Many new dog owners have very little experience or none at all when it comes to puppy housetraining. In fact, most of them do not even realize just how important it is to train a puppy right from the first few weeks of its life. The longer you wait before starting puppy housetraining, the harder it will be to teach your dog to behave properly in the house and around other people.
Teaching your young dog the right time and place to go potty is probably the most important aspect of puppy housetraining. In order to do this successfully, you should be able to bring your puppy out to his potty area at the same times of the day. This will help him establish a routine and make it easier for him to control his poop and urine while inside the house.
According to renowned Virginia Beach dog breeder Stanley Kissinger, it is very hard to retrain a young pup when he has already gotten used to going potty in the wrong spots. This is why it is crucial to start puppy housetraining as early as possible in order to teach the dog the proper way right from the start.
In the beginning, puppies won’t be able to control their bladder very well so you should expect to have a few accidents during the first days of training. But the more you bring your puppy outside, the faster he will learn that going potty is done outdoors and not inside the house.
When taking your dog out to go potty, keep him on a leash and allow him enough time to sniff around and find a good spot. When you see that he is ready, say your cue command of “Go Potty” and let him do his business. Immediately after he is done and you have cleaned up his poop, take him back inside the house. This will let him know that the only purpose he was outside is to do his business and nothing else.
Puppy housetraining is not that hard but it does require you to put in some time and dedication. For instance, if you don’t want to wake up to the smell of fresh urine and poop, you should be prepared to get up early even on weekends to let your dog out for his morning potty.
If you live alone and work in the office all day, you might also need to go home during lunchbreak for your dog’s potty time. Alternatively, you can ask a helpful neighbor to lend some assistance while you are away.
You may need to make a few sacrifices during the first few days of puppy housetraining but once it is done and your dog can do its business on its own, you will realize that all your hard work will be well worth it.