House training your new little puppy is all about consistency, patience and positive reinforcement. Start off good habits and build a loving bond with your puppy
It can often take 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to a year.
Small breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms and require more frequent trips outside. You may find that you need to help your puppy break old habits in order to establish more desirable ones.
Remember your puppy is a puppy so setbacks are inevitable. As long as you continue a management program that includes taking puppy out at the first sign you see your puppy needs to go and offering rewards your puppy will be trained eventually.
When to Begin:
Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when they are between 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age as at that age they have enough control of their bladders and bowel movements to learn to hold on
Steps for Housetraining your Puppy:
- ZKeep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away food between meals.
- ZTake the puppy out side to attend to business first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Also, always take your puppy outside after meals or on awakening from naps and make sure your puppy goes out last thing at night and before being left alone.
- ZTake your puppy to the same spot each time to do their business as the scent will prompt the need to go.
- ZStay with your puppy outside, at least until house trained.
- ZWhen your puppy does their business outside give lots of praise or give a treat.
- ZMost importantly enjoy the love and joy your puppy bringsyou and your family!