So Tilly, our newest four legged, is almost 15 weeks old and prior to Tilly coming home, it has been four years since we had a puppy. The things you forgot during that time! In the many dogs my family has had, we have had the spectrum of how long it took to house train. Caos, our standard poodle had on accident, was loose in the house at six months, and by far the easiest dog to house train. When Salza was a puppy, I had her brother for the first few months-whew that made house training harder!
So here are my suggestions for house training your puppy:
Lots of patience! Lots of paper towels! And lots of good cleaner!
Two steps forward, four steps back! Just when you think they are doing better, they will likely regress!
When you think they are ready to have a little more freedom, wait a few more days.
Crate training is your friend!
Be prepared for loosing sleep the first few weeks.
If your puppy eats, drinks, sleeps, plays, or pretty much does anything else, take them outside to use the bathroom. They need to go often.
Reward for going outside! And use a cue word-you will be happy you did this when you are walking your puppy in the rain/snow/hot/cold, etc.
If your puppy is playing, interrupt the playing to take them outside. Puppies forget when they are playing about telling you they need to go out
If the puppy has an accident it is likely your fault!
If your puppy is really struggling with house training, make certain to have them checked by your vet. Urinary tract infections and other health issues can really slow down house training.
One day you will look back on this and forget those mid night walks, cleaning up accidents, and just remember the cute puppy.
Oh and remember more patience!
It’s all worth it in the end!
Boo Donoho, DVM
#Southern Animal Hospital