How to Train a Puppy

Congratulations on getting a new pup. The next challenging assignment is instilling good behaviors and building a loving bond with the new puppy.

Questions most first-time puppy parents ask are:

  • When do you begin the puppy training session?
  • Which two basic training you should start with first?

Immediately your puppy is seven weeks old. During this time, a puppy can learn how to hold their bladder for long. If you take a long time to train the puppy, it may sometimes take for a puppy to get some basic commands right.

Regardless of which training you give your puppy, learn to be consistent, patient, and offer positive reinforcement each time they ace the training.

Let's look at the puppy training in detail.

House Training a New Puppy

Most pet parents call it potty training, house training, or housebreaking. It's the first thing your new pup needs to learn when they get at home.

Housetraining involves teaching your pup where to pee and poo. That way, you prevent the pup from emptying their bowels anywhere around the house.

So why house training?

When pups are born before they are seven weeks old, they pee and poo a lot. Failure to teach them house training when they are seven weeks old, they will soil your house.

Chances are, you don't want that to happen to you, right? So, it is only fair for you to introduce a culture and history of peeing and pooping at home.

If you do it well, the pups will adopt and stick to the routine. Depending on the age of your puppies, house training your puppy will always involve three stages:

  • (1) The Area to Potty
  • (2) Learning self-control
  • (3) Independent toileting

Let's look at these stages in detail.

Stage 1: Creating a Toilet Area

Here you'll teach your puppy where to wee and poo while preventing him from emptying himself in the wrong place. Always restrict your puppy from peeing in your home or washable floors.

Your puppy's toilet area needs to be outside, and you need to get them out to pee when:

  • They wake up from sleep
  • After eating their food
  • After playing
  • Anytime you feel their bladder is full

Sometimes, it pays off to monitor the puppy's bladder to know if full. You can do this by cuddling the pet in the first few days and pressing the bladder slowly.

Of course, there's a way you can predict when your puppy's bladder is full without cuddling them. To do that, you'll need to spend the first three days with your puppy to find out how frequent they pee.

Another way is to assume the puppy is going to pee after every 30 minutes. Then you can adjust up or down. If you are going to do this well, have a notebook to take notes.

When you take your puppy to pee outside, wait for him until he is finished with the job. Sometimes, they take longer because they are just getting used to the area. As a puppy parent, you need to exercise patience and consistency.

After a few days, chances are, they will know the precise area to do their business. Any time your puppy emptied at the precise place, reward good behavior with a treat and praise. That's the only way the pup will ace the training.

Stage 2: Teach the Puppy Self-Control

Self-control is vital for your puppy. It means your puppy can wait a few minutes before they can do their business. If you do this well, you won't need to monitor him in the first 30 minutes or after his last wee.

Before you start teaching about self-control, make sure that he knows well his toilet area. The following signs will indicate if your pet needs a toilet:

  • Whimpering
  • Restless
  • Sniffing about

As long as you don't wait for too long, the puppy won't wee on the bed. At some point in the training process, your pup would be able to wait for an hour or between wee.

The one thing you need to keep in mind is,  the fact that the puppy has gone for an hour without peeing doesn't mean that he can go for the second hour. Make sure to relieve them.

Stage 3: Extending the Clean Zone

When your puppy is comfortable going to the toilet on his own, you can start now creating toilet breaks. If he used to go after every 30 minutes, you could try making sure he goes after 45 minutes.

If they master this well, you can introduce your puppy to your home. He may come to the kitchen or the living room. 

One thing you'll notice is that your puppy may pee in the yard and not in the kitchen, but still, they may not understand what rules apply. So you must correct them anytime an accident occurs.

Crate Potty Training a Puppy

You can use the crate to train your puppy since the crate is a useful tool in potty training. When your puppy sees the crate as their bed, they won't soil it.

If potty training fails outside, you can use the crate when you notice unproductive toilet trips in stage one. And you can use it to extend the time between toilet trips.

Use a crate to show the puppy the difference between sleeping and toilet area. Although crate training helps a puppy, it won't give him much control over toileting.

Do's and Don'ts in Potty Training

  • Never punish your puppy when they make mistakes.
  • Clap loudly when you catch your puppy in the act. That way, you'll teach him that's unacceptable. After that, you can take him outside or call him. When he's done, praise and give him a treat.
  • Wait for your puppy outside to avoid mistakes and accidents. They will need that time to explore before relieving themselves.
  • Any accident or messy done by the puppy should be cleaned with an enzymatic cleanser instead of ammonia-based cleaner to reduce odors that will attract him back to the pet.
  • Keep a record and takes notes.

Start Train Your New Pup Today

Imagine the joy you'll experience when your puppy ace the training and follows everything they need to know to be a good citizen. You'll feel confident having him around.

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