House Training

The biggest part of potty training a puppy is to watch, praise and be consistent. By keeping a close eye on puppy, being quick and full of praise, puppy will soon know that potty time needs to be taken care of outside. Be consistent, feed, water, potty and walk your puppy around the same time every day. Keep in mind that dogs don’t know it’s the weekend, so keep the same schedule as much as possible. Don’t forget patience, patience and more patience. Expect your house training experience to be unique, and learn to adapt. No two puppies will give you same experience.

Crate training is the best and most effective way to house train a puppy. Puppies should be crated when they are not under direct supervision of a responsible person.

  • Take puppy outside first thing every morning, immediately after each meal, after waking from a nap, and after long play sessions.
  • Watch puppy constantly. If he’s playing with a toy and suddenly gets up to sniff around –She/He is giving signals that it’s time.
  • Take puppy to the same outdoor area each time. Do not walk around the yard or neighborhood with your pup, there are too many distractions. Simply go outside and stand in one spot until puppy goes. Stand in the same spot each time, the scent of urine in the grass will encourage puppy to go.
  • Pay attention to your puppy while outside so you know when they have done their business. Then be sure to offer lots of praise. Return inside the house before initiating any play time outside.
  • Return your puppy to their crate, if your pup does not eliminate when outside. Wait 10-20 minutes and then return outside.
  • Withhold playtime until after your puppy has eliminated.
  • Set a timer as a reminder to take puppy out (works well for children).
  • Never punish a puppy for eliminating in the house, only you catch puppy in the act can you startle puppy enough to cause the puppy to stop and then redirect out side.
  • Be sure to clean up all accidents with an enzyme cleaner.
  • Attach words to the process, like ‘Go Potty’, ‘Time To Go’ or ‘Take care of business’. The puppy will soon associate those words with going potty. A dog can be trained to potty on cue and to a certain section of the yard with persistence.
  • When puppies and dogs don’t respond to house training there may be a medical reason, they are excited or frightened. Talk to your veterinarian anytime you suspect there may a problem.

This  is a general summary of house training, it may not work for all puppies, some alterations may need to be made based on individual need and history. However, this method will work for most puppies.

If you have any questions call me at (608) 574-3817, thank you.

Linda Cree