Your house is a brand new world for your puppy, and he isn’t familiar with this new home. To him, your home is a “strange” house and he is going to be very nervous. That would be his first instinct. This is why you would need to learn how to house train a puppy so that you can calm him down in 7 days and make him be part of your family member.
The trick to house training a puppy is to teach him to know what he can expect from you. That means you need to set the boundaries.
Following are few considerations that will help you with your house training planning .
1. The first step in house training your puppy is to really assess what you can do to control. How much space is available for your pet? Is he going to be an indoor dog only? Or is he to be an outdoor dog?
2. What will you do with him at night? Do you have a crate? How large is it? Are you prepared to clean it? If you don’t have a crate, maybe you should consider one. If you do have a crate, make sure it is big enough for your dog to turn around, but not too big for him to use it as his “toilet”. I would recommend to go for a wire crate, which can withstand your dog biting.
3. As a complement to have a crate, you need to have some treats to teach and reinforce good behavior. What you don’t want is a treat that can just “spoil” your puppy. Make sure the treats are something that he doesn’t get in his regular diet.
4. You are only going to have a few treats, so don’t give him lots of treats for doing nothing. It is better to only reward him when he does what you wants him to do. If you keep giving him treats, he will lose interest and rewards will no longer be something that he longs for.
5. Every dog training session should include one single command that you want your puppy to learn and carry out. These are usually some basic commands such as “Sit”. “Down”, “Wait”, “Heel”, “Come”.
6. A useful piece of “tool” that you should consider buying is collar and leash. As a minimum, you should have a basic collar and leash for your pet training when you bring him out for a walk.
7. Select a Potty Spot. You should divide the areas of your residence into sections, usually pick a corner of the backyard that is out of the way and a convenient place to put the puppy’s pad.
Unfortunately, your young puppy does not have the refined understanding of this arrangement and will often go to locations other than the designated spot when he needs to eliminate. So a puppy training pad should be placed in that section of yard as well as several other locations.
So where should the potty spot be? (Designate his potty area outdoors). The answer is simple: it should be several feet away from your house, but not too far so that your pet will be in “time” to reach the spot during potty time. Some people set aside a section of their yard for the potty spot. This is definitely a great idea if your puppy will grow into a large dog.
Next, you need to decide where your puppy is going to go in the yard, and how he is going to get there. The two best ways to do this are either taking him outside on a leash, so he has to be close to you, or putting your puppy on a crate, which is a good way to travel. Both have their pros and cons, but generally both work well.
It is recommended to shadow walk your puppy several times before he is fully potty trained. This is to ensure that he can get used to go to the same spot and will be able to relate going potty to going outside. If you do this properly, you’ll have a very well trained puppy!
8. Establish a feeding routine. A smart puppy house training schedule should include a reliable potty schedule. Basically, the schedule would go something like this:
–Puppy Food Time (usually 1 to 2 times per day).
–Puppy Potty Schedule (After each meal, after a nap, before sleep and in morning after wake up)
The key to any successful dog training is patience. If you become impatient with your dog and punish her for mistakes she makes, she will become fearful, which can create problems in house training her.
You will also need to build a relationship with your puppy. The first thing you need to do is to establish the fact that you are the leader. The leader of the pack is the one that tells the rest of the pack what to do or not to do. The leader of the pack is also the one to set rules, and stand “up” when a problem arises. You need to make sure your puppy understands that you are the leader, and that he is a step below you.
The other thing to remember is to give your puppy lots of love and praise when he does what you want him to do. Remember that even though you are training your dog, he is also a pack animal and he needs love and acceptance, just like you do.
This may seem like a lot of work, but just remember the biggest secret of house training a puppy: Consistency. Once you have choose a routine, stick to it. Puppies learned through repetition and rewards from their owners. If you are consistent, you can train your puppy (or dog for that matter). It does take time and effort, but it will be well worth effort!