How to Housetrain Your Dog

Did you know that a pretty significant percentage of dog relinquishments to pet stores and shelters happen as a result of a failed housetraining mission? To successfully housetrain your dog you’ll need a heart that’s full of love and patience.

Also, you should note that ‘accidents’ are actually part of the process, so if your furry friend has one from time to time, you shouldn’t feel like a failure. Before you get to your wit’s end here is an article that will guide you on how to house train your dog.

Before we get started it’s crucial to note that a new adopted dog peeing in house is a common occurrence even on older dogs. Old habits are hard to beat so if your dog was not well housetrained you may need to reintroduce the training.

As you’d expect, training good potty habits to a puppy is much easier than re-training or fresh training an older dog.

Don’t despair though, a dog not house trained at 1 year of age doesn’t necessarily mean there is no hope. Dogs, as you know them, are pretty intelligent and as long you’re ready to be consistent, positive even when the situation is frustrating, plus pack loads of patience, your pet will eventually learn impressive manners.

New puppies, just like infants can be excused if they relieve themselves anywhere and at any time. Because for your new puppy to be efficiently house trained, two factors must come to play;

  • They must be old enough (at least 8.5 weeks old) to control the impulse
  • they have to be positively motivated to do their ‘business’ outside

Generally, small breeds have a higher metabolism and smaller bladders which means they’ll need frequent trips outside.

 Check out a simple step-by-step guide on how to housetrain a dog fast regardless of age;

  1. Use a Crate

Dogs are naturally den dwellers. They love tucking themselves away in a cozy and warm space where they can relax. So, if your dog looks at a crate as their happy place, they’ll gladly spend a few hours each day caged.

Housetraining an older dog without a crate can especially be messy and you may need to clean up a lot of accidents.

As a rule of thumb, never use the crate as a timeout or a punishment hub otherwise your dog will associate it with a bad experience.

Confining a dog in a crate works great because a dog would not eliminate in the same place where they sleep or eat.

  • Don’t keep your dog in the crate for too long

For a start, you’ll need to take your dog outside frequently – at least after every two hours.

  • Establish a routine

Puppies respond great to a regular schedule in all areas of training. Puppy potty training schedule works only if you stick to schedules even at mealtime. Here is how it works; if you feed your dog at a specific time of the day it’s also highly likely that they’ll ‘go’ at a consistent time each day.

If you leave your fuzzy friend to nipple all the time, you can expect them to poop at unpredictable times.

  • Stick to one elimination spot every time

Choose a grassy spot where you want your dog to relieve itself and stick with that particular place. You want your dog to associate the surface and smell of that particular spot with eliminating. As long as your dog is old enough, they’ll make the connection within no time. 

  • Reward every successful elimination at the right spot

For most pets, positive reinforcement works like a charm and dogs are not exempted. Be sure to offer lots of verbal praise and treats for a job well done! Timing is key here, make sure your praises begin immediately after elimination.

Your pup is incredibly clever and they’ll pick up que from your positive tone.

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