Housebreaking a puppy can be stressful, but it’s also a great bonding experience for you and your pup. Just remember to be patient with them during this process. It’s harder for your puppy than it is for you (even though you’re the one cleaning up the mess). Follow these tips, and you’re sure to find success – together!
Preparing To Bring Your Puppy Home
You just gained a child (we like to think of our pets as family), and you’re bringing your new puppy home for the first time! It’s such an exciting time for you. But it’s also scary. You may need some tips to know what to expect from them and what you should do to provide a safe environment.
Read about bringing a puppy home to learn what you need first and other essential need-to-knows.
How To Potty Train A Puppy
Learning how to house train a puppy can be challenging, but it is rewarding in the end. It’s recommended that you start potty training a puppy when they are 12 to 16 weeks old. If you follow these steps for potty training puppies correctly, you could have a house-trained pup in just a couple of weeks.
- Have a regular feeding schedule for your puppy.
- Take your puppy out first thing in the morning and then every 30 to 60 minutes. Also, take them outside for potty breaks after meals and naps and before bed.
- Take them to the same spot every time. (The scent will help remind them where to go potty.)
- Stay outside with your pup while you’re trying to house train them.
- After your puppy goes potty, give him or her lots of attention and show them they did a great job. Maybe give them a treat as a reward.
Puppyhood Is The Best Time To Consider Pet Insurance
As a puppy, your dog has probably not shown any significant health concerns at their young age. Since pet insurance companies do not cover pre-existing conditions, the younger your dog is when you signup, the better coverage you will likely receive throughout their lifetime. Further, pet insurance can help support you financially during the unpredictable puppy years when dogs are more likely to chew on things they shouldn’t and run into dangerous situations. Check out our pet insurance 101 guide to learn more and determine whether pet insurance is worth it for your puppy.
How To Potty Train A Puppy Infographic
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What If My House Trained Puppy Has An Accident?
So you think you’ve got your puppy house trained, but then they have an accident. What happened to all the success you had? Perhaps one of these reasons is behind the incident.
- Too Young – Dogs younger than 12 weeks haven’t developed bladder or bowel control yet.
- House Training Not Complete – They aren’t quite there yet and may not know how to tell you that they need to go out.
- Regressing Is Real – Some puppies fall back in their progress, so remember to be patient with them.
Does Crate Training Work?
Many pet parents try crate training with their pups. The idea is that your pup will look at their crate as a safe place. They will consider it their home and go to it when they need to rest or feel scared of a storm. Because of this feeling of security, they won’t want to go potty in the crate because it’s their home. Read this article to learn more about how to crate train your puppy.
How long did it take you to potty train your puppy?