Day 2 with your puppy is a lot of reinforcement through repetition. It is necessary to help your puppy associate the routine with going to the bathroom. The more consistent you are, the faster the link with your puppy will be created.
- Start the day off by carrying your puppy outside. Your puppy has probably
- woken you up, unless you wake up at 4 or 5 am each day. Do not ignore your puppy’s barks and whines. Most puppy’s wake you up because they need to go to the bathroom.
- You want to carry your puppy outside to avoid accidents. A distracted puppy can have an accident, versus one that you carry outside, quickly and effi- ciently.
- After your dog has relieved himself/herself, carry your puppy back in. Set
- your puppy next to their food bowl. Use commands such as sit and stay, even though your puppy may not follow your commands. The words will be heard, and you can work with them on understanding the commands later on.
- Feed your puppy and then take your puppy back outside. After a few eedings, you will start to learn how quickly your puppy needs to go to the bathroom after eating. It may be 30 minutes, but for the second day, make cer- tain you are offering plenty of opportunities.
Always provide praise to your puppy for each bathroom result.
Bring your puppy back inside and begin playing. You want to provide plenty of activity for your puppy. However, you also want to do so in a controlled area. You should teach your puppy when it is okay to play, as well as where. This will cut down on any couch play that you do not want. Also by keeping your puppy in a certain area, you can ensure any “accident” that occurs is in an acceptable area.
The key is to keep your eye on your puppy all the time, so you can rush your puppy outside if your puppy starts indicating a need to go.
Take your puppy out every 30 minutes on this second day. If necessary, re-
main outside for 30 minutes to ensure your puppy has gone to the bathroom. If you do not wait long enough, you may find you bring your puppy back inside and there is an immediate accident. You will have to use pa- tience to ensure that you are training your puppy properly.
The daily routine needs to be a split of bathroom breaks, play, and sleeping.
- For dogs who will be locked in their crate for 8 hours or more a day, you want to use the crate for sleeping. After meals, playing, and bathroom breaks, put your puppy in his/her crate for sleeping. It offers a routine, as well as rein- forcement of the daily ritual they will be following.
You will always let your puppy out for one “last” bathroom break before
bed. It is important to be patient, persistent, and consistent in your training.
Your puppy can quickly develop bad habits that you do not want because you are involved in loving him/her. In the first few days it is great to have a new puppy. You want to spend all your time with him/her and simply enjoy what they have to offer. The downside is that life has to return to normal.
A normal routine will be followed soon, and your dog is not going to understand, unless you have provided this routine in the first week.
Some people train their dogs on their routine from the first day, regardless of a puppy’s frequent bathroom needs. It does not allow for your puppy to get used to their crate, bathroom needs, and becoming housetrained.
It is far better to adopt a puppy when you have an entire week to spend with your puppy. You are not going to completely vary your routine, but you are going to show your puppy the ropes.
If you play with your dog constantly, in places you are not going to want to play when he/she grows up, you are already establishing traits you don’t want.