So you brought your puppy home. Now what? The first few weeks in your home with a new puppy is where the house training should begin. You can have as much success as you would like, just be prepared for the inevitable.
Naturally you will want to feed your puppy and give him water, you do not want him to go thirsty or get sick. For the first few weeks, he will probably need to go to the toilet A LOT. He will also probably whine, bark and howl very frequently. This is when you should start your house training as soon as possible.
Always take your puppy out immediately if he starts sniffing around, circling, or begin to whine. It is important not to punish him for any accident occur in your house. This will usually confuse him and be afraid of you. You should say a firm “No” and bring him to the right potty spot. Of course, if you did not catch him in action, you should just clean up the mess.
If you do not have a yard, get a fake grassy patch that looks and smells like real grass to train your dog for potty. Walk your dog on his leash to that area and say something like, “Go Pee!” The moment your dog pees on that spot, praise him (using a happy, high-pitched tone of voice and a hand clap) and give him a treat.
To make it easier for you and your puppy, you may want to consider crate training him. It keeps him from wandering around the house and also helps him to learn potty training.
In fact, I would consider crate training to be one of the most popular methods to house-train new puppy and one that works very well. It is easy to do and will not confuses your dog in any way. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is not to leave your puppy in a crate for longer than 2 hours when you are first starting out the training.
Soon he will learn where he is supposed to sleep and where to eat. He might even learned to hold his pee and poo till he goes out of the crate to outside for his potty. If your puppy is sleeping in his crate, be sure to take him out for potty as soon as he wakes up.
Using treats is a powerful training tool. Give your dog something to look forward to. All dogs love treats, so find something that he will enjoy and that will motivate him to do what you want him to do. The key point is to teach your dog what he should and should not be doing.
With a new puppy, you should use something that he has never had before such as a yeast dough. Some owners would prefer meat-flavored dog food, but actually your puppy won’t know the difference. As long as this is something that he likes, that would be an awesome treat for him.
Having boundaries and rules about the house are good for your dog during the house training. Don’t ever think that you are making it difficult for your dog to learn. This will in fact assist you in teaching what your puppy the Do and Don’t in your home and your expectation from him.
If you have a dog that chews a lot of furniture, you may be tempted to give up. However don’t. Although chewing is a common problem, it is often a treatable behavior. Dogs naturally chew, so ensure that you have a variety of chew toys before he starts chewing on furniture.
If you catch him actually chewing on furniture, do not yell at him. Instead, just give him a chew toy and then praise him for chewing on it. You want him to know that he is doing something right. So occasional chewing should not be discouraged but controlled.
The key to any behavior training is patience. Your dog will need time to know what he needs to refrain from doing and the right actions or behaviors that he have to perform. You should not hit or yell your puppy for any of his wrong doing. There should be NO harsh punishments. You should be communicating to your pet that you are the alpha, and through your actions, train him to “move” towards what you want.
Are you aware that cute or cute-sounding puppy names can also lead your dog to be uncooperative, afraid, or even both. Using a name that sounds like a command can also lead him to respond mistakenly, especially if you’re speaking it to your dog for a specific action. Pick a name that you can use in both ways and you’ll be better off.
Naming your puppy is as important as naming your baby. You’re doing yourself and your pooch a huge disservice by giving him a name that you may not really want to use later. Keep in mind that you would have to use your puppy’s name in your house training in time to come.
When you are correcting your dog’s behavior, you would want to discourage him from the wrong action or behavior the moment you catch him in action. You should also reward him for doing the right thing in the right place.
Remember, consistency is key. If your family members are also involved in the training, they should also use the same phrase and commands. Of course, getting your puppy fully house trained is not an easy thing to do, but making certain steps and being patient will go a long way in making this thing happen.
It is very heart warming to have a well trained dog, from a pup to a grown dog, it makes the relationship all that much richer and the joy just cannot be denied. What is most important during the training is to have patience with your puppy and to always offer your love and kindness to him.