- Suggestions for making housebreaking easier.
By the time our puppies leave to go to their new homes they are usually well on their way to being housebroken.
I hear back from our new families how pleased they are that the puppy only had one or two accidents when they arrived at
their new homes, and that usually they blamed themselves as they weren't following the guidelines suggested.
Our method we use is...................
When a puppy eats or drinks they are taken outside right after until they go.
This may take anything from 1 minute to 10 minutes.
Even if they have peed wait for a few minutes before they are brought back inside as they may still need to poo.
When they have gone they get lots of praise with a happy excited " Good Pee! Good girl/boy!"
I always stay outside with the puppies to ensure they have gone and don't just play.
If you are finding they are playing just walk around a bit, they'll follow you and then go.
When a puppy wakes up from a nap/sleep right outside and again repeat the above method.
If puppy hasn't eaten, drank or slept take it out once an hour and repeat the steps above.
If you are busy and can't keep an eye on puppy this is where your crate training comes in.
Crate puppy until you are available to do so.
If you follow the steps you should have success within a few weeks where you can proudly say
your puppy is completely housebroken and able to be anywhere in your home without having a watchful eye kept on them.
They will start giving you a sign that they need to go outside.
Some just stand and stare at the door they go out of, and then look at you and back at the door.
Others may whine at the door or scratch.
Some families prefer to hang a bell on the door and ring it as the puppy goes out. Then the puppy will associate the
ringing of the bell with outside time. It does work for some.
Our experience was mostly positive until one stubborn puppy who loved to play outside and would constantly ring the bell
and go outside and play and come back in and pee. This is why we don't have a bell on our door anymore.
If your puppy has another dog in their new family you may find that if the 2nd dog goes out with the puppy it turns into
a chase and play time without any doing their business. You may have to leave the other dog inside until after puppy has gone.
Although in a perfect scenario the older dog may even help to housebreak the puppy by showing them the way
Whichever way you chose to housebreak, we wish you continued success in housebreaking.
Remember they are just babies and accidents may happen. It's almost like toilet training a toddler.
Patience, time and lots of praise. If an accident happens don't make a big deal of it.
If an accident happens whether on hardwood or carpet simply clean it up with white vinegar.
Do not use a commercial cleaner with ammonia as it will just draw the puppy back to the scent of the accident site to go again.