No matter how many puppy housetraining books you have read or videos you have watched, you won’t be able to succeed unless you are able to exercise patience and vigilance. These are two very important elements that will enable you to housetrain your dog in no time at all. For instance, during the few seconds before your dog does his business, he will do a pre-potty ritual of sniffing the ground, walking around in a circle once or twice and assuming the pottying position.
Once the pre-potty ritual has been completed, you should let the dog know that he can now start his business by giving a potty command. This could be something like “go potty” or “do your business”. Any command will do as long as you use the same phrase every time.
For your puppy housetraining to work, you should never utter the potty command when it is not time for your dog to potty. Also, in order to avoid confusion, you should choose a potty command that is not likely to be used by other members of the household for other purposes. This is why generic phrases like “hurry up” or “let’s go” should not be used.
As the days go by, your puppy will gradually figure out the link between the phrase and the action. So when he hears the command from you, he will know that he is expect to pee or poop even if he has not yet gone through his typical entire pre-potty routine.
Each time your dog potties on cue, make sure that you give him adequate but not excessive praise, as well as a small treat, before bringing him back into the house.
Being Vigilant is Key
From the moment you begin puppy housetraining, it is crucial that you keep an eye on your dog as much as possible, particularly when he is out of the crate. This is to ensure that no “accidents” go unnoticed and uncorrected.
If you see your doggy going potty the right way and at the right spot, give it some praise words and a treat. On the other hand, if it leaves you a present inside the house, immediately place him in his crate without a word and just clean up his mess.
Patience Leads to Success
Many dog owners easily become frustrated when their pet does not take to puppy housetraining right away. They end up yelling at their dogs or just giving up on the training. Keep in mind that this is a process that can take some time. By being patient and giving your dog time to adjust, you will be able to enjoy the rewards of a successful training within a few weeks.