Day 1 is the introduction for your puppy to learn where it is acceptable to go to the bathroom. There are two methods you can teach to housebreak your puppy. You can provide indoor and/or outdoor locations.
Puppy pads have specially formulated scents to attract your puppy. These pads can be laid around the house in areas you find acceptable for your puppy to go to the bathroom. Some individuals teach their small dogs to use cat litter, which al- ready attracts certain puppy breeds. If you are going to allow your puppy to pee and defecate inside, you need to give them areas they know they can go.
For indoor puppy training, the aim is to let your free roaming dog go when needed, even while you are away. Most individuals have a room that they close off as a puppy room. They set it up with a crate for a bed area, and then provide puppy pads in a specific area for their puppy to use.
If, you choose this option, you will need to provide your puppy with toys and ensure anything else in the room is gone. A bored puppy can start destroying things, even doors and walls.
This option is great when you are away for 8 hours every day. It takes away the worry that your puppy is cooped up without a place to go to the bathroom.
The downside is, once you train your puppy for the room and area, you will not be able to remove the potty area as your puppy ages.
You do not want to walk through the waste your puppy creates, yet you do want to enjoy your backyard. Other people are also not going to appreciate it if you let your dog do its business without any cleanup afterwards.
For outdoor locations, choose areas that you want your dog to go to the bathroom and praise your dog each time they use the spot you have provided them. Ig- nore their behavior when they do not use the spot, and never punish your puppy for going to the bathroom.
Day 1’s Steps
- Begin by bringing your puppy to the location you want him/her to use.
- You will carry your puppy to this spot.
- Set your puppy down and let your puppy explore. Your puppy may not have a need to go to the bathroom right away. Excitement can also distract your puppy from their needs.
- When your puppy has gone to the bathroom, smile, clap a little, and let your puppy see your approval. Even providing affection in the form of petting, is ac- ceptable reward for going to the bathroom in the area you have chosen.
- puppy see your approval. Even providing affection in the form of petting, is acceptable reward for going to the bathroom in the area you have chosen.
As soon as your puppy has completed their business, take him/her inside.
- You do not want your puppy to start associating any trip outside with play, when it comes to getting their business conducted. It is fine later on to let your puppy play outside, but you want to have him trained first.
Inside, let your puppy play and be interactive. Spend an hour with him/her.
Look for any signs that your puppy may need to go to the bathroom. If you see signs of bathroom need, take your puppy out.
If there are no signs, you are still going to take your puppy out after it has
been an hour, based on the theory that your puppy needs to use the area again based on his/her age.
Again, let your puppy explore, but bring him/her back in as soon as the
business has been conducted.
Always praise your puppy for going to the bathroom or going inside in the
place you have chosen.
If your puppy does not act like he/she needs to go to the bathroom, bring
them back in, wait for signs of the puppy dance, and take your puppy back out at 30 minutes or sooner if the puppy indicates a need.
The first day is going to be a lot of repetition. Every 30 minutes to an hour, you will want to let your new puppy outside to go to the bathroom. This is going to pre- vent accidents in the wrong location, excitement related accidents, and teach your puppy where to go.
The day is not over, simply because you are taking your puppy outside every 30 minutes. There are meals, playtime, and naps that can all impact housetraining.