The Association of Pet Dog Trainers dedicated January as "National Train Your Dog Month," because so many dogs and puppies are adopted or purchased from breeders and brought home during the winter holidays.
WebVet is here to help with some tips on house training your new puppy:
How long does it usually take to housetrain a puppy?
With a consistent routine, most puppies can be trained within a relatively short time, sometimes only days to weeks. However, you will still need to remain vigilant until eliminating outside has become an ingrained habit.
How long should a puppy be expected to hold it?
Most new puppies need to eliminate every 2-3 hours during the day, and many need to go out once or twice during the night. With each passing month, you can expect your puppy to last a little longer between eliminations.
What signs should I look for when my puppy has to go out?
Signs that your pup needs to eliminate include circling, squatting, sneaking off, or heading to the door.
What is the main thing to remember when housebreaking a pup?
A key to successful house training is to take advantage of your pup's natural urges to eliminate after sleeping, playing, eating, or drinking. Take your puppy outside within a few minutes of these activities, encourage it to go by using a catchphrase such as "do it," and then reward successful elimination with praise and treats.
What if I catch my pup having an accident?
Immediately interrupt the behavior using a verbal reprimand, then take the puppy outdoors to finish eliminating. Never physically punish your pet or rub its nose in it, because this is counterproductive and can actually make the problem worse.
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