No such secret exists and the time it takes will differ from puppy to puppy and owner to owner.
Puppy Training Basics
The previous 10 articles contain a wealth of supporting information that answer many of the most common house training questions and provide the knowledge for you to make informed decisions on the method and style of potty training you will follow. To use this guide, I recommend reading it once fully from start to finish, then you will have covered everything you need to know to successfully house-train a puppy. Very long. It will likely take you 15 minutes to read.
And if you bookmark this guide you can use it as a reference by clicking in the table of contents above to take you directly to any section if you need to refresh your memory on a particular topic.
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At 8 weeks old, a puppy knows no better than to wee or poop absolutely anywhere they happen to be standing when the urge strikes. To achieve this there are 2 essential keys to success. This way you get the greatest number of opportunities to praise them for doing the right thing. You must also prevent mistakes in your home through a mixture of confinement and concentrated supervision. To do this is both an art and a science, needing a well thought out and highly planned approach to give your puppy the greatest chance possible of doing the right thing, while limiting opportunities to do the wrong thing.
How long can a puppy hold their bladder? How many times does a puppy need to potty each day?
So to answer the most frequently asked questions I wrote the following article: Basic need to know facts before you start. I recommend you read that article so you have realistic expectations of your puppy and yourself, to know what you can both achieve in what time frame.
How you approach things will have a dramatic effect on how smoothly things will go, so much so that I dedicated an entire article to the matter: The Mindset And Approach You Must Take to House Training. I cover how you must take on the role of guide and trainer, must be patient and understanding, yet firm and consistent.
Dogs have an instinct not to eliminate inside their den, the place where they eat and sleep. Some are essential, others are optional and what you need will depend upon the method you choose. In it is a detailed discussion of the influence your choices around food will make to your success and lots of advice around how to feed your puppy. Of course I highly recommend you read it, then you can come back informed and skip this section for the next.
But for those short on time, the main points of the article are as follows:. Low quality food is full of cheap fillers, has low nutritional value and is hard to digest resulting in more passing right through. Whereas high quality food is high in nutrition, easily digested and more gets absorbed meaning less passes through.
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Therefore, high quality food results in your dog producing fewer stools each day which is obviously ideal when house training. You can then base a schedule around these times, your puppy will learn to expect a toilet break at these times and house training becomes easier for both of you. If instead of sticking to strict feeding times you leave food down for your puppy all day, they may pick at and eat their food at random times.
With no regular, predictable pattern to when your puppy needs to poop, house training will be more difficult. Therefore, make your puppy eat on a schedule and pick up their food bowl between meals, whether emptied or not. Choose a single, high quality and nutritionally balanced brand of puppy food and stick to it. The important thing to do is remove their access to water for the last 2 hours before bed, otherwise they will need to go many times through the night which of course you do not want.
Dogs are attracted back to places by the smell of their own urine to use the same spot as a toilet again and again.
And their sense of smell is so keen that even the tiniest little trace of urine is enough to encourage a repeat performance. For advice on the cleaning products you should choose, those you simply must avoid, how to find hidden urine stains with a UV light and a step by step process for a fast and thorough cleaning, please see my article:.
Before you start potty training, you need to make one very important decision: Will your dog have a bathroom spot outside, inside, or perhaps even both? And how should you decide? My advice is: Choose an outdoor bathroom spot unless you have a very good reason to do otherwise. Training a dog to toilet outside exclusively is easier for your puppy to understand, easier for you to train and kinder on your nose.
But if you have mobility problems or live on the top floor of a high-rise building, getting outside quickly is impossible. Then you have to choose a bathroom spot inside your home, at least until your puppy has developed some strong bladder control. This is suitable if you have to work all day or must occasionally leave your dog alone for many hours.
I plan for this not to happen, but occasionally it does. You cannot crate a puppy for this length of time, so you must have a back up plan. And that is to confine them to an exercise pen or a single small room with a papered area for them to potty. But you might want to consider training them to use just one specific spot every time. Furthermore, if they regularly wee close to a door or underneath a window it can cause quite a stink to waft through your home, particularly in summer. An area away from any doors, windows, barbecues or play areas. So if you want them to keep using the one single spot you must still pick up what you can and give the area a regular clean.
When choosing an indoor potty spot, the first thing you want to keep in mind is that you have to live with the smell. Ideal places are any little used room: A spare room, the laundry room or a little used bathroom. Another consideration is the surface you place your dogs bathroom on. For indoor potty using dogs there will always be the risk of accidents and misses. Or if it must be in a carpeted area, lay a plastic sheet underneath the toilet to protect your floor and make cleaning easier. There are many options to choose from to use as an indoor potty spot.
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Turf boxes, litter trays, some new ones even have drainage that collect the waste in storage tanks…the list is now almost endless. Personally I always train my dogs to potty outside and do not provide a permanent indoor toilet for them.
- Are You Ready Young Jedi Puppy Trainer?.
- Lempatia creatrice (Italian Edition);
- Ultimate Raising A Puppy Guide | Puppies | Cesar's Way.
- The Giants of Sussex;
- Stealing Home: A Novel!
- True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy Book 2).
Puppy pads are highly absorbent and can be placed in a tray with raised edges, lessening spills and making clean up relatively easy. They also look better in the home than an area covered with paper slightly. So you can cover a wide area at very low-cost while your puppy is young and inexperienced. However, urine often runs off the paper before soaking in so spills are more common and cleaning up more difficult. Also, wee can soak through paper to the floor below more easily, though you can use a tray like with puppy pads if you wish.
A Litter tray is easy to clean with highly absorbent litter soaking up the waste and the high sides of the tray doing a good job of keeping everything contained. It also looks better than a spread of newspapers. But the main problems with litter are some dogs see it as a snack, it can get walked out of the tray and trodden around the house when stuck to their paws and god forbid you have a dog that tries to bury their waste! Turf boxes are available with genuine turf or synthetic options. They work well because they look so different to the surrounding floor that a puppy can easily distinguish it as a potty area, your dog gets a soft, grassy feeling under their feet and they do a good job of keeping everything contained.
The downside is they are the most expensive of the available options and some dogs develop the habit of trying to dig and chew in the turf box like they would with an outside bit of grass. I recommend using newspapers with a very young puppy, confined to a single room with an easy to clean floor. Once your puppy is used to going on the paper, cut the area covered down to the size of just a couple of sheets, then place puppy pads in a tray on top of the paper and encourage your puppy to use this.
But if you intend to use an indoor bathroom long-term, you might want to consider turf boxes, litter trays or even one of the more modern and creative indoor toilets available. There are some modern doggie loos available needing only weekly cleaning, some that eliminate odors and many that look better than paper or puppy pads as a permanent feature of a home so you may want to research some of these options.
There are 4 widely used and recommended methods you can choose from, though the reality is you will almost certainly use a mixture of 2 or more.
- A vet’s guide to your puppy’s first six months.
- Before You Adopt;
- Dogs 101: Your Starter Guide for Getting a Dog.
- Follow Me: Fishers of Men;
- Momo bouche dor (Hors collection) (French Edition).
- Animals by the Numbers Book 2 (Casaba and Crenshaws Funtimes)?
- Dragon Paths.
Throughout the rest of this guide I will be referring to each of these 4 methods and when you should or could be using them. Paper training is the most widely known and most commonly used method for house training throughout the world. Description: Paper training is teaching your puppy to toilet indoors on a wide area of newspapers or pre-treated puppy pads that encourage a puppy to use the area as a bathroom. Once used to using the paper or the pads, you slowly cut the area covered until they reliably use just a couple of sheets and never miss.
You then slowly move the paper toward the outside where another set is placed and you begin to encourage your puppy to go outside only, before completely removing the papers inside. At this point they will have made the transition. A top tip when paper training is when you clean away soiled paper, you should hold one piece back and place it as a middle layer of the new papers. This is confusing and will make the learning process take longer. Best suited to: Either people who are going to have an indoor bathroom spot long-term, or people who will not use a crate for training yet cannot commit to constantly supervising their puppy when inside the home.
But it does result in more mistakes from your puppy until later in life. Equipment needed: Nothing but stacks of old newspapers! A very cost-effective method. Description: The method takes advantage of the fact dogs have a natural instinct not to soil the area where they eat and sleep. Key to this is making the crate just large enough to stand in, turn around easily and lay down stretched out but no bigger. The rest of the time you watch them and regularly take them outside to potty to teach them good habits. Best suited to: Everybody! This is because you will have to crate train your puppy before you can use a crate for house training which does take time and effort.
Click here for my free and detailed guide to crate training your puppy. Equipment needed: A suitable crate.
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