Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time. Our pups are adorable, bundles of energy and love. There are many things puppies need to learn, but one of most important lessons you can teach your dog is housetraining. Potty training your puppy takes time, but with patience and consistency, and a few accidents along the way, it will be well worth the effort for both of you.
If you follow these tips and tricks repeatedly, your puppy will be well on their way to being fully housetrained in no time.
Establish a Daily Routine
Choose a schedule for your puppy and stick to it! If that means you need to ask a friend or family member to stop in while you’re away at work, hire a dog sitter, or work from home until they’re grown, keeping a schedule from the beginning is important to raising a dog.
Let Your Pup Outside Frequently
Puppies can only hold their bladders about an hour for each month of age. So for example, a puppy that’s only 2 months old can hold their bladder for about 2 hours.
During your dog’s puppy years, try to get into the routine of bringing them outside every 2 hours plus immediately after waking up in the morning, playing, eating, or drinking water. Bring your pup out to the same spot in the yard each time on a leash and use a consistent phrase like “go potty.” And of course, don’t forget to praise your puppy with a treat for their positive behavior of going to the bathroom outside!
Watch their Water Bowl
Try removing your dog’s water dish about 2 hours before their bedtime. That way, your puppy will be able to sleep for around 7 hours before having to eliminate. There will be times that your pup wakes you up in the middle of the night because they have to go to the bathroom. Although you may not like being woken up in the middle of the night, this is a good thing. This means that your dog understands that they must be let outside to go. Take them outside to their spot and don’t rile them up because they may believe it’s time to play, rather than go back to sleep.
Determine a Regular Feeding Schedule
Keep your puppy on a regular feeding schedule of about 3-4 times per day, depending on their age. Puppies have different dietary needs than adult dogs. If you feed them around the same time each day, they will stay on a similar eliminate schedule. No matter how fast your pup gobbles up their yummy Bil-Jac Puppy Select Formula, be sure to read the label and only provide amounts according to age, breed, and size.
Establishing a daily routine during your dog’s puppy years really reflects how they’ll behave in the future. Start with these 4 simple tips for housebreaking and you, your puppy, and your household will all be off to a strong start!
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