I really don’t think that there was ever anything on this Earth as utterly adorable as a Rottweiler puppy dog. But I’m biased, and in truth, all puppies are simply a God-sent blessing in our lives.
Getting a new puppy is a wonderful experience that your whole family will enjoy. Puppies are cute, love to play, love their owners, and will quickly become part of the family. Deciding to add a new puppy to your family, however, means that you also have to house train it.
Puppies do not instinctively know where is acceptable to relieve themselves the way that kittens quickly learn to use litter boxes. Learning how to potty train a puppy takes planning and patience, and it can be quite frustrating. However, owning a completely house broken dog will be worth the effort and aggravation.
Many people do not know how to begin house or clicker training for puppies or understand how much a puppy is capable of. Dogs learn young that they do not want to relieve themselves close to where they sleep. Between eight and sixteen weeks old, many puppies can be easily trained to do their business outside.
The younger you start training a puppy, however. Younger dogs may have to be taken outside more frequently, but they can still begin to understand the concept.
How Frequently Does a Puppy Need to Go Outside?
How often you must take your puppy out to do its business depends on the pup’s age. Younger dogs between eight and sixteen weeks old can normally hold their bladders for about two hours.
That may not seem like long, but it is the maximum time to expect a younger puppy to wait. By the time they are sixteen weeks old, they can usually wait about four hours before they have an accident.
After four months old, dogs may understand the concept of going outside and know what is expected of them. However, they are curious and distracted at this age, as they are beginning to understand the world around them.
Because of this, dogs up to six months old may occasionally have accidents even if they seem like they are house broken. After six months old, most dogs can wait up to eight hours before they must be taken outside to relieve themselves.
Does Crate Training Help with House Breaking a Puppy?
Effective crate training (be careful!) can be a good way to help with house training puppies. The dog will not want to relieve itself near where it sleeps. For this reason, it is important to provide a crate that is big enough to accommodate your dog but not so large that it has lots of room to walk around.
A cozy crate with enough room to stand and sleep is best. It the crate is too large, some dogs may relieve themselves on the opposite side as their bedding.
Crates are a good way to prevent accidents during short periods of time, like when you need to go to work or run errands. Once you return home, it is important to take your puppy outside immediately so that it learns the correct behavior and doesn’t have an accident before it makes it outside. Remember to take into account your puppy’s age and how long it can reasonably hold its bladder when leaving it in a crate.
How To Train A Puppy
Learning how to house train a puppy can be difficult at first, but once you get into a routine it becomes much easier. Take your puppy to an predetermined area that is safe and protected from wind and bad weather. Use a simple command such as “hurry up” or “go ahead” to encourage your dog to relieve himself. If he does, don’t make any more noises until he is through. A
Afterward, use a positive, excited voice and praise him so that he knows he did the right thing. Then take your pup back inside your home.
It is important to give adequate praise to let your puppy understand that he is doing the desired behavior. A small treat can be used as well, but be careful not to overfeed your dog.
Once you decide which command you will use to train your pup to relieve himself, make sure to only use that phrase during housebreaking and not change what you say. This way, if you are away from your home, your dog will still understand your command to relieve himself.
Never EVER hit your dog if it has an accident. This will only confuse the puppy and make it hide mistakes from you in the future. Apart from that, if I find out I might just shoot you! Calmly take the puppy to its designated potty spot outside if it should have an accident.
Clean the accident up with a carpet cleaner or disinfectant spray, depending on what surface it is on, so that the smell of urine is gone. It is a good idea to use cleaners specifically designed for pet messes because a dog has a keen sense of smell. They will repeatedly go in the same spot if they are able to smell the urine.
A puppy can make a wonderful friend and addition to the family. With a little time and patience, you can teach your dog to relieve itself outside without accidents. By respecting a puppy’s limits and being consistent, house breaking can be successful and struggle-free. Learning How To Train A Puppy is one of the most important parts of deciding to own a dog.