House training for outside Your new puppy can be relatively easy and very successful if you devote the appropriate amount of time and patience to the task. A successful puppy training plan includes supervision, confinement, encouragement and lots of opportunities to succeed.
Your first task will be to teach your puppy where you want him to eliminate (go to the bathroom) by accompanying him every time he goes outside. Select a specific area where you want him to go that is easy to get to, i.e., close to the door! Your puppy will become familiar with this place as he recognizes his odor from previous eliminations. You should gently praise his sniffing and other pre-elimination behaviors. Make sure to energetically praise your puppy after he eliminates in the proper area. You may want to offer a treat to your puppy as soon as he finishes eliminating (reinforcing the behavior of eliminating in the appropriate spot).
You can help control your puppy’s elimination routine by also controlling his feeding schedule. Most puppies should eliminate within an hour after eating, so it is best to avoid feeding him a large meal right before confinement. You should offer him food two or three times each day at the same times and only make the food available for a maximum of 30 minutes. Your puppy’s last meal of the day should be finished between three and five hours before bedtime so he has plenty of time to go to the bathroom. Make sure to take your puppy outside for a bathroom break after eating, drinking, sleeping or playing. Develop a schedule of mealtimes, play sessions, confinement periods (for sleeping or rest) and trips outside to the “bathroom” to adjust your puppy to a fairly predictable elimination schedule. Putting your puppy on a schedule will help them learn the routine of going potty outside much faster
Preventing accidents indoors is the most challenging part of house training your puppy. To avoid this, you need to constantly supervise your puppy. When you are not able to directly supervise your puppy, confine him to a small, safe area. This can be a room or a crate. Always take him outside to eliminate just before you confine him. You may want to use a wire or plastic crate to confine your puppy when you can’t directly supervise him.If you are leaving your puppy home alone every day for long periods, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker so there are no unexpected accidents. Teaching a puppy to eliminate on papers or puppy pads gives your puppy an extra confusing step. Successful house training requires frequent outdoor bathroom breaks. Figure an hour for each month of age and add an additional hour to the total to determine the frequency of potty breaks your puppy needs. For example, an 8-week-old puppy can stay in the crate for three hours. The most amount of time any dog should spend in a crate is 8 hours. Help your puppy become comfortable in his confinement area by having toys and treats in the area, playing with him in this area, or simply being in the room with him while he rests.
Every puppy that has been house trained has made a few mistakes, be prepared for them! Punishing your puppy is the least effective way to correct his behavior. When catch your puppy in the act of eliminating indoors, you should correct him with a mild, startling distraction such as clapping.Immediately take him outside to finish eliminating. Remember, puppies do not think like humans and they cannot make the leap between “I am being punished for peeing” to “I need to pee outside.” Instead, they think they are being punished for peeing in front of you and they will start hiding from you when they pee. This confusion will lead to a “sneaky potties” instead of a well house trained dog. Your puppy more than 30 seconds after elimination is ineffective because he will not understand why he is being corrected. If you are too harsh with your correction, you will teach your puppy not to eliminate in front of you, even when you are outside. This harsh punishment could also damage your bond with him. Never rub your puppy’s nose in his mess – you will only teach him to be afraid of you. Some pets “squirt” or urinate when they greet people (they may do this out of nervousness or excitement). Scolding will always make the problem worse. Rather, do not greet your pet right away and ignore him until he settles down.If (and when) your puppy has accidents inside your home, he may continue to eliminate at the same spot if he can smell the odor from his previous mistake. Use an effective commercial product to remove urine and fecal odor from the spot so he is less likely to return to this area. It may be a good idea to block that area from your puppy so they physically cannot eliminate there again. This can be done by shutting doors, putting up baby gates or moving furniture. House training your puppy can be a rewarding and bonding experience for both you and your puppy. Be sure to contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns you may have during this important training process.
Why Crate training
Crate training is an excellent way to teach your dog good behavior, as well as give your dog his own special space. Benefits of crate training include:
Prevents damage to your furniture and other household valuables while you are away or sleeping. Helps you teach your dog proper chewing and elimination (bathroom) behavior. Provides security for your dog and safety for young children in your home. Easy traveling. Improves your relationship with your dog. Gives your dog a den which is the natural habitat for dogs. Before you begin crate training, make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. When using the crate for house training it is important to make sure the crate is only large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in, because any larger and they can potty in one area and sleep in the other. Pet stores carry many different sizes of crates so you can find the one that best fits your dog.Because dogs are social animals and need interaction to be happy, place the crate in a room where it is bright and there is lots of activity, i.e. your family room. If you put the crate in an area that is dark and lonely the dog will feel it is being punished and will learn to hate the crate. Finally, the crate should be used as your pet’s retreat, or “sanctuary” — it should not be used for punishment (the crate should contain his favorite safe and suitable toys). Use the crate to avoid problems such as chewing and jumping before they occur, and use a separate space if you wish to put your dog in “time out.”
How to crate train a Puppy
This is so important in the beginning. Once done right, you'll never have to worry. Despite what all the other books say, which we found to be not quite right, housebreaking a little dog is a whole new story. First, establish you’re routine. This involves you and other family members. We are creating a Task Chart for this soon. But, for now, you'll need to schedule who does what & when. Puppy needs to get back on track with going on newspaper or wee wee pads. Puppy is going regularly on newspapers here. But, once they get into a new home....they think they can do whatever. Everything is different for them and everyone is loving them up may distract them from what they're use to. So, don’t let those big brown eyes fool you. They need your loving along with training from the get go. Housebreaking should be renamed room breaking. Because, that’s where little dogs begin. Puppies under 6 months old may be unable to control their bowels reliably. Here's our BIG-Housebreaking Tip for teacup - small dogs that the books don’t tell you because they are coming from a beagle or lab puppy standpoint. They're forgetting about the "lost in space issues"). TAKE AWAY PUPPY'S FREEDOM. And do the "Puppy Set Up" (illustration bottom of page). Puppy needs to go ASAP on the new schedule along with rewards and discipline. Puppies have a body clock that tells us when they need to go. First thing in morning, after eating, after taking a nap, and before bed. This is hard in the beginning for sure, but it's temporary. And, when you see results it gets easier. People must be determined to tough it out with this schedule. Sometimes, housebreaking can be made easier with an existing family dog that is already housebroken. Just take them out together as much as possible. In general- Housebreaking can be challenging if one doesn’t have education in housebreaking technics with teacup to small breed dogs. The # one reason people surrender their dog to human society is because of housebreaking issues. Anyway, in time- the newspaper area can be transported to wherever you decide forevermore. This could be right outside for warmer climate homes. Some condo or apartment dwellers have been pretty ingenious in creating areas for puppy or dog to go. Such as: 1.) use a x-large kitty litter type plastic tray with higher sides filled with newspapers. Can be stored in closet or laundry room. 2.) Use an old large wood end table or coffee cabinet with doors underneath for storage: remove doors and install a swing doggie door. Paint inside with a water repellent paint or line inside with hard plastic board. Store the newspaper tray inside. Some use a puppy litter but its expensive-about 10.a bag. Never use actual kitty litter for a puppy. Also, you can buy a similar little dog kennel made out of wicker. And, there's wood dog kennels made to look like furniture. OR if you’re in the colder climate weather: many prefer the attached garage with child's small swimming pool filled with sand or newspapers. Treats are going to be a big incentive for puppy to go outside in all kinds of weather conditions. A covered area would be good to for snow and rain. We think a simple fenced off area in the yard itself is good so, puppy or dog is not going all over your yard. Especially, when the kids will be involved.
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