How to House Train a Puppy: Iams Puppy Training

House training your puppy
requires more than a stack of old newspapers. It calls for patience,
commitment, and above all, consistency. Hi, I’m Kathy Santo with Iams,
and and today we’re going to talk about how to house
train your puppy. A trusting and consistent
relationship is fundamental to successful house training. The more consistent you
are, the faster your puppy will learn. House training a puppy can
take several weeks, and sometimes longer with
smaller breeds. The first step to house training
your puppy is to establish a routine. Puppies do best on a regular
schedule, because it teaches them that there are times
to eat, times to play, and times to potty. As a general rule, a puppy can
control his bladder about an hour for every month of age. So, if your puppy is only
three months old, he can probably only hold it
for about three hours, if not less. Make sure you take him right out
after he wakes up, during and after play time, and after
eating or drinking because these are times he’s most
likely to have to go. If you work and aren’t unable to
take your puppy outside as often as needed, you could hire
a dog walker to give your puppy his necessary breaks. I recommend picking a specific
bathroom spot outside, and always taking him there first
when he is on a leash. While your puppy is going, say
something like, “go potty,” so that you can eventually
use that phrase to remind him what to do. You should take him out for a
walk or play time after has has gone potty, or he might just
learn to hold it to keep you outside. Reward your puppy every time
he goes potty outdoors with praise or a treat, but make
sure to do so immediately, before he goes back
into the house. Rewarding correct behavior
is the best way to teach your puppy. Be careful not to reward your
puppy until he is completely finished, or he may forget to
finish up outside, and then have an accident inside. And remember, what goes into a
puppy on a schedule comes out of a puppy on a schedule. So always take your puppy
out after feeding. Try picking up your puppy’s
water dish about two and a half hours before bedtime so he
won’t have as much water to try and hold overnight. If you keep a consistent
schedule, your puppy could be house trained by the time he’s
five to six months old. But, don’t be discouraged if it
takes a bit longer, or he has an occasional accident. Many factors, including breed
of dog, consistency, and temperament can contribute to
a longer training period. If you feel that there’s little
to no progress, consult with your veterinarian to be
sure that a medical issue, such as a bladder infection
isn’t the culprit. Supervision in the beginning
is critical. Exercise pens are extremely
helpful while house training. Keeping your puppy in a small
space within eyesight will allow you to notice and react
when they start showing the signs of needing to eliminate. Those signs can be barking,
scratching at the door, squatting, sniffing,
or circling. If you’re unable to monitor your
puppy you can confine him to an area a small enough
so that he won’t want to eliminate there. As space just large enough for
him to lay down with a couple extra inches is just fine. Many people choose to confine
with a crate, which can be very helpful for house training
your young dog. For more information on crate
training, watch How to Crate Train your Puppy. I’m Kathy Santo with Iams, and
I hope that you’ve found this helpful as you welcome your new
addition to your family.

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