is not accomplished in one day, or one week. It is a 24/7
responsibility. How fast it happens is largely contingent on
how old your puppy is, when you start.
If your puppy
is under 12 weeks old, then he or she does not yet have the
ability to learn. Your puppy is still a baby and as such will
go whenever, and wherever, the need arises. It does no good
to get mad at your puppy, any more than you get mad at your
baby. Cause and effect are not rationalized in a baby’s
mind. So don’t make yourself crazy and think that something
is wrong. Take them outside as often as you can, and keep a
newspaper (or something comparable) around, on the floor, so
they have somewhere to go. Just manage the situation.
Usually newspaper is a habit they bring forward from the
whelping box. Be forewarned, though, that area rugs, laundry
on the floor, or anything like those, constitute a newspaper
in your young puppy’s mind. Since they are too young to
connect going outside with “I have to go now,” they surely
can’t reason the difference between newspaper and area rugs.
You are best served to remove the throw rugs, and just leave a
newspaper. Anyone visiting, that knows you have a new puppy,
will understand your new décor completely.
will always need to go out when he, or she, awakens;
immediately; day or night. If your puppy has a period of play
and suddenly drops off, walks away and starts sniffing, then
immediately take it outside. After your puppy eats a meal;
take it outside. These are times you can count on to take
your puppy out.
puppy reaches 12, or 13, weeks old, they will begin to learn.
It will not be an epiphany; it will mean that they can begin
to learn what you teach them. It is far better to spend the
time and be diligent regarding prevention of accidents, than
it will be to have to un-teach the bad habits your puppy may
learn. As your puppy is now capable of connecting cause and
effect, every time he or she has an accident in the house and
you aren’t there to correct them while in the act, it tells
your puppy that it is allowable. If you correct him, or her,
sometimes and allow it other times (through not correcting
them), then there is no pattern for your puppy to connect.
Dogs learn through repetition. The pattern of “sometimes,” is
no pattern. Once more, consistency is the key.
your puppy after the mistake has happened is going to do
nothing but scare the puppy. Your puppy has no idea why you
are angry. Any correction for anything you want to train must
occur when your puppy is in the act of doing something wrong.
The consistency of your verbal scolding every time your puppy
makes a mistake is what teaches them not to make the mistake
again. Your profuse praise and excitement each time your
puppy does something right is what makes them want to do it
right. There must be that dichotomy between right and wrong.
The difference between the two drives your puppy to the one
that makes it content – excitement and praise.
Your job is
always made easier when you have a fenced yard for your
puppy. Whether you open the door to let your puppy out into
the yard, or you take your puppy for a walk on a leash, be
consistent about which door you exit when going outside with
your puppy. Be alert for signs that your puppy is moving
toward the door. Try to anticipate his, or her, moves. By
using the same door, your puppy will learn to go to that door
when it needs to go outside. Whether you put bells on the
door and teach them to ring them, to go out; or whether you
simply want your puppy to learn to go to the door; the idea of
consistency in which door you use is important.
like to have a key word, or phrase (like “want go outside,” or
“want to go for a walk”), that is used for going outside. If
you choose to do so, then use that phrase every time you go
out. They will detect the pattern and derive its meaning.
will begin to understand you schedule. If it is consistent,
and reliable, your puppy will begin to settle in with that
schedule. If there is not consistency to the schedule for
going outside, then your puppy will have no way to anticipate
when he, or she, will be able to relieve itself.
is a journey. The process of teaching it to your puppy will
cause him, or her, to test the pattern(s) for weak spots, or
for certainty. Your diligence in issuing the timely
correction will reinforce the right behavior. It creates the
certainty and prevents weak spots in the pattern. This is how
your puppy will test the boundaries of your expectations and
create certainty in his, or her, behavior. Certainty is
reliability. Being uncertain and finding inconsistencies will
lead your puppy to continue to search for that certainty,
which translates to more mistakes.
wants to make you happy. He, or she, wants the safety and
security of knowing that it is loved and included. Always be
clear and concise about what you expect from your puppy. As
they test boundaries, in everything they do, they are
searching for the certainty of what you expect. You are a
parent raising a child; just a four-legged one. Discipline is
what makes them feel safe. Your puppy will learn to trust
that you will keep him safe by establishing the rules for
behavior. Absent those rules, your puppy will act out in
search of boundaries, until it finds them. Put them on the
path to success through the very partnership that will make
them a valued family member for many, many, years to come.
people like to use a dog door, we do! - these can be put in a
wall or a sliding glass door (so no permanent damage is done
to the house) these are a wonderful tool and definitely assist
in house training a puppy - I would NEVER be without one....Lesley
|A crate is your best
friend, when house training your puppy.
||And remember when out
walking, be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your