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The Ultimate Puppy House Training Guide

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I have been raising and training dogs and horses since I was a young child. Through the years I’ve earned many dog show awards from dogs I’ve worked with. I’ve fostered many puppies that I’ve housebroken and helped them find great homes. Due to this experience, I feel confident in my ability to help you properly and smoothly house train your puppy. I hope this ultimate puppy house training guide helps you with raising puppies who add more pleasure to your home versus more headaches.

Things You Do Need For Puppy House Training

You need a leash and a collar. Even if your puppy is extremely small, you can use a kitten collar for them.

You also need a timer of some kind for whoever is going to be doing the house training. If a kid is doing the training and they don’t have an electronic with a timer, invest in an egg timer for them to use.

You need a lot of patience. This whole process will take two to three weeks for it to FULLY set in for your puppy.

Be prepared to be consistent. Just like toddlers, puppies need routine and schedules.

Puppy house training doesn't have to be an extremely difficult process. Nor does it have to take long. Read this guide to help you!

First Things First

Puppies are like toddlers learning how to potty train. They want to make your proud, and they want to do the job right. However, they ARE going to have accidents. There are some trainers that fully stand behind puppy pads, but I have NEVER used them. The reason I don’t choose to use them is that in my mindset that teaches a puppy that it’s okay to use the restroom in a house. Plus, it’s a harder transition to get them to use the restroom outside. It’s adding an extra step to the already long process.

The leash and collar help you to ensure that you are monitoring your puppy’s progress on their house training. Plus, it tells your puppy that when they are on the leash that they are to fully mind you and do their business. It’s NOT playtime. (I do encourage time off the leash outside provided your puppy comes when called by their names!)

Creating a Routine

Your puppy’s bladder doesn’t allow them to hold using the restroom for very long until they are about 12-14 weeks old (and even then it’s not much longer of a period.)

I have typically taken my puppies out FIRST thing in the morning. Usually, they are quick to do both numbers. However, sometimes they AREN’T. If they do NOT do both numbers take them in and let them eat, but 10 MINUTES later take them back out. Chances are high they will do number two then.

Then let them finish eating. Then about forty-five (45) minutes after they finish eating I take them out again.

Then you need to set a timer for an hour. Then take them outside on a leash and to a designated location to use the restroom. If I were you, I’d record what times of the day they are using the restroom on average. This will help you to set a routine that works for them and you.

Around lunchtime when you eat, be sure to give your puppy the chance to eat again. Yes, after they eat take them out 45 minutes after the fact.

As far as night time routines, I have always fed my puppies really well around 10-10:30 pm. Then I take them out 45 minutes later. Typically, this will get my puppies through the night until at least 5-6 AM. Sometimes when they are extremely young 5-6 weeks old, they may wake you up around 1-1:30 AM.

Key Things to Watch For

Some key signs you need to watch for when it comes to puppy house training is the way they request to go outside. Just like children, they have their own set of cues to tell you what they want/need.

Some puppies will quite literally grab a leash and go to the door or you with it. That’s extremely rare, but it does happen. Other puppies will sniff throughout the entire room and look like they are looking for a place to do their business. That’s when you discipline them and tell them NO and SHOW them the leash and put it on them. Then IMMEDIATELY take them outside.

Other puppies will demand your attention until you take them out. They will shower you in kisses and even love paws. Some puppies will spin in circles around you until you take them out. If you’re really lucky, you may even get a puppy that whines and paws at the door to go out.

The key thing to note when puppy house training in their method of communicating with you their needs. If you listen to them and their requests, then you are more likely to get them fully puppy house trained in a quicker fashion.

I do give my puppies treats when they do both numbers outside. I will slightly pop their bottoms and show them their accidents when they have them and take them outside. I also say that they are bad in a stern voice. Again, dogs naturally want to please you and make you happy. So, for most puppies this enough to get them to do better.

Overall, the key thing to note is that puppy house training requires paying attention intentionally. You must be consistent in how you deal with it. Routines are KING!

What are some other tips you would add to puppy house training?

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  1. Kat Sturtz April 23, 2020
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