You don’t want your puppy to urinate in the house, and neither do they, but they’ll need your help to learn how to go appropriately. It takes a significant amount of patience, commitment and vigilance to house-train a dog, the Humane Society of the United States explained. You need to show your pup consistency and build a structure to bathroom breaks and usage that they can abide by and flourish under.
Develop a schedule
Young dogs can only wait so long, so a schedule can be a mutually beneficial way to think about bathroom breaks. A 2-month-old puppy can only hold their urine for about two hours, the Humane Society pointed out. So you should establish a timeline for when you’ll go outside and stick to it. You’ll also need to establish a feeding schedule three to four times a day that should mesh with the bathroom schedule to give them a chance to release their waste in a timely manner and avoid an accident. Cesar’s Way noted that dogs between 2 and 4 months old can digest food in as little as five to 30 minutes.
Bedtime should be a part of your puppy’s bigger schedule. The Human Society suggested removing his water dish about two hours before bedtime to prevent multiple midnight bathroom breaks.
Find your ‘bathroom area’
Once you have your schedule, you’ll be taking your pup outside pretty frequently while they’re between 2 and 4 months old. It’s important to bring them to a similar area each time. Whether this is a spot in the woods on your property where waste is permitted or somewhere comfortable where you can pick up after your pup, this will help teach them that when they go to this location it’s time for the bathroom.
Reward them for doing well, and don’t punish for mistakes
House-training can be difficult, and you may get upset, but it’s important to stay calm while potty training. Not only is it mean to get angry at your young pup, but it can actually teach them that bodily functions are bad, Cesar’s Way explained. This may even cause more accidents. When an accident occurs, just move your dog to an appropriate area where they can relieve themself.
When they does go to the bathroom outdoors, give your dog a treat or reward. Let them know that they did a good job. Over time, things will get easier and your dog will grow into a close friend who is fully house-trained.
While you’re training your pup, use your PetPlus membership to get the perfect treats, as well as medication and puppy food.