Everyone loves getting a new pup and bringing him home. It’s an exciting time of sharing cuddles, playing and bonding. But it is also a crucial time for laying down house rules and getting your new pooch housetrained.
Housetraining a rare breed puppy is just like housetraining any other breed. It relies on patience, consistency and of course positive reinforcement. Keep in mind however that some breeds that have a stubborn temperament may be a bit harder to housetrain than others.
In this post, we’ll discuss the basic steps needed to house train your newest family member.
When to Get Started
While some experts say that the best time to start housetraining is when your puppy is 12-16 weeks old, you can start as soon as you get your pup. The fact of the matter is you’ll get your puppy when he is close to that age anyway.
The reason why experts recommend housetraining to kickoff at 12-16 weeks is because puppies of this age have more control over their bladder and bowel movements. If you adopt, you may even get an older pup that had to do his business in a cage. If this is the case, you’ll have to be more patient and give the little guy more time to learn.
How to Housetrain Your Puppy
At first, you’ll need to confine your new pup to a defined space. You can do this by keeping him on a leash, in a room or a crate. As soon as the penny drops, you can allow your new puppy to walk around the house freely.
Step #1: Feeding
Be sure to get into a regular feeding routine, taking his bowl away or keeping it empty in between other meals.
Step #2: Potty Times
Take your puppy outside to potty after meals, first thing in the morning and late at night just before you go to bed. Also get into the habit of taking him out every 30 minutes. Praise and reward him if he did his business. Give him some yummy treats like slow-cooked chew treats! And if you’re concerned about expensive treats, you shouldn’t be. You can buy a bulk of bully sticks to save money.
Step #3: Take Him to the Same Area
Be sure to take your new puppy to the same area to do his business every time. The scent will prompt him to go potty.
Step #4: Stay by His Side
Always stay with your new pup outside until he’s done his business. This process should be followed until you notice that he is housetrained. The most important thing to keep in mind is to praise and reward him once he’s done with his business.
Positive reinforcement plays a big role in teaching dogs what behavior is expected of them. As soon as you notice that he goes by himself, he’s housetrained. Here are more great tips on the first things you need to teach your puppy.