House Training A Puppy

House training a puppy means the identification and establishment of your puppy’s main toilet area.

It is one of the first few important tasks of puppy training when the puppy is first introduce to its new home. Clear designated sleeping, playing and toilet areas are vital starting point of the house breaking process for your puppy to develop the proper habits and desired behavior.




House Training A Puppy

Puppy house training can be categorized into two main types:

  1. Passive House Training or Paper Training, and
  2. Active House Training

Giving proper attention, the house training process should take approximately two to four weeks to establish a routine and between six to twelve months to be completed.

Preparation For House Training Your Puppy

To start off with the house training, a room should be prepared and “puppy proofed” with no dangerous objects (items like detergents, glue, nail polish, medications, various toiletries and cosmetics). Small objects like coins, paper clips, jewelry, figurines, pins, tacks or stables and heavy items such as lamps, telephones, radios should be place away from the room.

Passive House Training A Puppy

Passive house training or paper training is very useful in the event you cannot be around most of the time to train your puppy his or her toilet habits.

Start by papering a large area in the room and direct your puppy’s attention to the papers for his bowel and bladder needs. The initial process, however can be quite a challenge as he or she might not understand the meaning of the papers and will most likely mess up the room by playing or chewing the papers.

Don’t get upset by this minor setback. Simply clean up and replace the area with new papers again.

Given time, your puppy will start to recognize and differentiate his play and sleeping area in the room. He or she will begin to identify the papers as its elimination area. Observe the behavior for two weeks for your puppy to develop this habit of eliminating on paper. After the two weeks, you can start to change the location of the papers to anyway of your choice for easier clean-up.

Active House Training

An active approach to your puppy house training process will only benefit everyone as this will speed up the development of your puppy’s toilet habits. Methodology is almost similar as passive house training except that you are more active in supervising and guiding your puppy.

Puppies need to eliminate almost every 45 minutes after eating, drinking or playing. So whenever you see your puppy sniffing and circling around in a special way, immediately take your puppy to the papers. Reward your puppy with play time or affection if he or she do it correctly by eliminating on the papers. Use a firm “No” kind of tonality to discourage the wrong habits or behavior.

Another important puppy problem that might occur during this period is the so-called “submissive urination”, which appears while showing joy and gratitude for your presence. It’s a puppy way of showing respect to you. More patience will be needed here to strengthen your puppy confidence to eliminate this habit successfully.

Keys To House Training A Puppy With Success

  • Spend as much time possible with your puppy and give him or her total access to its toilet area.

  • Do not punish your puppy’s bowel and bladder accidents. Your puppy is too young to understand. Be flexible and patient with him or her by analyzing the event properly and correcting the wrong behavior.

  • Virtually every puppy will have "accidents" in the house. This is part of raising a puppy. Therefore, know what your expectations are and developing clear communications with your puppy.

  • Cleaning up the soiled area is very important because puppies are highly motivated to continue soiling in the same areas to scent mark their territory.

  • Reward your puppy with praises or treats every time he or she eliminates at the correct location. You must praise or treat him/her immediately after your puppy has finished eliminating, not after he comes back inside the house.

  • If possible, put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule. Feeding your puppy at the same times each day will make it more likely that he’ll eliminate at consistent times as well. This makes house training easier for both of you.

House training a puppy successfully depend a lot on your consistency, discipline and perseverance. Treating your puppy with patience and understanding, using the appropriate house training methods are the main ingredients to developing a well behaved dog with good toilet habits.


House Training A Puppy



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