House Training a Puppy – Our 3 Tips
Bringing home a new puppy can be an exciting time, but it’s also more work than you might think! From potty training to socializing your puppy, there are several tasks ahead of you if you want to raise a happy and healthy pup. Follow these easy steps to house train your puppy in no time at all.
House Training Tip 1: Pick a Training Method
When it comes to house training, you’ll have plenty of options. But don’t fret—the key is picking one and then sticking with it. To make that process easier, we’ve outlined three of our favorite methods: food training, crate training, and paper training. Use our guide below for help deciding which is best for your family and your pup
Once your pup is accustomed to her crate, you can begin food training. You should start by having your dog sit and wait for you to place her dish down. Once it’s down, she should sit and wait until you give her permission to eat by saying okay or by clapping your hands. If she gets up before that moment, remove her food dish.
The easiest, quickest way to house train your puppy is by crate training. A crate is just a simple box that you can buy or build at home—you just have to make sure it’s big enough for your dog.
If you’re looking for an easy and convenient way to house train your puppy, paper training is your best bet. Essentially, all you need to do is start putting your puppy on newspaper or paper towels when he has finished his bathroom business. Because his new method of elimination will be on familiar territory (newspaper), he’ll get used to urinating and defecating on newspaper quickly and won’t have any accidents inside while you wait for him to learn about house training.
Tip 2: Be Consistent
When it comes to house training, there’s no shortcut around consistency. It might take days or weeks for your puppy to learn how and where they should do their business, but if you stay consistent and vigilant, they’ll figure it out sooner than later. You can use a puppy-training schedule or simply set aside regular times of day when you take them outside (like after breakfast and dinner) and try not to stray from that routine. If your pup makes an accident inside, don’t scold them—it will only confuse them and cause you both stress. Instead, just clean up their mess with an enzyme cleaner that neutralizes odors.
Tip 3: Be Patient
Your puppy needs time and your patience to become fully house trained. In some cases, it may take as long as two months. In others, it can be done within a week or so. The most important thing is consistency on your part. It’s important that you plan on being with your dog for up to eight hours a day while he’s house training, just so he gets used to going outside at regular intervals of time every day, even if it’s an hour or less between trips outside. If you have issues with work or school interfering with that kind of schedule, then you’ll need someone else who lives nearby who can help out with house training until your schedule becomes more predictable.