House Training Tips
Each puppy picks up this skill at a different pace, but all dogs are very capable of learning how. All members of the family need to be on board to let puppy outside at frequent, predictable intervals, and everyone needs to help supervise puppy closely indoors. If close supervision is not possible, even for a few minutes, keep puppy confined to a crate. The number-one goal of house training is to prevent accidents, and this can only be done with close supervision. Watch your puppy for signals that he’s getting ready to potty, such as circling, sniffing, or barking.
For your best chances of success, take your puppy to the designated potty area:
- First thing in the morning
- 5-15 minutes after meals or drinking
- Anytime you take him out of his crate
- During periods of intense play/excitement
- After naps
If you find an accident, remember: it’s not the puppy’s fault! Never punish puppy for accidents, as he will not understand why you’re upset. Instead, clean the accident with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any lingering odor that may draw him back to the same spot.
Remember, you need to be with puppy when he does his business in the right place, and immediately reward him with lots of praise and at least two yummy treats.