When to Begin House Training Puppy

The time recommended by experts for the commencement of housetraining of a puppy is between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old.  Up until that point, he has does not have enough control of his bladder and bowel movements to learn to hold it. If you acquire the dog at an older age, you may have to reshape the dogs’ behaviour.  You may have to do this especially if had not been previously housetrained this is best done with encouragement and reward.

Although dogs live in a house and can be considered as part of a family, they are not human. It is necessary to not react to a dog accidents on the floor the same you would react to a grown up. This would only make housetraining the dog take a turn for the worse. These three things will ensure  you attain success in housetraining your dog:  consistency, positive reinforcement and patience. A lot dogs end in animal shelters and veterinarians because of housetraining issues and behavioural issues.


Housetraining a puppy is a two-fold process. The puppy has to realise that he can only go at a designated spot. Then he has to have control to be able to hold in urine and faeces until he’s at that spot. The older a dog gets the less number of times he has to go. However, dogs need a potty break at least every 8 hours. It is very important that you do not give your puppy a chance to fail and you respond calmly when he has accidents. This way you do not ruin the trust. Realise that you cannot threaten or punish a puppy into good behaviour.

There are certain steps that have to be taken meticulously to achieve that end. And numerous ways to train a dog

Feeding must be done on a specific regular feeding schedule. Do not leave food accessible to the dog all day long.

The dog must be taken out to relief himself first thing in the morning, after meals, after a nap and once every 30 to one hour. He also has to go before he’s left alone for a period of time and last thing at night. It takes about 5 minutes for a dog to carry out his business.

He should have a designated spot so that he is prompted by his scent.

Remember to give him a reward or treat immediately every time he gets it right.You dog could learn to pick up cues from the tone of your voice. Eventually, praise with the right tone could be a reward system for your dog.The more times he gets it right, the faster he will be housetrained.

A good way to go about it is to confine the puppy to a defined space, which could be in a crate, in a room, or on a leash. Experts have recommended this method until your puppy learns then you can gradually give him more freedom to roam about the house.

Using a Crate to House Train a Puppy

A crate is a good short-term idea for housing training a puppy. This is because it provides visibly and restriction.  You can keep an eye on him for signsand train him.

Dogs are den dwellers by nature. They enjoy seeking out small spaces in which to rest so dogs should not normally despise crates especially if it is not used as a form of punishment.

Here are a few guidelines for using a crate:

A crate should be large enough to contain the dog. It should also have room for slight movements but not for him to use as a bathroom.

Ensure that there is adequate water supply attached to the cage.

He should not be cooped in there for too long stretches of time. He needs to stretch and go for a run. Ensure that you let for a break daily or make provision for that if you will be unavailable especially for the first 8 months.

If a puppy is eliminating in a crate, it is advisable to consider other methods of housetraining.  It could mean different things such as a bad habit, need for more time outside, a big crate or simply that he is too young to be trained.

Whining, circling, sniffing, barking, or, if your puppy is unconfined, barking or scratching at the door, are all probably cue signs that he needs to go. It is important to note these activities and take him out right away.

House Training Setbacks

Accidents could happen during the house could be because the training was not completed or the puppy has not adjusted to a new environment.  An accident should not be a reason to stop training. However, consult a veterinarian to rule out a medical condition if the training does not work

Do’s and Don’ts in Potty Training Your Puppy

Keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind while housetraining your puppy:

Do not punish your puppy for accidents. It will not yield the required result but will only make the puppy fear you.

Signal when if you catch him making a mistake and gently lead him outside to finish up.  The signal could be a clap, to inform him of his wrong but not any violent action to hurt him. A reward after he has done the right thing will also serve to reinforce it.

Puppies are not capable of connecting your anger with their accident so you have to be careful and deliberate in your reaction to any accident. If you found the evidence but did not see the act, do not react angrily by yelling or rubbing his nose in it. Puppies aren’t intellectually capable

Extra time outside may help to reduce the occurrence of accidents.

Clean up accidents with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odours that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.

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