mistakes” will quickly turn into bad habits that could be hard to break, even when housetraining puppy tips.
So, do what’s right from day one: teach it good habits. The good habits will be as sustainable as the bad ones, which is a good thing to remember. As such, be diligent when designing the home to ensure that housetraining is as effortless and with as little room for error as possible. The same is true with regards to chewtoy training.
That brings us to confinement, which makes domesticating a dog most successful. In confinement, a puppy will learn good habits, if only through the prevention of mistakes. A confined puppy in its early stages, when it is in its first weeks at home, will enjoy more freedom in adulthood, as she will be trusted. When a puppy is housetrained so that it doesn’t eliminate in the home, and when it is chewtoy trained so that it doesn’t eat up your furniture and personal belongings will then be able to enjoy a happier life.
Housetraining Puppy Tips When You’re Absent From the Home
Set up a long-term confinement area in the home, like a bathroom or the kitchen, for example. Be sure to provide it with a comfortable bed and fresh water. Provide chewtoys for her to play, and preferably stuffed with treats or dog food. Prepare an area for her to eliminate far away from her bed.
This is her chance to shine. If she has the need to eliminate, she can, and if she needs to chew on something, she has chewtoys! Ensure the area is clear of all other things she can get into. When she behaves as expected or hoped, praise her!
Housetraining Puppy Tips When You’re Home
Use the confinement area for long-term session or for a short-term solution, use a dog crate. Play with your puppy a little each hour. Use this hour to train it and then lead her to her den (dog crate). As soon as she’s released from her den, every hour or so, lead the puppy to the designated elimination area. Her den should be equipped with chewtoys, too so that she gets into the good habit of chewing on items meant to be chewed.
Gradually, you should move the crate to another room so that she can prepare herself for when she’ll be left alone. No one is expected to stay at home 24/7 with their dogs.
Consistency is key to successful training and doggie domestication. Reprimanding when necessary will avoid mistakes from happening and from becoming the norm.
Praise and Rewards are a Must
When your puppy eliminates in the “right” place, praise her with a friendly tone, hugs, and a treat. It won’t take long for your puppy to realize that there are great rewards that come with proper behavior and with eliminating in the appropriate place. She’ll realize that there are no rewards when soiling the home.
That said, timing is crucial in housetraining. While there is the “gift” of prediction involved on the part of the owner, it is up to the owner to “read” their puppy over a few days. However, a puppy tends to urinate almost as soon as it awakens for a nap, following by defecation minutes afterwards. Sometimes that means having to wake the puppy when you’re ready.
Keep in mind that a dog crate will help you predict elimination much better. A confined puppy will try its hardest to avoid peeing or pooping in its crate because its a small area, and dogs don’t like soiling their sleeping ares. Therefore, be prepared to let her out immediately after being released from her crate.
Note: While you may not like the idea of an indoor toilet for your puppy, keep in mind that puppies should not be out and about before they are completely immunized for their own protection. They can, of course, use their backyard for elimination.