What’s the Idea?
It is important to know how to house train a puppy. It can be a lot of work, but here are some helpful tips for your new dog.
What’s the story
I have a beautiful Siberian husky and he’s the most charming creature on Earth.
This is contrary to other articles that warn people about getting a husky. Siberian Huskies are energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise.
Because of their independent nature, they can be more difficult to train than other dog breeds.
Huskies are also notable for their strength and agility making them excellent sledge dogs and playful house pets.
However, unless you house train a puppy in their early years, they can develop destructive behaviour and aggression.
I had a lot of challenges when I was raising my husky, but it didn’t stop me from being patient with him.
After months of house training, I succeeded.
Now, he’s a playful, loving, and well-trained house dog.
People should do this because…?
It’s sad to know that many dogs get abandoned each year and turn up in shelters because they have grown “too destructive”.
This is a result of a lack of training and irresponsibility by most dog owners.
House training a puppy teaches him to be obedient and disciplined.
Even the most stubborn dog can be trained and become great companions and loving pets.
How do you do it?
Establish a commitment
Raising a dog is a big responsibility and you, as a dog owner must commit to being patient, caring, and loving to your pet dog.
Not every dog is alike, so don’t be mad if your other pet learned to potty train more quickly while your new one is struggling for a while.
The key to successful house training a puppy is consistency.
Be consistent and teach your pup in a calm manner.
Introduce your puppy to its new home
When moving to a new environment, dogs tend to be curious and excited.
Sometimes, they can become fearful and anxious.
When he first arrives, show your puppy to parts of your home where he is allowed.
Keep your bedroom doors closed if you want the area to be off-limits to your pets.
Don’t yell or strike your dog if he does something wrong
The first few weeks are important in laying out the foundation of your relationship.
Your dog must learn to trust and respect you, as well as all the family members in your home.
Deal with accidents calmly
Accidents are normal and part of your pup’s growth, so don’t be mad at your puppy when he soils your carpet or poops on your porch.
Don’t ever resort to striking or yelling your puppy when he does something you don’t like.
If you catch your dog in the act of urinating, grab their attention with a loud whistle or a signal word such as “No” or “Stop!”.
Do not scare your puppy and scold him again and again.
Don’t use ammonia-based cleaning compounds
After your dog accidentally urinates in your furniture— use a pet stain cleaning product to the spot so that they aren’t drawn to peeing in the area again.
But remember not to use an ammonia-based cleaning compound as it smells similar to urine.
Create a potty schedule
The first thing you want to do is create a potty training schedule for your pup.
Puppies are very predictable when it comes to their toilet especially when they’re very young.
According to vets, dogs pee or poop around 15-20 minutes after they eat, drink, or exercise.
They also need to urinate immediately after they wake up.
Train your puppy to call your attention when he needs to go out
You could place a bell on the door and train your dog to ring the bell when they need to go out.
Start training by ringing the bell every time you take him out and praise him as soon as he learns it to do himself.
Set a “potty spot”
Find a designated “potty spot” for your puppy.
It can be a yard or if you live in a high-rise apartment a dog litter box.
You can take him to the same spot every day and wait patiently until he’s ready.
Don’t forget to reward after doing the behaviour.
Puppies will remember the scent of their urine and will be drawn to this spot each time they want to do their business.
Learn signs of needing to go
You don’t need to master dog language to notice cues when your puppy needs to eliminate.
Common signs include sniffing the floor, pacing in circles, and barking or scratching the door.
Once he shows these signs, quickly usher your dog to his potty spot.
Keep a close eye on your puppy
Just like toddlers, puppies need to be supervised at all times.
If you need to go out for a short while, place your dog inside a crate or create a close off section in your home with doggy gates or baby gates.
This limits accidents in other areas of your home when you’re not around.
Don’t crate your dog for more than 8 hours, this might lead to destructive and anxious behaviours.
Use positive reinforcement
Rewarding and praising good behaviour is the best way to enforce the right habits.
When praising, use a specific word such as “good boy” or “very good” and follow this by a treat.
Plan ahead for travel
House training a puppy also involves knowing what to do when you need to be away from your pup.
If you need to travel for more than a day or two, make sure you have planned for your puppy’s welfare while at home.
Decide if you want to take your puppy to a dog hotel or have someone watch him while you’re away.
If travelling with your puppy, make sure that all your accommodations allow pets.
If you’re asking a friend or family to watch him, give them instructions on how to care for your puppy.
Stuff you may need
- Pet-stain cleaning products
- Dog litter box
- Doggy gate or fence