Guest contributor: Nicola Reynor
Congratulations on welcoming a new member into your family! Perhaps this is your first pet or first puppy. In either case, you must be really excited. You are probably looking forward to teaching your pup lots of tricks. But before you try to teach it some tricks, your pup needs to be taught some basic things.
A pup is still a baby and doesn’t know what’s right and what isn’t. You will need to be patient and loving as your pup learns what actions are expected of it and what aren’t.
Here is some information that will come in handy while training your puppy.
Training to Eliminate in a Designated Area
A pup that is less than 12 weeks old will not have much control over its bladder and bowel movements. So before you start house training your pup, you will have to wait until it is about 12- 16 weeks old. As mentioned, training a pup needs a lot of patience; it could take you 4- 6 months to train your pup.
To begin training, you will need to keep the pup confined to a limited area. You can do this by keeping the pup on a leash or in a room.
Stick to schedule when it comes to feeding your pup. A pup may feel the urge to eliminate within about half an hour of having a meal or drinking water. Pups also need to eliminate after they wake up. Take your puppy out to the spot where it can eliminate once it wakes up and a short while after it has had something to eat. Apart from this, pups need to eliminate every 3- 4 hours.
Keep taking your pup out at regular intervals and wait for it to eliminate. Use a command that you don’t use in normal conversation. Once it finishes its business, reward it with treats and praises. This will help the pup learn that this behavior is acceptable.
You can also use the crate training method which involves confining the pup to a small crate. The idea is that a pup will not usually soil the crate but will eliminate only when let outside. Pups older than 12 weeks and that have been relieving themselves in crates will be more difficult to train.
What to Do When Pup Doesn’t Eliminate Outside?
At times a pup may eliminate just a little when taken outside and soil when taken inside the house. This may be because you’re rewarding your pup with too many treats every time you let it out to relieve itself. Perhaps your pup tricked you into getting the treat!
Furthermore, your pup might not eliminate as soon as you take it outside because it knows that it will be confined inside the house or crate once the business is over. Allow it to play around for some time before taking it back inside.
Your pup will love to prance around on the grass in your backyard. If you don’t want to deal with the maintenance that a lawn requires but want to give your pup the feel of real grass, you can get in touch with manufacturers of artificial grass to install an artificial turf.