The Top Three Tips for House Training Your Poopy Puppy

May 21st, 2015

House Training

(i.e., housebreaking) is the crucial first step in puppy training simply because it will ensure that both you and your new friend(s) will continue to enjoy your time together. This is a huge commitment, so you and your family, and/or other caretakers of your pet, need to understand that you are all in this together.

  1. Prevent Mistakes: The key to properly doing house training is to understand that you are simply trying to prevent mistakes and to establish the habit of only doing what they need to do outside. It is not a race between you and him, and to be honest, from their point of view, as long as it is not near its food or bed, everywhere else is fair game.
  2. Be Patient: You have to be patient, and strive to reinforce that outside is the only fair game and it helps to have the puppy get used to sleeping in a crate. Their nature will not let them soil the area where they sleep, so they will quickly learn that inside the crate is not fair game.
  3. Be Consistent: Time the trips outside to a schedule and keep to it, no matter what – first thing in the morning, after every meal (we go about 45 minutes after eating; it may be different for your dog and you should take notice for better success), and before bed time. Be consistent! Make each trip a fun experience -no yelling. If they are not successful in peeing or pooping outside on a scheduled trip, it can help to bring them in and re-crate them for about 10  minutes and try again.

Also, unless you are catching them in the act, they will not connect a reprimand with accidents in the house.  Sticking their nose in their excrement is not only cruel, but is meaningless to them.  If you see your pooch starting to sniff the ground and/or walking around in circles or suddenly stop an activity, get them OUT!  Even if they begin to “go” you can say, “Stop!” or “No!” and get them outside asap.

If they are consistently having accidents in the same place, a trick is to put some kibble on the floor so they avoid that spot as a place to “go” and think of it as a place to eat.

It has been our experience that housebreaking two dogs can be a bit more challenging than housebreaking one pup.  While both Max and Henri are definitely able to hold their bladder for a good period of time and don’t pee in the house anymore (rule of thumb is about an hour for every month old they are; i.e., 6 months old, 6 hours of retention time), Henri is a bit more advanced in the other area of housebreaking; i.e., pooping.

For all intents and purposes, Henri is no longer a poopy puppy.  Max, on the other hand, is not as consistent as Henri but is getting the hang of going to the door.  If he has an accident at this point, I feel that it is also our fault for not sticking to the schedule or picking up on their signals.

It’s a learning process for both dog and owner.  Be patient and be prepared with a stain and odor Remover.  We have had great success with Nature’s Miracle® which is safe and really works on all surfaces.

The bottom line really is to be consistent and heavily reward your dog for going outside.  This message does get through eventually and when it does, both you and your pet will feel very accomplished.