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If you want to effectively housetrain your pup, you have to be consistent, patient and provide plenty of positive reinforcement. You need to cultivate the proper habits while simultaneously building a loving bond with your pup. Usually, it takes 6 months to housetrain a pup, but it may vary depending on the size of the pup.
For instance, small breeds have higher metabolism and smaller bladders and need to take more frequent trips outside. If you face any setbacks during training, worry not. As long as you stay with the program, take your puppy out at the right times and offer him rewards, he will learn.
Steps to housetrain your pup
Animal experts recommend confining the pup to a defined space, whether in a room, a crate or on a leash. As he begins to learn that he needs to go outside to relieve himself, you can give him more freedom. Follow these steps when you start training:
- Keep your pup on a regular schedule for eating and make sure you take away all the food he gets in between meals.
- Take him outside so that he can relieve himself the very first thin in the morning, and also once every hour. Also, take him outside after a meal and when he wakes up from his nap. Make sure he gets to relive himself once before he is left alone for the night.
- Take him to the same spot every time. His scent will eventually start prompting him to go.
- When he successfully eliminates outside, give him a delicious treat or praise him. You can take him walking around the neighborhood as a reward.
Using a crate for housetraining
A crate is a great way to housetrain your pup in the short term. You can easily keep an eye on him till it is time for him to relieve himself and you can also teach him to hold it till you open it and let him go outside. Here are a few guidelines:
- The crate must be big enough for him to turn around and lie down. However, if it is too big, he will end up using the corner as a bathroom.
- If you are planning to use it for more than two hours, make sure he has fresh water in an attached dispenser.
- If it is not possible for you to be present during the housetraining, ensure that he gets a break at midday, at least for the first eight months.
- Do not use a crate if your pup eliminates in it. If he relieves himself in the crate, it could mean a lot of things – he could have picked up bad habits in the pet store or shelter he was in and might have brought it with him. It is also possible that he is much too young to hold his bowel and bladder movements.