Steps for House Training Your Pup
One of the biggest concerns of new pet parents is the challenging process of pet house training. Whether you adopted a puppy or an older dog, the house training period can be nerve-racking if your fur baby has never had any form of house training at all, or has already acquired bad habits from his previous home.
In order to instil good habits in your pet, you need to have tons of patience, practise consistency and make use of positive reinforcement by giving him treats, toys and lots of praise. Note that house training a puppy can take anywhere between four and six months, although some pups can take a year or so to be fully house trained. Ideally, you should only start house training your pup once he is about three to four months old. At this stage, he would have better bladder control and more or less regular bowel movements. However, if your pup is used to pooping in a crate, the house training process may take longer. You will need to be patient enough to help your dog reform from his old ways by making use of rewards and consistently giving him encouragement.
Once you start with the house training proper, try to limit the roaming space of your pup. You can keep him temporarily confined to a room, a crate or have him on a leash. As he gradually learns that he has to be outdoors to do his business properly, you can give him more space and freedom to move around the
house. As you continue with your pup’s house training, be mindful of the following steps:
- Your puppy must have a regular feeding schedule.
- Avoid free feeding; always take away his food in between meals.
- Take him outside to empty his bowels and bladder at a fixed time in the morning. Do the same every 30 minutes to one hour, as well as after meals and after taking a nap. Take him out again at night and just before his bedtime.
- Let your puppy use the same spot every single time he has to poop. The scent will lead him to the spot, but be there anyway and stay with him until he is finished. Repeat this until he is fully house trained.
- Give him nutritious premium treats like Next Generation beef bites or roo discs by Meals for Mutts every time he does a good deed, or be generous with your praises. You can also reward him by giving him time to play with his favourite twist-in treat toy by JW, or taking him for a stroll around the neighbourhood.
There will be days when you might feel you’re losing your patience. Don’t.
The trick here is to show appreciation for your dog’s good behaviour consistently, to inculcate good habits.
Just ignore him when he’s acting out. Soon, he’ll realise that his human parent is happiest when he is good.
When this happens, you’ll be getting compliments for having such a well-mannered, cute dog in no time.