Housebreaking Your Puppy 101

These 6 steps are proven and true, and I follow them strictly, consistently and consistently, both for my puppy and for my older dog.

Remember that each dog is unique, and while pre-training can start very early with the puppy, you should not expect too much or expect the puppy to be at least 16 weeks old. When it comes to house-breaking, it takes longer to train an older dog, but you can certainly teach him new tricks. And while puppies can start very early (and they are, after all, tiny puppies with tiny blisters), keep your eyes open and keep an eye on your dog.

On average, it takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be potty trained, but factors such as the size and age of your dog can influence how long it takes for potty to train your puppy. 

If you are trying to teach your dog what to do and what not to do, you should act consistently and behave consistently, otherwise the dog will become confused and not understand what is expected of it. 

Avoiding potty errors by not allowing accidents to happen will help your dog to understand the concept much faster. If you only take your puppy out of its box for 15 minutes, make sure you go to the potty area immediately. When you get to the area, put it down and while it is on the leash, put a little rest in your leash and say, "potter, do your business," and then put it back in the box. 

If you are too lax in your training and make your puppy believe that potty outside the house is an option, and think he can just pee on the carpet, he will learn to signal. In order for this to happen, your dog must believe that it does not have to go outside to pot. If you play your puppy's "potty training card" correctly, most puppies will quickly learn how to send out more robust signals later. Use a loud, excited voice in case the puppy gets distracted and forgets what you are doing. 

If you have been vigilant in your training program, your puppy will eventually believe that he needs to go outside to relieve himself, and he will begin to give signals, such as coming through an open door or entering through open doors, as long as you are vigilant with your training program. 

If you don't have a yard, or if your puppy is about to finish its shots, it's best to start potty training indoors and then take your pet outside. That surprised me, because giving him treats to go outside seems like a great way to get him to do it more often. Before you start training your dog to relieve himself in the right place in the house, you need to learn how to train him on a pad and start with box pot training. 

Determine a delimited area where you can start - home exercises, such as an easy-to-clean floor or a small area with easy access to the toilet.

If you cannot supervise your puppy, limit it to an area of the house that is so far away that it does not want to stain itself. Whichever area you choose, make sure they are puppies - tested and all harmful products removed. Many new puppy owners sing the praises of the crate training to help break the house and keep the puppy safe. 

While you wouldn't expect a toddler to be a potty - trained in a week - you should expect a puppy to be able to cope with the occasional accident within weeks. Your puppy will have accidents in the house, but these are a natural part of home burglary. For your puppy, going to the potty in your house brings the same relief as going outside to the potty. When travelling alone, in the event of an accident, he tends to behave on the beautiful, expensive carpet rather than on the couch. Sources: 1, 3

You want to make sure you don't get that relief until you're out of the potty zone, so do your indoor potty training. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to do this in your home, even if it's only for a short period of time.

Most puppies avoid potties if they are fenced in a small area, and you can instinctively use that to your advantage for breeding. An accident in the wrong area is inevitable if your puppy doesn't have the right area to go potty, but if they do, it's no big deal. 

A common mistake many new puppy owners make is to underestimate how often their puppy has to go, which can be a lot in the first few days. You can get a good idea of how often a puppy should take a potty trip, but bear in mind that you will need to take it out more often if it has an accident on this schedule. Make sure your puppy gets off to the best start by throwing it into its new environment and you will minimize the likelihood of accidents.