You have a new puppy and you are all excited. Naturally, one of the things you will have to do is take time out to begin housebreaking your puppy. He can be as little as three to eight weeks to begin, depending on the dog and if he was born to a litter in your home or whether he was adopted from a shelter. If an older dog, you may have a bit of a challenge ahead if he is not already housebroken as this is something an older dog should have acquired.
Take time out of your busy day to introduce your new puppy to a new area where you intend for him to eliminate. This can be an area set aside with newspapers, or somewhere outside if an older puppy.
Let him spend some time getting used to the place. It’s best to take him some time after he has eaten and had some water.
Make a habit to take him to the same spot every day. Don’t miss a day. Don’t play with him while in that spot. Leave him be, and let him smell and wander about. The point is not to distract him while in this area. If he looks totally disinterested, then it’s time to go indoors.
If your new puppy happens to have an accident and eliminates before he gets to the housebreaking spot, don’t make a big deal. Clean it up, and ignore the mistake. This is not the time to be very dramatic and to potentially scare your pet. Threatening, hitting and sticking your pet’s nose in the urine or feces will not help. It is best to ignore the mistake and to move on with training.
When your pet does eliminate in the designated area, positively reinforce the behavior with a “good boy” affirmation or petting your pet. This helps to reinforce in your pet that what he has done is favorable.
If your pet happens to eliminate himself in an unwanted area somewhere in the house, be sure to clean it up promptly and to neutralize the odor with a spray or cleaner from the pet shop. There are many products on the market for sale in pet shops which help to do just this. Consult with your local pet shop clerk for help.
Water on schedule
To control your pet’s need to eliminate, be sure to water/feed and “walk” him to him elimination spot on a regular basis. Make sure your pet has access to water, but if your pet is eliminating a lot you may want to cut back on how much water you are giving him. Food should also be given on a schedule as well.
What NOT to do: Don’t physically retaliate
Physical punishment never helps anyone, especially pets. If you are having trouble training your pet seek the help of a professional trainer. Abusing your pet can create more problems, like aggression, which is definitely a lot harder to deal with than just housebreaking.