It’s all sunshine and butterflies when you bring your new pup home and cuddle and fuss over him/her until they take a wee on your carpet and reality hits; this cute, little, furry ball of love needs to be housetrained. If you’ve never owned a dog before, you may find housetraining your pup a tad bit challenging and frustrating. This activity is certainly not an overnight job; it takes weeks for your puppy to learn that doing its business in the house is wrong and going outside is right.
When housetraining your dog, it’s important to get it right from the very beginning. To ensure that you are, use these effective tips mentioned below.
Effective Housetraining Tips for Your Pet
1. Create a Routine
Pups need structure; hence, you need to create a petsitting method that involves feeding, playing, napping and taking them out to do their business. Starting in the morning, take them out as soon as they wake up and allow them to do their business; praise them before bringing them inside for their breakfast. Take them out every 2-3 hours and observe the frequency of their toilet patterns. If they don’t use the bathroom every time you take them out, try prolonging the duration to every 3+ hours. In this way, you build a routine that your pup gets used to and also understands where its place of going potty or peeing is.
2. Watch Your Pup when Indoors
Puppies are curious little things that want to explore their surroundings. While it’s hard to watch their every move, it’s advisable to keep them in the same room as you are so that you can glance over at them to see what they’re up to. If you see any signs that they’re about to do a job, interrupt them immediately and take them out. Then reward them when they relieve themselves outside.
3. Place a Litter Box in Their ‘Spot’ Indoors
As we mentioned earlier, your pup can’t be housetrained overnight and hence, he/she must already have a ‘spot’ in the house to leave accidents. Keep a litter box in that place so that on occasions when you can’t watch your pup, there’s a 99% chance that they’ll go in the box. It’s also helpful to train them to use a litter box as it’s not always possible to take them out due to bad weather, lack of time, etc.
4. Remember, Accidents Happen
Housetraining is never a smooth sailing process; there will be ‘accidents’ along the way, but it’s only a matter of knowing how to deal with it to stop it from happening in the future. Here are few tips to help with that:
– Bring them right up to the accident and shout ‘NO!’ as you tap them on the side of their hind leg. Then ignore them as you clean up and for the next half hour or so. This way they understand they’ve made a mistake and you’re not happy with them.
– Interrupt them immediately when you catch them relieving themselves and take them outside.
– Clean up accidents quickly and thoroughly so that they don’t get the smell of it and want to use it again.
– Make a signature startling sound that they can associate with using the bathroom so that they understand it is only made when they’re attempting to go inside the house.
Along these steps, it is also much easier to find someone that can do it for you. Find a loving pet concierge service that would handle this activity for you. You can avoid stress by personally attend to your pet without any less than you do for them.