House Training a Puppy: Tips for New Parents

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Most new pet parents find it difficult to house train their puppies. However, the truth remains that house training a puppy isn’t difficult. As a new pet parent, all you need is patience, and consistency to instil good habits in your four-legged friend. 

 

House training a puppy should begin when your puppy is 12 to 16 weeks old; at that time, he or she has good control of the bladder and bowel movement. Usually, it takes 4- 6 months for your puppies to be house trained in order to adapt to a new environment. When deciding on how to house train your puppy, you have two major options. You can choose to train them on how to relieve themselves outdoor or use a pee pad indoor.

Indoor to outdoor method

 

If you don’t have a yard, it is best to start potty training your dog indoor and transition outdoor as time goes on. To begin training your dog in the door, you need to know how to train your puppy on pads. To potty train your puppy on pads, all you need is to determine the confined area, which could be the bathroom or laundry and ensure it is puppy-proofed and free from harmful products. Set up space by covering the floor with a pee pad and placing your pet bed very close.

Indoor to outdoor method

 

If you don’t have a yard, it is best to start potty training your dog indoor and transition outdoor as time goes on. To begin training your dog in the door, you need to know how to train your puppy on pads. To potty train your puppy on pads, all you need is to determine the confined area, which could be the bathroom or laundry and ensure it is puppy-proofed and free from harmful products. Set up space by covering the floor with a pee pad and placing your pet bed very close.

Tips for house training your puppy

Step 1: Teach them the potty cue

The first step to house training your puppy is by teaching them how to potty cue. First, have your puppy sit by the back door. When they bark, open the door and let them out.

Step 2: Choose a potty area

It is vital to choose a potty area where your pet can relieve themselves. Start by putting your four-legged friends on a leash; walk them out to the area, wait for your puppy to relieve themselves, and then reward them with a treat or verbal praise. 

Step 3: Confine them to an area when you are not at home

When you are not at home, you can confine your pet to an area using a crate. This helps to limit their movement to your living room or bedroom.

 Finally, house training your dog doesn’t have to be difficult, with the tips listed above, patience and consistency, you should have your puppy obey all house rules and use the potty when relieving him or herself.

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