Housebreaking a puppy can be easy but what happens if it all goes wrong? It can be hard when potty training a puppy for the first time, or if you haven't done this for a number of years, but following the right method is key. You can find details of the most successful ways to potty train your puppy here on house training a puppy.
But what happens if you've already tried multiple methods and failed? How do you get back on track with housebreaking your puppy?
In other words, what should you do when it all goes wrong?
It can be extremely frustrating trying to get your pup clean when it seems like everyone else has managed it but you. But, trust me, you're not the only one to come across problems and you sure won't be the last. Unfortunately 25% of dogs surrendered to shelters, are there because of toileting issues. Don't let your pup become a statistic instead read through these solutions to the common most problems with housebreaking a puppy and I'm sure you'll find some answers for your dog.
If this is the case then confinement is the best option. I don't mean confine her to a crate, but don't let your pup have the full run of your house. If you can't watch her, or need to go out, then put her in a crate or small room.
Puppies need to develop their "den" instinct as they don't like to mess in their den area. By confining them to small areas at a time, you will help them develop this instinct.
Use small rooms, crates, and barriers to keep her in the same room as you are in. This way you can keep an eye on her and get her outside at regular intervals to potty. As she becomes an adult dog, she will see the whole house as her den and should not want to soil the den area.
I usually keep my pup with me in the kitchen and if I need to go to another room for any length of time, I take her out to potty first and then have her confined to whatever room I am in. If I can't do that, then I put her in the crate while I am in another room or if I have to go out.
Yes, I've been there! In fact, Ava, would spend all the time outside playing with my other dog that she frequently forgot to go potty until she came in.
What I started doing was to take her out for a "play" for about 10 minutes, then bring her inside and immediately take her back out again (alone) to potty.
If this still doesn't work, or If at any time your pup doesn't pee or poop after 20 minutes outside, take her back inside and put her in her crate for 5 minutes. If you don't have a crate, have her tethered to you and keep a very close eye on her.
After 5 minutes of being in the crate, or tethered, take your puppy to her area and try again for about 10 minutes. Repeat this step (indoors for 5 minutes and bathroom for 10 mins) until she eventually goes to the bathroom. And when she does, praise and treat like crazy!
Don't despair, this is sometimes the case, especially if there have been multiple "mistakes" in the house already. And, as I mentioned before, this is fairly common when pups reach the age of roughly 13 weeks. What you need to do at this point, is hit what I like to call the "reset" button.
I found myself in this situation after my puppy contracted a Urinary Tract Infection that caused her to pee in just about every room in the house. Here's the steps I followed to successfully potty train my puppy. (after getting her medical help of course).
Although the process of housebreaking a puppy is fairly simple, there are a few things that you shouldn't do and why.
Unfortunately, these behaviors can seriously put housebreaking a puppy way behind schedule and you may find you have a much harder job to try and house train your puppy. But, it is most certainly not impossible if you stick with these tried and tested methods and solutions.