Puppies are a lot of fun to be with but they equally demand lots of attention, care and time in order to be well brought up; besides grooming, playing with, feeding and taking to the veterinarian about the most important thing that you must know is how to train your puppy otherwise you will not get the best out of her.
In this article I will be talking about the two most important areas of puppy training: house training your puppy and obedience training. To provide the best in these regard for your puppy, you will have to undertake the task yourself.
Of the two types of training that your puppy will require, house training your puppy is clearly the one that you feel an immediate need for. After all a well house trained dog will be easier to train in obedience commands.
House training your puppy
While house training for your puppy is very important, it is essential to know that you must employ an all positive approach so that you do not scare your puppy and make house training a horrible experience that she dreads.
You should know that young puppies (under one year old) do not have the same level of bladder control as older puppies.
To be successful in house training your puppy, you should ensure that:
- You frequently take your puppy outdoors and at regular intervals and rewarding her when she eliminate at location that you want her to be doing her business.
- Prevent your puppy from accidentally doing her business indoors through close supervision and confinement.
House training your puppy is achieved by rewarding your puppy when she eliminates where you want her doing her business and preventing accidental defecation and urination in places that are not acceptable to you.
Employ the use of crating and confinement but keep it to a minimum. Some amount of restriction is essential to make your puppy learn to hold herself.
For instance you could the smart approach of keep her within limit space that is just large enough for her to spread out on the floor and not too large for her to eliminate in one corner of the confinement and still fine enough space to lie down. Your puppy will labor not to eliminate on the place where she will lie down.
How much time does it take to house train your puppy?
The time it takes puppies to learn house training varies from puppy to puppy, however for most puppies you can expect it to take between four to six months. For others it may take as much as eight to twelve months. While some will learn pretty quickly and then seem to retrogress, and never forget that it will take some time for your puppy to develop proper bladder and bowel control.
How frequently should you take you puppy outdoors to eliminate?
Again this is different for puppies but you can safely work with this yardstick: a young puppy (few months) can realistically hold herself for the exact number of hours as her age in months (this is not to suggest that a ten month puppy can stay without eliminating for ten hours).
Because they are inactive at night they are able to stay a little longer.
The above mentioned yardstick is a safe guide to work with when trying to determine how frequently you should be taking her outdoors to eliminate in order to prevent accidental defecation and urination.
You should make effort to observe your puppy so that you can come up with a more precise time interval.
Essential tips for house training your puppy
- Be consistent in your daily feeding schedule and avoid meals in between.
- Take your dog outdoors at regular interval. Start by taking your puppy outdoors every hour and shortly after nap, meals, first thing in the morning and last thing before going to bed.
- If do not have the time to keep an eye on your puppy then you should confine her to a crate.
- When your puppy eliminates outdoors, reward her.
- If you see her eliminating in unacceptable places in the house, do something (like clapping your hands) to startle her without getting her scare.
Obedience training for your puppy in 4 steps:
The very first step on how to train your puppy is to ensure that you have some form of reward at hand because puppies generally respond better with some form of reward as it is very difficult to train a puppy without a reward.