Dog Training: House training your puppy
House dog training is one of the most important elements of creating a well-trained dog and trusted family member. Problems with house training and similar issues are the number one reason that dogs are surrendered to shelters, so properly house training your dog can literally save his or her life as there is no guarantee that your puppy or young dog will be available to a caring dog owner as the shelter allocations normally consist of first come first served, so the potential allocation for your puppy could very well be inappropriate for your puppy’s needs.
It is imperative to understand at this initial stage of puppy house training is all about being consistent, patient and always positive reinforcement. The ultimate goal with all dog and puppy training is to instil and reward good and consistent habit forming, in addition to building a positive and friendly dog training environment and more importantly an everlasting loving bond with your canine friend.
Remembering always through the rough and smooth puppy training sessions, that consistency, patience and positive reinforcement is the primary key to success. House training puppy’s will usually take between four and six months for the puppy to be fully house trained, although, some puppy’s with patience, consistency and positive friendly reinforcement, puppy’s known as difficult to accept training, may take up-to one year to fully house train.
Remembering the golden rule, the size of the puppy breed can be a useful predictor to the length of time it takes to house train your family puppy. For instance, smaller dog breeds understandably have smaller bladders and higher metabolism and will benefit from increased frequent trips outside to eliminate waste from its bladder and bowels.
Another useful predictor is your puppy’s previous living conditions. If your puppy prior to his arrival to your home, he developed poor house habits, then you may well find that you need to assist your puppy break old habits in order to establish more desirable and acceptable habits.
House training a puppy does not need to be difficult, but it is important to take the process seriously, plan ahead and take things slowly. Some dogs will be easier to house break than others, so it is important to work with your dog. Rushing the process can be counterproductive and cause you to have to start all over again.
Remember as a caring dog owner you have a unique opportunity to begin the all-important bonding process through this basic dog training session between you and your puppy, so be patient, kind and consistent as your beautiful and loyal family canine may very well have a short concentration level and this short concentration level will have a direct influence on the time it takes for your puppy to become house trained.
When it comes to house training a new puppy, it is important to know what to expect. Unless the owner is able to supervise the puppy round the clock, it is difficult to complete the house-training process until the dog is at least six months old. It is important to know this ahead of time so you can be prepared. Young puppies have bodies that are constantly changing and growing, and puppies younger than six months often have not developed the bowel and bladder control they will need to be properly house trained.
When the dog owner is not at home, the puppy should be confined to a small room and the entire floor should be covered with paper. Of course, it is important to puppy-proof the room that is removing any items on which the puppy could be injured. In the beginning, the puppy will most likely eliminate anywhere within the room. In addition, the puppy will probably play with the papers, chew them, etc.
This is perfectly normal and should not be grounds for punishment or distress. Cleaning up each day should simply be part of the routine of living with a new puppy. Simply clean up the soiled papers and put down new ones each day.
To aid your puppy’s natural desire to chew and bite it is recommended that you invest some hard earned dollars in providing your puppy with some hard wearing dog toys that can alleviate your puppy’s desire to destroy your precious or un-precious items around the home.
At the same time it would be a useful consideration to again invest some cash buy ensuring your family puppy have access to a variety of other useful dog chewy toys which will prevent your puppy from being bored as dog boredom can be a cause for concern and be responsible for many puppies chewing and biting expensive items within your home.
Time for paper training
During the time that the puppy is confined in its little den, it will begin to develop the habit of eliminating on paper. After a little time has passed, the puppy will begin to exhibit a preferred place to eliminate. After this preferred spot has been established, the area that is papered should be slowly diminished. The first papers to be removed should be those that are furthest away from the “toilet”.
Eventually, the caring dog owner will have to lay down only a few papers. If the puppy ever misses those papers, it means that the papered areas has been reduced too much and too soon so it would be a useful idea to spread the paper around further to expand the area available for your puppy in an effort to successfully conclude the dog training program associated with house training your dog or family puppy.
After the puppy is reliably doing its business only on the papers that have been left, the papers can be slowly and gradually moved to a location of your choice, usually the preferred area for your family puppy to do its business is closer to the back access door. The papers should be moved only gradually, as little as an inch a day.
If the puppy misses the papers, again it means that they have been moved too soon and too far. In this case it will be necessary to go back a few steps and start over. It is important not to become discouraged. The puppy will eventually understand the concept, and you will be able to choose your puppy’s toilet area and move on to the next step.
House training when the owner is home
Obviously the more time you can spend with your puppy the faster the house training will go. The objective should be to take the puppy to the toilet area every time he needs to do his business. In most cases this will be either every 45 minutes, right after each play session, after he first wakes up or right after he eats or drinks. It is important to provide effusive praise for the puppy when he eliminates in the established toilet area.
As the puppy becomes more used to using his toilet area, and as he develops improved bladder and bowel control, he will be able to begin spending more and more time outside his den with his owner in the rest of the home. It is important to begin this process by allowing the puppy access to one room at a time.
It is also important to allow the puppy in the extra room only when he can be supervised. When you must leave the room, be sure to put the puppy back in his den as at this early stage actions can and will happen regardless of your dog training program.
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