Housetraining a Puppy

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  • Dogs

Getting a new puppy is exciting, but the excitement can diminish quickly when you step in puddle of urine or find a stool on the carpet. Puppies do not come housetrained; it is up to their new owner to train them. In most cases, before going to their new homes, puppies live with their littermates in a penned off area where they can go the bathroom anywhere they want. When arriving in their new home they simply do not understand the difference between the penned off area they were living in and their new owner's good carpet.

Puppies are comparably at the same developmental stage as a baby and cannot understand why they should not relieve themselves whenever and wherever they feel like it. It is unfair to punish them for something they simply do not understand. When a puppy makes a mistake in the house is does no good to punish them for it and it is inhumane to rub their nose in it or hit them for the offence. Running the puppy outside is futile as the puppy’s bladder is now empty and he no longer needs to go the bathroom.

Housetraining a puppy takes patience, dedication and constant vigilance. Owners need to be prepared to take their new puppy out every two to three hours. It is easiest to use baby gates or something similar to contain the puppy in one or two rooms so he is easier to watch. Owners need to keep a constant eye on their puppy and need to be ready to run them outside at the slightest inclination that they need to go the bathroom. Puppies should be taken outside immediately after awakening from sleep and after they have eaten or drank anything. Owner’s should also be watchful for other signs that the puppy needs to go out, like wandering around restlessly, pawing the ground and whining, and turning in circles and sniffing the ground.

When taking the puppy outside it is best to take him to the same spot every time. Praise the puppy extravagantly when he does his business outside. After a week or two, the puppy should start heading for the door when he needs to do his business; owners just need to watch carefully for the signs. With dedication and patience, most puppies can be housetrained in a month or two.

Even after a puppy is housetrained, owners should be realistic on how long their puppies can hold their bladders. Although a five or six month old puppy can easily be completely housetrained, they should not be expected to hold their bladders for eight to ten hours. Owners that have to leave their puppy alone for extended hours should arrange for someone to come in and take them outside.

There are many different ways to housetrain a puppy, some people prefer to paper train them first and than train them to do their business outside. This method does work, but usually prolongs the housebreaking process. Housetraining takes dedication, time and patience, but is well worth the effort. Once a puppy is reliably housetrained, it is much easier for an owner to relax and enjoy his or her new canine friend.