There’s almost nothing more annoying than puddles of urine - or worse - in your apartment. But your dog has to relieve itself somewhere. House training puppies is particularly challenging. How does it work? Which tips can you use in house training your dog? And what will you do if the training doesn’t work? Here you’ll find all the answers to your questions about house training your puppy.
Animals have natural needs. However, it can be hard to forgive your dog if he pees on the couch or destroys your new favourite trousers. In order to house train your dog, the first thing you need to do is understand:
Observation helps. But training your dog can still take several weeks, sometimes even months. What will help you and your dog survive this learning process together?
Your dog doesn’t understand what he’s done wrong when you scold him. He might even associate this reaction with the fact that he has peed or defecated at all. As a result, in the future he’ll do his business in secret and you’ll find a nasty surprise in the corner. Instead, you should praise him effusively when he relieves himself in the right place. If you catch him in the process of urinating, take him in your arms and run out. If he’s in your arms, he’ll usually stop peeing immediately.
You should start house training your puppy early. The learning process should start during your very first days together. With puppies, the first twenty weeks of life are the most formative. Misguided thinking along the lines of “the poor little guy just has so many new things to process” won’t help you much. Keeping your home clean is simply one of the essential learning goals - especially at the beginning of your time together. Therefore, only fall back on aids if there’s no other solution.
If you want to get your puppy house trained, it helps to introduce fixed times and places. Do you always go for a walk together in the mornings? Or is there a dog run on the corner where he can do his business? If your dog does it correctly, don’t skimp on praise.
Don’t assume that you’ll have house trained your puppy in just a few days. It’s best if you go out every 30 minutes. In this way, you’ll increase the likelihood that your puppy will pee outside. If something goes wrong, bring him outside anyway so that he understands that this would have been the right place to go. The learning process can take time. Be prepared for mishaps.
So that your dog doesn’t get used to doing his business in the wrong places in your home, it shouldn’t smell. A good cleaning agent that also gets rid of odours detected by the dog’s sensitive sense of smell is very important. However, this is not a permanent solution but can be an interim solution in getting puppies house trained. By moving the toilet slowly towards the front door, you can make the leap to successful house training.
House training that sweet little dog takes a lot of effort. Older dogs mostly already have experience and must “simply” get used to the new rules. But puppies go everywhere. Which specifics should you bear in mind when house training a puppy?
Puppies should have the chance to relieve themselves every two hours. This is particularly important after playtime, eating and directly after waking up. When your little dog reaches three months old, then it’s enough to take him outside every three to four hours.
By nature, puppies don’t want to pee in the place where they sleep. If your dog is restless during the night and moves away from his basket, then he probably needs to go. The best thing to do is set up his camp for the night right next to your bed so that you can see everything. If you put the basket in a larger box, you’ll notice the nervous whining and scratching more easily. This means: keep clothes nearby so you can quickly run to the door. Of course, you could also set your alarm at regular intervals. Another tip: if you can get your puppy used to sleeping in his box with the door closed, he'll probably last until the next morning.
Puppies don’t know our world that well yet. For them, anything outside your apartment is especially exciting. Therefore, you should think carefully about which green area or park you choose for your dog to do his business. Also, unfamiliar areas, which are different from those he visited with his previous owner, can unnerve young dogs at first. Only time and perseverance can help here.
You simply cannot house train your dog? Here are some possible reasons and solutions so that the puddles in your home or the droppings in your garden do not become an everyday occurrence:
It’s not easy for dog owners to house train their dogs. It takes patience and perseverance. Stick with it!
Consistency is important but punishment sends the wrong signal. For example, your puppy will learn that it’s better to hide his business from his mistress or master. This way, you’ll never get your dog house trained.
Commotion or a lot of distracting influences can prevent your dog from relieving himself. So, find a regular place which is relaxing to your dog.
Usually, the reasons for an inability to be house trained are not physical. Think about what your dog could be afraid of or what could be preventing him from trusting how you’re training him.
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