It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to a year. All puppies have their own personality. It may seem like your puppy won't potty train when he continually has accidents within the home, but there are steps you can take to get your little pup going where he should in no time at all. With regular training and lots of chances for success, your tiny pup will be successful going where you want him to reliably. No matter how much you love your new little companion, potty training a stubborn puppy – and dealing with repeated potty accidents in the house – can be frustrating.
Little pups have little bladders, so they'll need to go out every two hours to start with. That may seem like a lot, but it ensures your pup reliably eliminates where you want her to. Little pups may even need a bathroom break once in the middle of the night, at least to start with until they are able to hold their bladders throughout the night consistently.
You'll also want to take your pup out first thing in the morning, right after meals, and just before bedtime. Remember, the more chances you give your pup to go where you want her to, the better your chances at the potty training being successful.
Potty training takes time. When working with a stubborn pup, patience is paramount. Some puppies potty train within a couple of days, while others take six months or more. If you’re staring at the latter end of this range, it’s still considered normal; it just means you need to maintain your perseverance and consistency.
Choose A Command Word
Using a particular word command such as “go doggy”, “go puppy”, “go potty, will teach your puppy to go to the direction of the bathroom.
A word command is necessary because your puppy will recognize the word, and do the right thing by going to the restroom.
Praising your dog lets her know when she's done just what you want and encourages her to do it again. You can also begin to associate a command with the behavior you want, such as "Go Potty." Say the command, wait for your puppy to do her business, and then praise her and treat her. Always use positive reinforcement and praise or reward your pup for a job well done. Don’t punish them for having accidents inside, or you’ll risk creating a timid pup that is too afraid to go outside and do the right thing.
Scent is a huge attractant for dogs and plays a significant role in where they decide to do their business. If they can smell their previous accident on your carpet or rug, they’ll be drawn to go there again. Just wiping it up isn’t enough; the odor will linger. Using an enzymatic cleaner is essential to remove all traces that an accident occurred in order to remove the temptation for your pup to mess there again.
Use a Crate
When crate training, you’ll need to stick with the let-‘em-out-often rule and listen and watch for any cues that they need to go.Crate training carries many benefits. It can come in handy for travel, will keep your pup out of trouble while you’re gone, and can serve as a safe place for them to go when you have company.
The key to crate training is to give your pup just enough room to be comfortable, but not enough room to eliminate within the crate and be able to sit away from that elimination. Make the crate comfortable, giving your pup some toys to play with and a cozy blanket. Crate training can also be your go-to method for potty training.
Observe Your Puppy Closely
Keeping an eye on your puppy will enable you to identify signs that your puppy needs the restroom. Some of these signs to look out for are;
These signs could mean that your puppy needs to visit the restroom.
Use Enzyme Cleaners
It is fundamental therefore to use products that contain enzymes that will ''eat away'' odors. Some good products are Nature's Miracle and Petstatic. If you are afraid you may have missed messes, then you can invest in a special black light that will reveal traces of urine so you can easily identify it and promptly clean it up.
If your puppy's sensitive nose can smell pee, it's more likely that she'll pee there again.
"The scent of urine is a neon sign that says restroom to dogs and will attract like a billboard saying 'public restroom.'"
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.