A Quick Guide to Housetraining Your Puppy
The housetraining process can be stressful and frustrating, especially if your puppy just doesn’t seem to get it. Every puppy has different challenges in potty training and may have accidents not just once, but most likely several times. Read on for basic housetraining techniques that will have your puppy house trained sooner rather than later.
Feeding and Drinking – Puppies, especially newborns, tend to eat and relieve themselves frequently. That’s because a puppy can only hold his bladder one hour for every month of his age. So when he’s two months old, he will be able to control his bladder at least every 2 hours.
Dogs or puppies should be fed on schedule. Feeding your puppy at the same time every day will make housetraining easier for the both of you.
Controlling your puppy’s drinking habit at night minimizes his need to go potty when you’re asleep. Hours before bedtime, take his water dish away from him to avoid accidents.
Take them outside – Every morning, if you are not on a tight schedule or working, make it a habit to take your pups outside. Your puppy will usually bark and squeal if he needs his bathroom break. If you are not at home, you may consider hiring a dog walker to avoid accidents on your carpet.
Pick a Bathroom Spot – Every time you take your puppy outside, take him to the same spot whenever he has to go. You can also tell him phrases like “Go Potty” before he poops so he can be reminded of what to do each time.
Offer some treats – A simple reward every time your puppy successfully pees or poops outdoors can help you with the housetraining. Always bring some treats whenever you go out with your puppy.
If the training process is done correctly and patiently, you will establish a trusting and loving relationship between you and your pup.
Expect that when living with a puppy, pet accidents happen, which can soil your carpet any time. If you need some help with carpet cleaning, Bond Cleaning Australia provides top-quality stain removal services that can eliminate odours and pet stains.
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