Housetraining a puppy

Puppies need:

-a routine
-a designated spot to eliminate
-a feeding schedule
-a confined area

The success and time that your puppy becomes housetrained will depend on how consistent you are.
Routine: A young pup will need to go out first thing in the morning, last thing in the evening, 15 minutes after meals and large drinks, after a nap or rigorous activity, before you go out and immediately upon your return and every hour in between. They may even need a trip out in the middle of the night until they are about 4 months old. Always take them to the same location and give them 5 full minutes. If nothing is done, repeat in 20 minutes. Always carry or take your puppy by leash. Praise or reward your puppy for proper behaviour.
Feeding Schedule: A young pup will need to eat small meals 3-4 times a day. This can be further discussed with your Veterinarian. Always take your puppy to eliminate 15 minutes after food or a large drink. You will soon see a pattern to when they will need to eliminate. After elimination you can give them free time to explore around the house for about 20 minutes.
Confined Area: Until a routine is established puppies should always be under your watch or in a confined area. A laundry room, bathroom, or kitchen are all good places for confinement. It should consist of a bed, an eating area, and a papered area to eliminate. Baby gates work well to block off the area. A crate can also be used for shorter periods of time. There should be enough room to stand, turn around and lie down.
During the hours you work confine your pup or have a dog sitter come.

Our diapers are useful at the end of puppy training for long hours alone or overnight after 4 months old. Dogs do not like to be wet and a diaper may teach them to hold it a bit longer. Line them with an adult incontinence pad for easy cleanup. We recommend you purchase more than one diaper for when they are in the laundry. Get 10% off with the purchase of two or more diapers.


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