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  Housetraining Your Puppy


Housetraining comes down to one simple skill: being a good doggy time manager. This means making sure your puppy is in the right place (inside on paper or outside on grass or concrete) at the right time (when he needs to eliminate) and rewarding it for eliminating in the right spot. After many repetitions of being rewarded for going in the right spot at the right time, your dog will develop a strong habit and desire to do so. This is a housetrained dog!

First things first!  Remember when your parents rubbed your new puppy's nose in the mess when it had an accident in the house or swatted at it with a newspaper for some misdeed?  Punishment or force training is not a good technique. Today, the primary tenet of dog training is positive reinforcement, using rewards such as praise, play, and treats of motivate certain behaviors. The focus is on communicating with the dog, not dominating it.

Matters are made worse when a pup is allowed to make a mistake in the home and then punished for it. When you yell at your pup, you may find he is running into other rooms or behind furniture to go. Think about it!  What you are punishing him for is not always what he thinks he is being punished for.  He didn't learn not to eliminate in the house, just not to eliminate in front of his owner.  After all, from your pup's perspective, it probably seems as though his owner doesn't like to see him go. So, being a smart pup, he hides when he needs to relieve himself.  If this continues, you will have a difficult time getting your pup to eliminate outside because he will be near you at the end of the leash! Rather than punish your pup for mistakes you allowed it to make, it is much easier and more effective to simply manage its time, so it has few or no opportunities to make mistakes, but many opportunities to be rewarded for going in the right spot. Accurately predicting when your puppy needs to eliminate is the key to success. After all, if you know when it needs to go, all you have to do is take him to the right spot and reward him for going there.

Generally speaking, puppies under 3 months old need to eliminate at least every 2 hours (or less), as well as after waking up from a nap, after a play session, and soon after eating or drinking. Basically, they need to go a lot!  The more accurately you can predict your pup's need to eliminate, the faster he will be housetrained. 

Paper training! Start by covering the entire floor with paper. This way, your puppy can only go on paper and will quickly develop a preference for and habit of doing so. After a week, leave a small section of the floor uncovered.  If your pup makes even one mistake off the paper, re-cover the entire area and try again for a few days. If 90 percent of the floor was covered and it chose to go on the 10 percent that wasn't, it needs a little more time to develop a strong preference for going on paper. If it doesn't make any mistakes for a few days, uncover a bit more. Continue until you are down to a small square, appropriate to your dog's size. If you want your dog to learn to go in a low-sided litter box, simply transfer the paper into the box. Unless you intend for your pup to be paper trained for life, keep paper down only until your dog is old enough to have sufficient control to hold it for four - five hours or so. This is usually around 6 months old, but depends on the individual dog and how good you have been about helping the dog build muscle control using supervision and its short-term confinement area. Even the best trained adult dog shouldn't be expected to hold it for more than 6 hours. Pushing a dog to do so is unfair and may cause a serious backslide in housetraining. It is much easier for your dog to "hold it" at night while asleep than during the day.  Once accident-proof housetraining has been achieved, you should be able to allow your dog free reign of your home while you're gone. 

An easier way, we feel, is to simply take your pup out every hour or so the first week in his new home, then increase the time. Always praise him and give him a small treat. The only problem with treats is that many times, he will pee just a little and look up to you for that treat. He wants that treat so badly, he does not get finished with the job. Be sure to give him ample time to get the job done.  Set him up for success, not failure! We have had several families report that they take their pups home and from the first night, the pup sleeps with them in their bed. When he gets restless, they get up and take him out to potty. Remember, you have to be committed. This may happen a couple times the first few nights. Since you may have to get out of bed and take him out, it is not a good idea to let him sleep with the kids. The reports have generally been that there have been no mistakes! Within just a few nights, the pup will begin sleeping 7 hours without problems. Just be sure to remove his water and no food after around 3-4 hours before bedtime. The pups started in this way appear to be easier to housetrain in the rest of the house also. You have to use good judgment and good time management in order to accomplish this.  Happy housetraining!