Teaching a new puppy to go the bathroom in the yard can at times be frustrating, but it doesn’t need to be. While factors such as age, breed, and past habits can all affect the length of time it takes for a dog to be housebroken, any dog can learn in time! Following a set plan and staying consistent is key to potty training your new pup.
Most puppies can start to be house broken between three and four months. At this age, they are able to start controlling their bladder and are starting to be able to understand basic commands. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Tips for Potty Training Your Dog in Mifflin County
- Follow a set schedule for feeding. Puppies should be fed at the same times every single day. Creating a schedule will help the dog know when to expect food and will encourage him to relieve himself at the same times each day as well.
- Take your puppy outside at regular intervals. When you first start house training, your puppy with likely still not understand how to fully control his bladder. At this point, it is good to take him out every half hour or hour. This prevents most of the opportunities for going in the house, and he will begin to seeing going outside as a natural thing. It is also important to take your dog out right when he wakes up, after every meal, after naps, and right before going to bed at night.
- Take your puppy to the same spot to relieve himself. By taking your dog to the same spot to go to the bathroom each time, he will begin to pick up on his own scent, which encourages him to go. It is equally as important to clean up any mess right away if your dog does go in the house. If he is able to detect his scent indoors in the future, it will encourage him to do it again.
- Reward your pup for going outside. When your dog does go outside, make sure you recognize him for this good behavior. Praise him and give him a treat for a job well done. Giving your dog a reward like this makes it a positive experience that he will want to repeat.
- Go outside with your dog. Especially when you first begin to house train your pup, it is a good idea to stay outside while he is doing his business. Staying with your dog can reduce his anxiety, keep him focused, and make sure that he takes his time to actually go before coming back in the house.
- Crate train your puppy. Dogs are naturally cleaner than we generally expect, and do not like the idea of relieving themselves in the same space they are forced to occupy. Especially at night, try keeping your puppy in a crate when you are first starting to train him. When he has to go, he is more likely to whine or scratch, which signals to you that he has to go. It is important to take him out right away when this happens, as this teaches him that this is the correct behavior for when he has to go.
Kindergarten Puppy Training Classes from the Mifflin County Dog Training Club
Now that you’ve mastered the basics of house training your new dog, it is time to take it to the next level! The Mifflin County Dog Training Club offers a variety of classes for dogs and owners at all levels in Lewistown, PA and the surrounding areas. Here is a quick overview of some of the courses we offer:
- Kindergarten Puppy Training (KPT) – This class is for puppies under six months old. It lays the foundation for future classes and focuses on socializations and basic commands such as come, sit, down, and stay.
- Puppy Basic – This class is generally for puppies between six and twelve months old. Puppy Basic classes focus on improving upon the foundational exercises such as come, sit, down, stay, and stand. Puppies will also practice walking on a loose leash and paying attention to their owner’s commands.
- Adult Basic – The Adult Basic class is for adult dogs who are moving on from the puppy classes or have never been to a training class before. This class again works on improving skills in following commands, walking on a loose lease, and being a good companion.
- Canine Good Citizen – The Canine Good Citizen classes focus on preparing dogs for the ten-step test promoted by the American Kennel Club for responsible dog owners. At the end of the course, dogs and owners will be able to take the CGC test.
To learn more about our classes or to sign up, contact us today!