How to Housebreak a Puppy—4 Tips that Actually Work

How to Housebreak a Puppy—4 Tips that Actually Work

You’ve probably tried everything. Do you think people that know how to housebreak a puppy are only myths? They’re not.

You can be one of the lucky few with the secret recipe. There are proven tricks that actually work and below we will reveal them all.

But first, a word about your new dog.

    1. Why is it Difficult to Housebreak a Puppy?

Habits take time to break and build. Your puppy doesn’t understand that it’s wrong to make a mess in your home. It’s also not accustomed to controlling natural urges. Waiting until you’ve opened the door for him or her to go out is new notion they’ll only grasp over time.

Added to this you must realize your puppy is stressed in its new environment. Anxiety will add to the difficulty of controlling its impulses.

Are you ready to help it learn the right habits in a dog friendly manner?

    1. Tips that Work

These tips work because they align with your dog’s natural predispositions. We need to teach dogs in a way they respond to, so they eventually comply with our wishes. Make sense?

      1. Routine is Essential

Here is the good news. Your puppy’s digestive system is on a strict schedule. Monitor him for a few days and you’ll see that it’s ready to relieve itself within 30 minutes of each meal.

How does this work in your favor? You can easily implement a routine. And that’s how your puppy learns the rules of where to mess:

  • Feed it the same type of food each day, so its digestive system doesn’t have to contend with unfamiliar substances
  • Feed it at the same time each day
  • Directly after a meal, make sure it’s taken outside
  • Wait for it to potty
  • Reward it immediately with attention or a treat

You’re achieving two things:

  • Soon your dog will automatically follow the routine of going outside after meals
  • It learns that messing outside is a good thing. It will do it again to get more rewards
      1. Rewards Reap Results

Of course it may have the urge to relieve itself at night. The next time you find your dog messing inside your house, don’t yell at it. Dogs respond to affirmation, not insults or intimidation.

What you need to do is be proactive:

  • Be alert for your dog waking at night
  • Get up immediately and take it outside
  • Reward it when it relieves itself

Once again, you rewarding the action means it will try and get it right in future. Eventually it will become a habit and your dog will come & wake you to go outside.

      1. Use Their Senses to Your Advantage

Dogs don’t like dirty homes. Your pup’s mother removed filth from the area she slept in with her litter. Therefore your dog doesn’t associate the smell of filth with its home. If you can quickly remove a mess and counter the smell with air freshener, your dog won’t see the interior of your home as the best place to potty.

By continually taking puppies outside, they will associate those exterior smells with their need to relieve themselves. It’s all about routine and consistency.

      1. It’s a Process

If your puppy is already messing inside the house, you have a slightly bigger task ahead of you. But it’s still possible to create a new habit:

  • Place training pads in specific spots
  • Reward your dog each time it messes on the pad instead of your carpet
  • When it’s accustomed to using the pads, start moving them closer to a door leading outside and eventually onto the grass
  • The dog also gets used to heading for the door when it has an urge
  • Now you can keep on reinforcing the notion until it exchanges grass for the pad

Take a deep breath and try again. Yes, it takes effort to teach any dog new tricks. But you must use methods that make sense to your dog. If others have succeeded with these tips, you can too.

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