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How To House Train Your Puppy In Just 3 Simple Steps

Updated on August 7, 2016

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Imagine keeping a puppy and she just pees and poops anywhere in the house, it will cause you a lot of trouble to do the cleaning.

On the other hand, if your puppy has learned how to potty at the right place, it saves you a lot of headache for cleaning and cleansing the bacteria.

This is why it is so important to house train your dog. You want your puppy to learn how to release in the right place whenever she wants to.

House training a puppy is just like teaching a baby how to do it, the training is easy, but you need to have a lot of patience.

Some puppies will learn very fast and understand what you want them to do. However, some puppies require more time and patience.

And the best time to house train your puppy is when she is about 4 to 6 months old. If you try to teach her too early, she won’t have the control of her bladder and will just pee any time she wanted.

If you train her when she is too old, she may already develop the habit of eliminating anywhere whenever she feels like it. Research suggests the ideal time to potty train your puppy is when she knows how to control her bladder and not young enough to learn it quickly.

So are you ready to house train your puppy? Here 5 simple steps how you can do it…


1. Create A Schedule

Having a regular schedule to train and feed your puppy is extremely important. This is because you want her to pick up what you want her to do. You want her to understand and follow your command, so a workable schedule is a must.

Here’s what you need to do; get her outside to do her business once she wakes up every morning. And then try to bring her out to release as well every 30 minutes or so.

Depending on your dog breed and size, bigger size puppy tends to have a bigger bladder and she can hold longer before she releases. So try to schedule it between 30 minutes to a maximum of an hour.

Other times would be after meals, after a nap and before she sleeps. You want her to do it at the place you identify as often as possible.

You should stay with her on the outside until she pees or poops.


2. Praise And Reward Her

Whenever your puppy eliminates outside at the spot you wanted, praise her and give her a treat. You want her to feel happy for her action.

She will quickly learn that this is the right thing to do so the next time when she wants to eliminate, she will hint you or she will just go there and does it when she’s old enough.

Try to use small pieces of treats that she loves to eat. However, make sure you did not give her too much treat until she is full and this will affect her proper meal time.

By the way, it may take up to months to successfully teaching your puppy to potty train correctly. Therefore, you must have a lot of patience in doing this.

Never give up and keep doing it until she learns.

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3. Looking For The Sign

Usually, when your puppy wants to eliminate, she will show some signs. For instance, she will bark, whine, scratch the door, circling and sniffing around.

You have to keep an eye on her most of the time when she is still young. Once you have learned that she wanted to eliminate, bring her out to the spot immediate and let her does it.

The longer you are with your dog, the more you will understand her through interaction. She will also learn to understand and study your behavior and what you want her to do.

Not all dogs are as smart, but all of them can learn if you are willing to teach them. Thus, be patience and have the commitment to train your puppy.


Additional House Training Tips

  • Accidents may happen and make sure you never punish your puppy. She is just a small puppy trying to learn her best. So never punish your puppy when she eliminates. Instead, try to continue to potty train her if accidents happened.
  • Sometimes your puppy may run around when you bring her outside. The best way to confine her in the spot to house train her is to use a leash.
  • Make sure you choose the same spot every time. This is to make her familiar with the scent and the place. So once she got used to it, she will go to the place and does her business there.
  • Properly clean up the accident spot by using the right cleanser. Choose the one that will also eliminate the odor so that your puppy will less likely choose to do it on the same spot.
  • You should bring her out more often when she is still young. She needs time to explore and this will also prevent accidents from happening.
  • You may want to confine your puppy when she is with you so that you can tell when she wanted to eliminate. This will make sure she never does it in the wrong place.
  • In the beginning, you should bring your puppy outside about every 30 minutes. You can then increase the time frame once she got older. Usually, a puppy can hold about 30 minutes before she eliminates.
  • If you want your puppy to learn the house rule fast, you must lower down the chance of accidents. Get her to eliminate at the right spot you desire as often as possible.

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House training your puppy is not that complicated. The real challenge is in doing it for a few months until she learns it. Most people do not have the patience and they will either give up or get angry whenever an accident happens.

Getting angry or scolding your puppy is not going to help because she does not understand that you want her to eliminate outside, so how can she understand your anger?

Thus, have the patience and treat your puppy like your baby. She is just a couple of months old anyway, so you might as well just be a responsible dog owner and do what is necessary.

If you have been training your puppy for months and are still not seeing any result, you may want to check with your vet or get a proper trainer to guide you on this.

Some dogs learn slow while some learn very fast, but not all dogs are the same.

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