Housetraining your dog is a lot of work but for you and your dog to live in peace then it needs to be done.  Once the puppy is housetrained then half the work of getting associated with getting a puppy is done.  Let’s have a look at the when and how of house training your dog.

When do You Start Training Your Dog

If you bought your puppy from a breeder then chances are you got it between 8-12 weeks old and you should start training your dog as soon as you get it.  If you leave it too long the dog will continue to mess the same spot because they have established their scent there.  How long the whole caper will take depends on things like the method you use, the breed of dog, and the age of the dog.

Find Routine

The first thing you want to do is to feed your dog at regular times throughout the day, that will ensure they need to go to outside at the same time every day.  Remove any uneaten food after 10 minutes so the schedule doesn’t get altered.  Now you want to make sure that you take the dog for a walk at the same time every day.  When you have a puppy you will have to walk them every couple of hours and make sure it is the last thing you do at night.  Dogs will want to use the same spot all of the time.  Praise your puppy when he’s done his business right away so he understands what he is being praised for.

Training Your Puppy

You should keep your puppy contained at first that will help with the training.  You can either crate train them or use a leash to keep them in one spot.  Dogs are reluctant to urinate or defecate where they live.  However don’t leave them too long without a walk, it is not only cruel but it can make your dog sick.  Your puppies bladder control improves with time. As a general rule they can hold it for one hour for every month of their age.  A two month old puppy can hold their bladder for two months.

Sticking to the routine will help get your house trained quicker, but accidents will happen while you are training your dog.  When an accident happens just clean it up, shouting and punishing the puppy doesn’t work, they don’t know what they have done and they just get anxious.  Once your dog makes it two months without an accident in the house you have successfully house trained your dog.