Just like potty training a toddler, house training a puppy takes work. Some understand quickly while others take time. House training a puppy will take work upfront, but it will be well worth when your furry family member can let you know on his/her own that it’s time to go outside.
How long will it take to house train a puppy?
Fully house training a puppy can take 4-6 months, but some puppies may take up to a year. Taking the time to be consistent during this time will be well worth it over the life of your pup.
When should you begin house training a puppy?
Start to early and they aren’t ready. Wait too long and they will have picked up some bad habits. Choosing the right time to begin is key. Most experts recommend house training your puppy when he/she is between 12 and 16 weeks old.
How to house train a puppy:
Know that successfully housebreaking a dog will take consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. Here are a few tips to successfully house train a puppy.
1. Be consistent:
Maintaining a regular feeding schedule and outdoor time will help you get – and keep – your puppy on a schedule.
When you finish housetraining your puppy, you should be able only take your dog outside during the following times:
- first thing in the morning
- after each meal
- after each nap
- before bedtime
As time goes on, your dog might even sit by the door to let you know he/she needs to gout outside.
However, when you first house train your puppy, you’ll want to go outside during the four times mentioned above, as well as the times mentioned in step 2.
2. Take your puppy outside on a schedule:
When you first begin to house train your puppy, it might seem like you are spending most of your time outdoors. But as time goes on, you will be able to spread out the potty breaks.
- For the first few days, take your puppy outside every 30 minutes to use the bathroom.
- If your puppy successfully holds his/her bladder for a couple of days, then you can move to going outside every 45 minute.
- Extend to once an hour as the puppy begins to hold his/her bladder longer. Next, go outside every two hours.
- Then only during your consistent scheduled routine.
TIP: Go to the same spot each time you take the puppy outside to use the bathroom.
TIP: Give your puppy treats whenever he/she successfully uses the bathroom outside.
3. Positive reinforcement:
Of course there will be accidents. But instead of punishing or scaring your puppy, deal with him/her positively.
After an accident, take the puppy outside to the designated spot. If the puppy goes again outside, give them a treat.
Then come inside and properly clean it up. Fortunately, Bounty makes it easy to clean up those messes so you can give them a little #Furgiveness!
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