How exciting that you have added a furry friend to your family! One of the toughest part of getting a puppy friend is teaching them when and when to go to the bathroom. Here are some Do's Don'ts on how to house train your puppy!
- Do make sure you use a dog crate and that it is only just big enough to fit your puppy. You dog should have enough space in their crate to go in, turn around, and lie down. If your dog has too much room they are able to poop and pee in one corner and sleep in the other. Biologically, dog's will not eliminate where they sleep so the right size crate will help them to not go to the bathroom in it!
- Do keep your puppy on a strict schedule. Keeping the times they eat the same will help you predict when they have to go potty! Make sure you are aware of the last time your puppy went out to the bathroom and consistently bring them out every hour, gradually lengthening the time period the longer you go without an accident in the house.
- Do use the same spot when bringing your puppy outside. Keeping the elimination station the same will associate the spot with the action and begin to realize THIS is where I'm supposed to go.
- Do use a trigger word! When your dog starts to pee or poop in the area you want them too, say "Go potty!" or "Do your business!" Your pup will begin to associate the command with the action and will make those freezing cold winter mornings and rainy day bathroom trips much faster later on!
- Do praise your puppy after they go to the bathroom in the correct place. After your dog goes outside praise them like they just won the gold medal in potty training! Let your dog know that what they did was good and do it every time they use the bathroom outside.
- Don't distract your dog when you bring them out to go potty. Puppy's have short attention spans and talking to them or playing will distract your pup from the business at hand.
- Don't punish your dog for going to the bathroom in the house. If you catch your dog in the act, a loud clap or NO will distract them and get them to stop eliminating so you can pick them up and bring them outside. If you punish your puppy for going to the bathroom inside, they might begin to think that pooping and peeing is a bad thing, which isn't the case.
- Don't get frustrated. It's disappointing and upsetting when when your dog goes in the house but remember that dog's can sense your attitude. So keep persevering and the both of you will get there if you stay consistent!