House training our dogs is the process where we train our dogs to soil in the right area, either indoors on paper or outdoors in a close by location. Depending the breed and age, for first time owners this can be a difficult task especially if you are not correctly inform on how to proceed. It can be very frustrating, making your relationship with your pet start off on the wrong foot and paw.
The first thing you will need to do when bring home your new dog or puppy home is setup a small living space for it. Most people like a crate, which makes for easier house training. If you do not have a crate you will need to find a way to fence it up. This can be a difficult task for larger dogs.
This living space should be large enough for it to be able to move around but small enough so that if they soil, it will be too close for their own comfort. Dogs usually do not soil the space they sleep in, but there can always be surprises.
Now you setup a routine schedule where your dog will be let out to do his business. Most ideal times would be first thing in the morning, after meals, after naps and right before bedtime. These are not the only times and this will need to be adjusted on what ever your dogs needs are. Puppies will need to go every few hours while mature dogs can hold it in up to 8 to 9 hours.
We suggest to always keeping your dog on a leash when you want him to go and use commands. Bring him to the area where you designated for it and give the command like “Potty Time”, and reward him right after he is done with a treat and affection showing him he did the right thing. If when you are in his spot and he still does not potty then return him back to his crate and repeat after about 15 minutes.
Never physically punish or rub your dog’s face where he soiled when accidents happen. This will make training a lot more difficult. There will be accidents, even when we are house training older dogs that had been house broken already. If you do catch him in the act in the wrong location make some sort of distraction but not yelling and take him to his designated spot. If you notice that he is contently doing accidents and going very often, you should probably take him to the vet and make sure he is all right.
This is an important time for both you and your dog, where bonds and training is done, we hope that you choose positive methods which work best for you and your dog.