Truth bomb: house training a puppy is not a walk in the park. It’s more of a climb up the highest peak of the Himalayas and you happen to be a beach person. Yes, it is not easy.
House training requires utmost time, patience, and consistency from dog parents. Time because the process takes a while. Consistency because the process’ effectiveness relies on strict adherence to specific rules. And patience because, well, house training can take as long as six months.
Surely at some point you will get confused and even discouraged by your puppy’s actions while they are being house-trained. But if there’s something you must remember, it’s how success is only enjoyed by those who do not consider giving up an option. Soon enough all the efforts you have devoted to teaching your pup proper peeing and pooping protocols will pay off.
And there’s nothing more satisfying than that. Now let’s go to the crucial questions in relation to house training, and of course, their equally crucial answers.
What’s the best time to start house training a dog?
The straight answer is as soon as you take them home. Usually this means somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks old. Delaying house training is never recommended. If your puppy can get away with peeing or pooing anywhere while they are young, they will get used to these behaviors.
Keep in mind that it is easier to instill good behaviors in the mind of pups as opposed to adult dogs who will most likely be set in their ways already.
Should there be a designated house area for training?
This is the ideal scenario, especially if you have enough space to spare. Allowing a specific area which your pup can turn into their very own peeing and pooping point eliminates the possibility of confusion. Once your new dog learns where they should relieve themselves, you can start being more lenient in terms of which parts of the house they can roam around.
How do I clean up house training accidents?
During house training, accidents are inevitable. This is part and parcel of the learning process. To keep your house smelling pleasant, keep ample stock of odor neutralizer.
Keep in mind that dogs are able to smell their urine or poop residue. And they will keep going back to the site of their previous deeds to redo them if the odors have not been properly dealt with. Now that’s a tongue twister.
Some dogs, despite proper and adequate house training, can still develop certain behaviors that prove counter to what have been instilled in them. These may manifest after house training and they can confuse dog parents immensely. Think of your dog peeing whenever you come home or them suddenly refusing to pee in their puppy pad.
There could be many reasons why your dog has developed these behaviors. One could be canine anxiety. Yes, dogs are just as susceptible to anxiety as human beings. To know for sure, you might want to consult with an animal behaviorist.