Domesticating a Puppy: Potty Training and Housebreaking
Puppy potty training is an essential step in domesticating your pet. Getting your pet trained to urinate outside or in a specified spot will take some time, so have patience. Never use aggressiveness and be gentle; in this manner you may speed up your dog’s desired potty behavior. Here are some basic steps to housebreaking your dog.
1. Start Inside
The best way to housebreak your dog is to start in the inside of your house. Get some pee pads or newspapers in your bathroom and encourage your dog to urinate in this area. It is a good idea to use special scented pee pads—these will smell like dog urine and your dog will know what the pads are for. If you use newspapers, get some potty training drops from a pet store and apply a few on the newspapers.
2. Observe Your Puppy’s Behavior
Take some time and observe how your dog is behaving just before urinating. He will give you signals like sniffing the floor or walking around to find a spot. If you see this behavior, immediately take the puppy to the bathroom, in the pee pad area. You may also use words that your dog will associate with urinating; it is up to you what words you use, just make sure you use the exact same words and the same tone.
3. Say “No” or Praise
If you catch you dog in the act use a sharp “No” to show your disapproval.
On the other hand, when your dog has urinated in the right spot, praise him and offer a nice treat.
4. Get Closer to the Door
If you want to housebreak your puppy, start moving the pee pads closer to the door as soon as you notice that he uses the pads regularly.
5. Eliminate Pee Pads
After your dog starts urinating outside, you may eliminate the pee pads from your house. The dog will know that he needs to go outside whenever he has to urinate.
This training technique is efficient in most cases, however it takes time for the dog to get used to it. The potty training time differs according to the breed and the personality of the puppy.
Another method of housebreaking training involves constant supervision of your dog and taking him outside when you see he is about to urinate. However, you need a lot of time to supervise him, and some people can’t afford spending a lot of time.
Remember never to punish your dog if you don’t catch him right after he urinated in the wrong spot. The dog won’t know why he is being punished.
Always praise your dog or offer him a treat after having properly used the potty.