The joy of welcoming a new pup in your home is coupled with several challenging tasks that would require time, patience, and genuine commitment. One of these challenges is housebreaking your new dog.
The older the dog, the harder it gets. So if you have a young pup, you’ll get better results in a short span of time—even as short as seven days.
The steps below must be followed consistently, and though you can modify some of the steps to suit your situation, it is recommended that you stick with it.
The hard part is staying at home for the whole week to train the dog. You should make certain adjustments beforehand to be able to fully commit in this task for seven days.
- You begin the training by waking up around 7 am to take the dog to the bathroom or outside the house. Wait as long as you can before bringing the dog inside. Return to the house and spend some quality time with your dog. You can let him play on his own, but it’s better to form a bond by playing with him.
- Let your dog eat or drink by 8 am. Carefully observe if the dog is showing signs of wanting to go, as dogs often do right after they eat. Immediately bring him outside if you see him wandering to concealed areas in the house or looking restless while sniffing the floor.
- Let your dog play freely in an enclosed area, such as a room or in the kitchen. Always be watchful to catch signs of bathroom needs. You can also crate train your dog while housebreaking. Just place the dog in his crate until 12 noon. Keep the dog busy by putting chew toys in his crate. Never place food or water near the crate during this time.
- By past noon, you can end the free time and feed the dog again. Wait up to half an hour before you take the dog outside. Once inside, you can either let the dog play for half an hour or place him in the crate. Just don’t forget to spend as much time with your dog during this weeklong training.
- Serve your dog’s last meal for the day by 6 pm. You can take him outside again after 30 minutes. You can play in the yard or take him to a walk; take advantage of this moment by helping your dog explore his outdoor environment.
- You can let the dog have water after two hours since his last meal. No water or food should be served past 8 pm. Wait for about 30 minutes and bring the dog outside again. You can go back to playtime once inside.
- Take the dog outside around 11 pm before retiring to bed. Keep him in his crate for the rest of the night to minimize accidents. If your dog has an “accident” while you’re not around, do not scold the puppy. You must be more vigilant the next time around to correct while his doing the act and not after it. Continue the training for the rest of the week and check your progress.