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Simple Solutions for House Training Puppies

  Having a preplan for Potty Training before your puppy arrives home is a good idea.   New puppy parents automatically set down their new puppy inside the house to roam. That’s mistake number one. The new puppy will return the favor by automatically peeing in the house.  From here things can snowball on the new owners rapidly. Puppies don’t have control of their bladder or bowel movement. Puppies will squat at any time without any warning. In general by 6 or 7 months they should be fine. However, if no effective House Training was implemented owners will have a different issue to deal with.

  The old saying in Dog Training ,” Always set your dog up for success” is very appropriate when it comes to House Training.  Dogs learn routines easily. Soiling in the house  will become a normal behavior for them if given the chance. Once this happens it’s a matter of having to retrain your dog.

  Getting them off on the right foot ( or paw ) is always the best solution. The main goal is never  allow your  puppy to have an accident in the house and to teach your puppy the proper place to potty.

 Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Designate before-hand a place your puppy will always go potty. It could be the whole backyard or certain spot in the backyard. If on a deck make sure it’s secure and closed off. On deck you can train your puppy to use a pee pad or buy a potty box sold on-line or pet stores.

2. Confine your puppy in a pen somewhere in the house. Ideally it should be where the family spends a lot of time. Buy a thick plastic tarp (fold in half for added protection) to place on flooring or carpet. Place the pen on top of tarp.  There’s extendable metal fences that come in different heights that work well. Place a pee pad in one corner and a blanket on the other with a few toys. Always check tarp for wear and tear. Although it should last for months. The puppy crying will be normal so don’t give up on the pen.byn-dehydration

3. Control puppies food and water intake. By doing this you control when the puppy goes potty. It’s common for puppies to go potty 15 to 20 minutes after eating or drinking water. So taking puppy to potty spot within 30 minutes is important. Owners may have to make time adjustments if puppy is going sooner in pen. Remember the goal is for puppy to potty in designated spot. The pee pad in pen is only for accidents.

  When at home don’t leave food or water in pen. Put food out morning and late in day. Make sure to watch eating habits. If puppy doesn’t eat enough to your satisfaction a mid-day feeding may be necessary.  Periodically place water in pen. Always observe puppies drinking habits. By doing this you’ll have a good idea when it’s time to take puppy out.    In actuality dogs will usually go potty when given the opportunity. This is something to remember when Potty Training. So taking puppies out periodically during the day is a good idea.

enhanced-buzz-29019-1339041441-8  Also remember first thing in the morning and after naps puppies will need to go potty. When taking puppies out at any time don’t let them walk out of the house. Carry them out if possible. If not possible hurry them out without giving puppy a chance to stop for any reason.  Use leash if necessary. Make it a fun thing to run to their spot. Sweet talking them while rushing out easily works.

4. Give a verbal cue when you’re sure puppy is about to potty.  When puppy is about to squat  say,” Let’s go pee” or “Lets go potty”.  Or use any similar verbal cue to your liking. When puppy goes potty give a lot of praise. Repeat this endlessly. As your dog matures it should easily go on cue.

  Remember House Training  should  just be a puppy stage.  It’s a time of getting your puppy to not have accidents in the house. While at the same time waiting for your puppy to have complete bladder control, bowel control, and learning the proper place to go potty. There are many cases of adult dogs needing House Training. These tips are useful for adult dogs also.  Happy Training.

  Giovannas Dog Training provides  Dog Group Training, Private Dog Training Puppy Group Training, and Private Puppy Training.

  We also provide service in Alameda County, Monterey County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, and Santa Cruz County.


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