by Erica Pulcini
House training a puppy is not the daunting task that most people believe it to be....that is, if you follow a few simple steps and motivated and committed to make it work!
As soon as possible after bringing your new puppy home, take the puppy to the yard or toilet area. As soon as the puppy relieves itself, make a big point of praising your puppy. You can also give a small food treat as a reward. This is a very important step towards letting the little one know what you expect.
Hopefully, you have purchase or borrowed a crate that is the appropiate size for your puppy This crate will become a very important training tool for house training.
Let's run through a typical day of housetraining a new puppy:
In the morning you need to take your puppy out before you do anything else. The puppy pees/poos, you praise the puppy and bring it back indoors.
Next, you feed your puppy. After it has finished eating, immediately take it back outside. The act of eating will stimulate the intestine and the puppy will need to defecate. Again, praise after he/she finishes and go back insed. If the puppy has not relieved itself after an adequate amount of time, you need to bring the puppy in and put it in the crate for about 10 minutes and then try again. DO NOT let the puppy run in the house unsupervised because he/she will find a place to "go". Puppies are too young to be unsupervised in the house. If you don't want to crate the puppy then you will need to tether the puppy to you so you can keep an eye out for his/her cutes to eliminate.
You also need to take your puppy outside immediately after playing. The activity of playing will stimulate the puppy so that he/she will need to pee or poop or both.
If you are supervising your puppy in the house and you notice the puppy's nose to the ground, walking back and forth or in circles, this is your cue to scoop the puppy up and take outdoors. The puppy is giving you a signal that it needs to "go".
Start giving your puppy a verbal cue such as "outside" when taking your puppy outdoors to eliminate. This cue will be important as the puppy grows in letting it know what you expect.
Be sure to take your puppy out before retiring for the night, again with the verbal cue "outside" or whatever verbal cue you choose.
The one mistake that most puppy owners make is not allowing enough time for the puppy to relieve itself when they take it outside. Puppies become distracted very easily and sometimes forget what they are supposed to do. Be patient!