Once you bring your new puppy home, it’s important that you start housebreaking or potty training to ensure a comfortable (and mess-free) life together. If left untrained, your four-legged companion will leave droppings, puddles, and odor everywhere he goes – making life miserable for all!
Well, luckily it is possible to housebreak a puppy as young as 12 weeks. And we will tell you how you can do it – fast!
So without further ado, let’s dive in our guide to housebreaking a puppy in just five days!
Before starting the potty training session for your dog, make sure you are prepared for the days ahead.
If possible, take all five days off from work so you can keep a close eye on your pet and bathroom behavior. Select a bathroom area for your pet or buy pee pads and dog litter box if you don’t have an outside space to take your pet.
Establish a secluded living area for your dog as well. This special area can be anything from a large blanket to a small crate or even a cardboard box (big enough for your puppy to sleep in). initially, he may soil the ‘bed’ but once it gets used to the idea that this is his bed, it will stop eliminating there and go to the area that you have assigned as his bathroom.
You would also want to praise your pet for going potty in the right place so make sure to stock up on some treats and biscuits.
Initially, you would want to confine your pet to his special area so he doesn’t use the whole house as his bathroom. Take him out every hour or immediately after their meals. Each time you bring him outside his crate, put him on a leash and take him to his designated potty area.
Give him three to five minutes bathroom break. If he manages to eliminate between this times, reward him with praise and treats to reinforce positive behavior. On the other hand, if he doesn’t, simply take him back to the house and crate him back in for another 15 – 30 minutes before repeating the same step.
Always remember, that your young puppy has a small bladder and may only be able to hold it for an hour or two at the age of two months. This means that you should only give your dog the freedom to roam around the house only when you are sure his bladder and bowels are empty. Otherwise you will be spending your days off from work cleaning up the dog’s mess instead of spending quality time with them.
- Praise, Praise, and Praise
Dogs respond well to positive enforcement rather than negative reinforcement. They will only respond to a negative one if you catch them in the act. Scolding them after they have made the mess will do no good.
If you catch your dog using the bathroom inside, immediately pick him up and take him outside to the area. Give him a treat if they finish their business outside.
- When You Are Away
Keep your puppy inside their bedroom when you are away or sleeping for the night. However, don’t forget to take them last thing in the night and earliest as possible (around 5 a.m.) in the morning. Do keep their bedding inside your bedroom though so you can get to them in case the need arises.
And don’t forget to minimize their water and food a couple of hours before their official bedtime. This will help your pet (and you) sleep better throughout the night.
In the early days, don’t leave them alone in the crate for long periods during the day. If you have to go out, limit your trips to few hours a day or instill a housemate to help you out during the process. Take them to their bathroom the moment you come home from your errands.
- Be Consistent
The key to a successful housetraining is to remain consistent with your efforts. Set alarms throughout the day to help you remember the potty times for your pet. Schedule one for an early morning bathroom tour as well so you don’t wake up to a mess in the morning.
Watch them like a hawk during the day, when they are outside their crate. Check for signs that indicate they want to ‘go’ and take them immediately when you are aware of those signs. For example, sniffing the floor is a good indicator that the puppy is looking for a place to eliminate.
Pay special attention if they go back to the same area they have had an accident. Spinning in circle and squatting is another sign that they are uncomfortable with a full bladder.
Wrapping it up!
By following the above steps, it is possible to housebreak a puppy in five days. Just remain regular in your efforts and you too can ensure a comfortable living environment in the long run. Good luck and let us know how your puppy responded to the training method.