Adopting a puppy brings with it a lot of joy and happiness to the new owner, but the joy is short-lived after they learn the responsibilities that relate to housebreaking and potty training. Puppy potty training is a gradual process that requires one’s patience. This is a period that stresses both you and the pup, so treading carefully is recommended. All the challenges involved can however, be overcome, and a loving relationship be built between you and the puppy.
The first step in housebreaking is familiarizing with all the possible dog habits. Some behavior traits are common in all puppies. They include barking, jumping, panting, and sometimes biting. Other puppies tend to be aggressive and territorial. The puppy might also be anxious of its new environment. In any case, you should note your pup’s behavior in the beginning as it will tell volumes about its growth and development.
Since the puppy hasn’t been potty trained yet, expect them to take care of their potty business inside the house. This is probably going to be annoying after the first few incidents, but stay patient and realize that the pup needs time and lots of training. You must also understand that puppies grow rapidly when they are young and will eat more at this stage. Eating more translates to eliminating more, as their bowels and bladders are yet to be fully developed.
In these early stages, it would be advisable to train your puppy in an outdoors litter environment where they will not mess up the carpet or the couch. If the puppy happens to eliminate inside the house and you catch it in the act, you should take it outside to its rightful potty location. Physically punishing the puppy is counterproductive; it will make the pup fear you more, thus reduce any chances of the puppy taking up the habits you are trying to instill.
After nine to fifteen weeks, significant improvement should be expected. While puppies are different, expect the puppy to have started picking up on the right potty habits after this time. However, make room for mistakes. Three month old puppies have much stronger bladders and thus can hold their business for more than four hours. The bladder develops better resistance as the puppy grows, and this resistance is enhanced when the puppy is distracted. If the puppy happens to be outdoors chasing a moth, potty business can be put on hold for some time.
There are a number of activities that one can put in place to housebreak their puppy. The puppy should be shown its potty location and be allowed to access it frequently. Feeding should be done in a timely manner. Having a regular schedule is necessary to keep track of when to expect the puppy to potty. If the puppy eliminates in the right potty location, a reward should also be given.
A puppy’s potty training will move along more effectively if the puppy is confined to a den or a crate. Dogs love the feeling of safety and security. The den also brings out their territorial instincts. Also, dogs will rarely potty where they sleep, so they will be inclined to take their business elsewhere. As such, the crate should be spacious and comfortable, and you should let the puppy out three to four hours after eating so they can take care of things. You do this often enough and the puppy will learn the right potty habits, effectively ensuring that you can get on to building and maintaining a loving relationship with your four-legged companion.