How To House Train a Puppy (How To Potty Train Your Puppy)

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How to Housebreak Puppy:

Dreaming to pet a sweet little puppy often seems to be exciting but this also brings some challenges which can be hard to solve. When you pet an adult dog it is not more difficult to deal with him as it is already trained to follow certain daily routines. But house training a puppy is all about patience and consistency and positive aid. As a pet parent, you should also keep in mind that different dog breeds act differently, so it may be possible that some dog breeds may take a longer time to learn in-house training. 

Here are some initial steps on how to train a puppy

  • As the puppy is new to your house it is important to introduce the puppy with your house and family. As the puppy is new to the place, the puppy can show excitement, curiosity, joy or fear. Allow the pet to roam into the area where he can go, do not let the puppy roam alone in the house.
  • Being a pet owner, understand the type of breed of your puppy. As different breeds behave and respond differently. While training always keeps an eye on your puppy.
  • Fix a feeding schedule for the puppy, it’s better to feed him into several times in a day and not to feed only twice.
  • Take your puppy out every morning so that it will become his routine that whenever he is out he has to poop. Take him out after every meal, initially, you can also go out to make him poop in every 20 minutes.
  • Understand how often your puppy needs to go out to urinate and poop. 
  • Keeping a regular feeding schedule also establishes a regular potty schedule for the puppy. And always try to choose the same place for their potty training.
  • Whenever your puppy eliminates outside don’t forget to praise him and give him a treat.

How Long to Potty Train a Puppy?

Generally, it takes 4 to 6 months for a puppy to get fully house trained and in some cases, it might take up to a year. Experts have advised that the house training in puppies should begin when they are 12 weeks to 14 weeks old. Because at this age they have enough control over their bladder and bowel movements. Usually smaller breeds have smaller bladder and high metabolism so they need to go out frequently. The training period also depends on the earlier living conditions of the puppy. Those puppies who have been dumping their potty inside the cage needs a longer time for house training.

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How to Crate Train a Puppy (How To Train a Puppy):

Crate training given to puppies provides them a sense of safety and security. As they are den animals they prefer their own space where they can sleep, rest and hide. Now let’s discuss the steps to crate train a puppy.

  • Place a crate in the area of the house where the family members spend the most time. In the beginning, a puppy will feel more comfortable around family members.
  • If the puppy is still learning to get comfortable with the crate, layer the crate with puppy pads. 
  • To make the crate more attractive place some toys inside it with a soft blanket. So that the puppy can learn to spend more time in the crate.
  • Initially when the puppy is not getting into the crate, place some treat at the back of the crate that will encourage the puppy to enter the crate.
  • Always begin the training after an activity like after a walk or after playtime.
  • Use commands such as crate or kennel so that the pup will understand that it is time to get into the crate.
  • When the puppy gets into the crate for the first time to explore his new den, praise him for going inside.
  • Puppies under the age of 6 months should not be kept in the crate for more than three consecutive hours.

How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over:

When a dog is trained about the basic commands to sit, down, lie down and stay, you can move the training one step further by teaching the dog how to roll over. This training sounds quite interesting and exciting.

Following are the steps to teach a dog to roll over

  • Command your dog to lie down.
  • Hold a treat near your dog’s nose.
  • Move the treat and say rollover.
  • Help your dog to keep practicing.
  • At first, reward your dog with treats and praises.
  • Continue to practice until the dog can do this without help.
  • Keep on practicing till your dog rollovers without starting with a treat.
  • Take your dog to a different location for practice and make him do the trick with distractions.
  • Move on to practice around other people so that the dog can get used to it to perform in front of others.

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking:

To make the dog stops barking it is first necessary to understand that why do dogs bark. The answer to this question could be several.

Common reasons why dog barks are as follows-

  • When the dog finds someone at the door
  • Looking at other animals such as cat or bird
  • People walking across the house
  • When the dog needs your attention
  • When they are bored
  • Visitors at the home, who are strange to them

Now let us understand different ways to stop dog from barking

  • As dogs are active animals they need exercise on a regular basis and if they didn’t get enough exercise they will bark out of frustration. 
  • Dogs often bark at people who haven’t been socializing with them, dogs are a social creature that is known to be friends with any type of age group people.
  • Dogs are possessive about their toys and if they are taken away from them they start barking. Many times owners play a puzzle game with their dogs by hiding their favorite treat inside their toy and the dog works out to get it.
  • When dogs are left alone at the house by their owners they bark out. It is beneficial to leave the dog with familiar sounds such as radio or television. Additional to this you can close all the blinds so that the dog could not see outside through the window. If he sees a squirrel or bird outside, h will definitely start barking.
  • Teaching the dog with the quiet command is helpful because whenever the dog will bark you can stop him by saying out ‘quiet’. 
  • Many times dogs just bark to grab your attention for food or for playing. Do not respond to their barking, let the dog get quite himself.

How to Teach a Dog to Sit:

Teaching a dog to sit is one of the basic commands for dogs and one of the easiest to train. This may be regarded as the first command to teach in the dog training process. Once the dog learns to sit, it will be beneficial for the dog to learn further commands. There are two different methods to train the dog on how to sit. The first is known as capturing and the second is called luring.

  • For capturing method stand in front of your dog and hold some treat. Wait for him to sit and say ‘yes’ and give him the treat.
  • Then move back to encourage him to stand and again wait for the dog to sit. After continuing for some time, begin to say ‘sit’ and this way he can learn to sit.
  • For luring get down in front of the dog and hold a toy or treat as a lure. Put the lure in front of your dog’s nose and then slowly lift the treat above his head.
  • He will possibly sit as he lifts his head to grab the treat. When he touches the ground allow him to eat the treat. After repeating the method 2-3 times, practice the method without the lure.
  • Once your dog understands the hand signal to sit, start to say ‘sit’. You should never force the dog to sit as this can be confusing for him.

How to Leash Train a Dog:

Teaching a dog to walk on a leash is important as walking is essential for the dog to remain healthy and the training will improve the responsive behavior in your dog. Although successful leashing training needs more patience for the owners. 

Training processor of leashing a dog includes the following-

  • Many dogs become excited seeing a leash they often started barking, spinning and whining. In this condition, it is important to calm down the environment.
  • Always carry a leash with you while taking the dog for a walk because many times dogs behave unusually, so treats can calm them.
  • Provide some time to the dog to adjust with the leash, if the dog looks nervous to sit in front of him and pat him. Always keep patience and support your buddy to learn new things.
  • If the dog seems to display bad behavior, you can pull the leash and stop him. But remember the dog will pull the leash, in such condition hold the leash tightly and stand in one place.  
  • Always remember to communicate properly to your dog, if you will be steady and reward your dog for good behavior, the dog will learn good habits.

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