What To Expect
House Training a Puppy
Unless you can monitor your puppy 24 hours a day, don't expect the house
training process to be completed until your puppy is at least 6 months
old. It's normal for a young puppy to be a little 'input-output'
machine. Since puppies are growing and developing rapidly at this stage,
they eat more food, burn up more energy and seem to need to eliminate
constantly! They also have not yet developed bowel and bladder control,
so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.
House Training When You Are NOT Home
Confine your puppy to a small, 'puppy-proofed' room and paper the entire
floor. Put his bed, toys and food/water bowls there. At first there will
be no rhyme or reason to where your pup eliminates. He will go every
where and any where. He will also probably play with the papers, chew on
them, and drag them around his little den.
Most puppies do this and you just have to live with it. Don't get upset;
just accept it as life with a young puppy. The important thing is that
when you get home, clean up the mess and lay down fresh papers.
Passive House Training or Paper Training
While your puppy is confined, he is developing a habit of eliminating on
paper because no matter where he goes, it will be on paper. As time goes
on, he will start to show a preferred place to do his business. When
this place is well established and the rest of the papers remain clean
all day, then gradually reduce the area that is papered.
Start removing the paper that is furthest away from his chosen location.
Eventually you will only need to leave a few sheets down in that area
only. If he ever misses the paper, then you've reduced the area too
soon. Go back to papering a larger area or even the entire room.
Once your puppy is reliably going only on the papers you've left, then
you can slowly and gradually move his papers to a location of your
choice. Move the papers only an inch a day. If puppy misses the paper
again, then you're moving too fast. Go back a few steps and start over.
Don't be discouraged if your puppy seems to be making remarkable
progress and then suddenly you have to return to papering the entire
room. This is normal. There will always be minor set-backs. If you stick
with this procedure, your puppy will be paper trained.
House Training When You Are Home
When you are home but can't attend to your puppy, follow the same
procedures described above. However, the more time you spend with your
puppy, the quicker he will be house trained. Your objective is to take
your puppy to his toilet area every time he needs to eliminate. This
should be about once every 45 minutes; just after a play session; just
after eating or drinking; and just upon waking.
When he does eliminate in his toilet area, praise and reward him
profusely and enthusiastically! Don't use any type of reprimand or
punishment for mistakes or accidents. Your puppy is too young to
understand and it can set the house training process back drastically.
Don't allow your puppy freedom outside of his room unless you know
absolutely for sure that his bladder and bowels are completely empty.
When you do let him out, don't let him out of your sight. It is a good
idea to have him on leash when he is exploring your home. He can't get
into trouble if you are attached to the other end of the leash.
Every 30 minutes return your pup to his toilet area. As your puppy
becomes more reliable about using his toilet area and his bowel and
bladder control develops, he can begin to spend more time outside his
room with you in the rest of your home. Begin by giving him access to
one room at a time. Let him eat, sleep and play in this room but only
when he can be supervised. When you cannot supervise him, put him back
in his room.
Active House Training
The most important thing you can do to make house training happen as
quickly as possible is to reward and praise your puppy every time he
goes in the right place. The more times he is rewarded, the quicker he
will learn. Therefore it's important that you spend as much time as
possible with your pup and give him regular and frequent access to his
The Key To Successful House Training
Consistency and Patience. Never scold or punish your puppy for mistakes
and accidents. The older your pup gets, the more he will be able to
control his bladder and bowels. Eventually your pup will have enough
control that he will be able to "hold it" for longer and longer periods
of time. Let your puppy do this on his own time. When training is
rushed, problems usually develop. Don't forget, most puppies are not
reliably house trained until they are at least 6 months old.
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