House training puppies can be challenging. How long does it take to house train a puppy? How long the puppy house training process takes depends on how vigilant you are. You should watch your new puppy closely when he is out of his crate. Until he is 12 weeks of age, he has not developed good bladder and bowel control. Training your puppy takes time and patience.
You must establish a designated potty area. Clip your dog’s leash on to his collar and take him to the chosen spot in your yard and wait. Don’t let him wander in the yard. He should be took to the same spot each time. After a few times he will consistently eliminate there. Some dogs learn faster than others. When he goes potty in the right spot, make happy noises, praise him and give him special treats. The more consistent you are the faster the training process will be.
You should take your pet out:
- Immediately on waking up in the morning or after a nap.
- After playing 15-30 minutes.
- If he sniff’s the floor, seems restless or walks in circles.
- Right after a meal.
- After exercise.
- Before bedtime
When your puppy has an accident, quieting clean up the mess with an enzymatic cleaner. You must remove the odor, so he won’t be drawn back to the same spot. Vinegar is a good cleaner to use.
Never scold the puppy, or hit him with a newspaper, or rub his nose in the mess. The puppy does not understand why you are angry with him. This will encourage him to go behind the couch or where he thinks you won’t find it.
If he goes potty in the house, clap your hands to interrupt him. Pick him up and take him outside to the potty spot. When he goes potty praise him and give him a treat.
Be sure your pets stool is soft and well formed. It is difficult house breaking a puppy who has loose stools. Diarrhea is caused by overfeeding. The basic procedure for toilet training your dog is similar to toilet training a child, but the puppy or dog learns faster.
Patience is the key to housetraining puppies.