Best way to house train a puppy – Doing it the right way
Now the first thing to look at during house training a puppy is the timing. It is your responsibility to getting your puppy in the right place, probably on the grass or at least outside when they need to go. You will have to figure out when you think your puppy is going to need to go. The biggest mistake is that people think they can rely on dogs that are not toilet trained, to figure it out on their own. The frequency of toileting can vary. Some puppies may go four times in an hour while others might go after three or four hours. Sometimes there is no communication or signal between you and your puppy that they need to go for toilet. Therefore, it is suggested that you start jotting down the time and frequency when your puppy goes toileting. You will soon get an idea about how often your puppy would like to go and then you can set an alarm at those intervals. This will help, even at times, when you forget to take your puppy for a toilet break or you are too busy with your work. Once your dog is toileting at the right place then you need to keep at it. You will need to keep this schedule for a long time before you start relaxing and expecting your puppies to do it on their own.
After this, you will also need to take control of their environment i.e. the area they are allowed in or not allowed in, when they come back, having not gone to the toilet. This effectively means that you decide where they are at all times. When you take your puppy out for a break and if they have toileted, then you should give them a little treat and bring them back inside. Now if they do not go toileting, then either you may leave them outside for a while in the hope that they go or you can bring them back inside. However, you will need to carefully manage them, if you have brought them back inside. Do not give them too much space, keep them confined in a smaller area. If you give your dog a whole of the house area, he is going to head off into another room, which is a different world away from his usual place. They will think nothing of toileting in this area and it could be long before you even find it and you would not know they have done it. Not only it is in the wrong spot but also if you do not know where they have done it, they could do it regularly and you might think that they are not going to the toilet very often when they absolutely are.
You can also think of using a crate or a similar device to keep your puppy fairly still. The crate should not allow the dog to turn around or run around. This will stop them from moving or agitating their bowels, which makes them go to the toilet. If they are sleeping or lying down, they are far less likely to go to the toilet. Therefore, you can leave them there for a period and then take them out at their regular interval and see if you can get them to go again. There are some pros and cons of using crates. The downside is that they do cost a fair amount of money and eventually you might find out that your dog does not need them and you have an empty crate taking up room space. The other thing is that some dogs do not like to be confined in a small space and become stressed. Therefore, some people purchase them and find out that they are not of much use. However, the positives are that many dogs absolutely love their crates and they see it as their den. They settle in it, enjoy it and relax there. It can be a lifesaver for people who just need a break from their hyperactive dog. It also helps if you got some visitors, you can put your dog away for a while. Apart from this, crates also help with toilet training. Probably at first, you may give it a go without a crate and if you are still struggling with toilet training then think about getting a crate or buying a pen.
Effectively rewarding your dog when they go at the right place is probably the most important key to successful toilet training. This means rewarding them in a way, which is truly motivating them to go back there again and get that reward again. That positive signal to show them where to go is far more powerful than saying ‘no, no, don’t go here, I don’t want you to go there’ and trying to keep them in a penned area. Now there is a catch when it comes to food. People can interpret rewards as being pats and cuddles. However, rewards should mean ‘amazing food’. The reward should not be in the form of dry boring biscuits that they probably have during breakfast or dinner. It should be really motivating stuff like chicken, cheese and bacon. Dogs and puppies will do amazing things to be rewarded with these exceptional treats. They will really figure out what it is that you want them to do. You should always have these treats ready lying outside probably in a jam jar or something so that you can immediately reward them when they go toileting.
These are the key areas that you want to be getting into place. First is the timing. Ensure that you are taking your dog out to the area you want them to go before they go to the toilet. Second is taking control of their environment. Consider reducing the area that they are allowed in. Also, make sure that they are not allowed to venture into the carpeted area, as that can be difficult to clean later. Third is to use amazing rewards to help your dog understand exactly where you want them to go.