Getting your dog housebroken

A puppy has moved in and an exciting time begins. Besides some errands and errands, a vexed issue hovers like a sword of Damocles over the heads of newly adopted dog parents: How do I get my dog housebroken? It is not so difficult to teach a puppy not to defecate indoors. Normally, the little four-legged friend needs only a few days until he has internalized the rule. But do not be angry with him if, in spite of education, a mishap happens to him now and then. Many puppies are not able to fully control their bladder until they are 4 to 7 months old. Something can go wrong when you get excited.

If you have already taken in a puppy, you probably know the classic situation: The puppy is released into its new environment, sniffs like crazy at all corners and edges of the new home, wags its tail happily and then unexpectedly pees with excitement on the beautiful new carpet.

What did the dog learn at the breeder?

Normally, the breeder has already trained your puppy to go outside to defecate. But it is better to find out in advance how the breeder deals with the issue. A dog breeder, who takes care of the business of his four-legged friends, will make the education much easier for you later on. Once the puppy gets used to the idea that it is okay to relieve himself on the living room floor, it will be hard to convince him later that it is not.

But even if the breeder has taken the first hurdle from you, there are still a few "accidents" left to you.

All beginnings are difficult

If once a mishap happens ..

How to housebreak my dog?

It is difficult to tell at first whether the dog or the new dog owner is more excited. Everything is new and such a little whirlwind in the den provides enough variety. The subject of housetraining is often lost in the purchase. The apartment may be dog-proofed, but the brand-new parquet floor is not immune to urine. A complete floor protection from the needy urination of the little one is anyway hardly to be implemented. However, a discarded rug in front of the puppy’s sleeping quarters might catch the first mishaps.

As soon as an accident has happened, you should consistently but not strictly tell your new protege that it is not okay. It is important that you offer him an alternative for the future immediately afterwards. A litter box or the balcony are counterproductive, since thereby a re-education still longer lasts. After the mishap, take your pet outside and put him in a place where he can do his business in the future. Your puppy can more easily grasp the association between going to the toilet and the place outside the four walls if you always put him in the same place. For your little rascal this learning process is a big adjustment. But also you have to work on yourself in this phase. Your training is called: "How does my dog show me that he has to go out??".

I have to go

Going out the door is a learning process

How does my dog show me that he has to go out??

Probably you will fall for a false alarm from time to time in the beginning. Nevertheless, it is important that you remain consistent and learn to interpret the signs of your favorite animal correctly. Since the digestive tract of your new four-legged friend follows a certain regularity, you should always take your puppy outside in unmistakable situations. It is especially important to go outside the door as soon as he wakes up.

Quite clearly, he does not announce this loudly and also here your observation gift is in demand. Stay patient and expect that it will probably cost you a few hours of sleep. Few puppies sleep 7 hours at a time. Most likely you can take a night break and go out with your new pelt-nose before the door. You can make this woeful interruption of your sleep easier if you prepare everything the day before: poop bag, rain cover, front door key, treats and possibly harness and leash.

But not only after rest periods, but also after activities, a toilet phase can occur – for example, after eating or an extensive round of games. Another indication of an urgent need is when he seems agitated and appears to be looking for something. This usually involves your puppy sniffing the floor and running from one spot to the next in a disoriented manner. Sometimes you can also catch him just before his "in flagrante" accident. Now you have to act quickly. The dog sits on his hind legs, wiggles his bottom and starts to redeem himself. If you grab him in time, you might still make it out the door with him.

If he has already understood that he is not allowed to do his business in the living room, a scratching at the door and possibly quiet whining indicates that you should go outside with him. In addition to careful observation, it is often recommended to take your little bundle of joy outside every 1.5 to 2 hours. This allows you to develop a sense of how often your puppy actually needs to pee. As soon as you know the intervals and can estimate that he will last longer, you can minimize the walks outside a little bit, respectively. Extend the time intervals.

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