Puppies are intelligent. With the right training, puppies can learn exactly what you want in a few days. The repetition of words like consistency and routine are necessary because it is the “secret” to housetraining your dog. It is simple, correct?
All you have to do is see to your puppy’s needs based on their current cognitive and growth development. You also have to avoid temptation and not form a situ- ation your dog is going to find acceptable, but you will find inappropriate later.
To avoid being repetitive, you are going to follow the same routine as day 2. Your puppy and you wake up, immediately go outside, and start the rest of the day with food, play, and appropriately spaced bathroom breaks.
Your puppy depends on you to remind him/her when it is time to go to the bathroom, at least in the first few months. This reminder keeps accidents from happening and ensures your puppy is given ample opportunity to relieve them- selves.
Now, it is time to work with their intelligence.
The routine has been established. You are following it. Yet, you also want to add in things like housetraining words they can learn and know.
You also want to bond more with your puppy and establish a system of affection that does not spoil your dog or teach him/her to do something you will not like.
From day one, you should have used words like “go potty” even asking “do you need to go potty?” At first your dog is not going to understand, but like their bath- room routine, the words you use will eventually sink in.
It is also time to start helping your dog ask to go and walk outside. After a ses- sion outside with eliminating, you can bring your dog back in. If they are too rowdy to listen, play with your puppy.
The idea is to gain an obedient puppy that is ready to listen to you. About ten to twenty minutes of play should help calm your puppy. If he/she is already calm, then you can start the voice commands.
For the time being you will want to use your hands and treats. To teach your puppy to sit, follow these training methods:
- Say “sit.”
- Hold a treat over your puppy’s head in a position that automatically has their bum sitting on the floor.
- Give the treat.
- Repeat the word and steps 2 and 3.
On a fourth time, say sit and have nothing in your hand.
Use your position to get the dog to sit, if they do not sit at the voice com-
This time use petting as a reward.
Like house training, you will need to repeat your commands.
When your puppy has learned the command “sit,” you can begin to use it
Your dog knows which door to go out, ask your puppy to sit, and then
open the door.
If your puppy does not sit the first time, you will still open the door. The idea is to correlate asking at the door, with sitting, and waiting for a second for you to get the door open. However, to avoid accidents, let your puppy out if they are too “excited” to wait.
You also want to reward your puppy if they go to the door and ask to go out- side. Words such as “good job,” can be used along with a pat on the head. This is a reward, but also indicates that they are not getting a treat simply because they went to the door and asked to go outside.
Each time your puppy asks to go outside to the bathroom or for play, ask him/her to sit first. This will tell your puppy that good behavior will be rewarded.
If there is something they do that you do not like, such as pawing the door or barking, you definitely need to ask your puppy to sit. You also want to ensure that you are not opening the door, after the pawing or barking. The reward is the door opening for a behavior you don’t like, thus avoid this at all costs.
You can start to teach your puppy that pawing or barking, when they need to go outside, is acceptable if you always open the door to the commands they give you.
It goes back to you being aware of what your dog needs. You have the timer. You know if they need to go to the bathroom. You can watch your puppy and see if they head to the door you let them out for bathroom needs. If they go to the door, wait a moment to see if they sit or do the puppy dance.
Open the door immediately. Even if your dog does not sit the first day, show them that you are willing to open the door when they wait by the door versus paw- ing or barking.
An accident may happen, but it is better to show your puppy that barking and pawing get no response, but waiting patiently will. It is up to you to pay attention to the puppy dance and know your dog is going to the door versus making him get your attention with inappropriate behaviors.