PuppiesCongratulations on your new puppy!

Puppies can be very exciting and a joy to have but they can also be a lot of work. Lucky for you canines are wired to make house training possible. But you have to help your new puppy be successful.

Here are some tips to help get them house trained so that you can live a joyous happy life with your new puppy companion.

Create a safe place for your puppy
You can do this using a crate or a small area in your home with a bed and toys. This is somewhere that when your puppy wants alone time he/she can come to rest. He/she should feel safe in this space when you are not with them.

Frequent Outings
Take your puppy outside frequently. Puppies cannot hold their bladders for extended periods of time. So make accommodations for them to go out regularly. It might help to take them to the same place each time so they associate it with peeing and pooping. Make sure to reward them with treats and praise each time they pee or poop as well.

Try to discourage play during elimination times. This shows your puppy that you want them to eliminate during these times and that it is not a time for play. If you encourage playtime during times of elimination your puppy may use each outside time for play more often than elimination and you will find it more difficult to potty train your puppy.

Predictable elimination times
Puppies can be pretty predictable when they need to eliminate if you follow a few helpful tips.

- Don’t free feed your puppy; set specific meal times and take your puppy out before and approximately 10 minutes after mealtime
- Take your puppy our after playtime
- Take your puppy out after naptimes
- Take your puppy out first thing in the morning when he/she wakes up for the day
- Take your puppy out right before bedtime

These are just a few times you should take your puppy out to eliminate, you would need to tailor elimination times to your specific puppy but these times can be helpful in helping you determine what is best for your puppy.

Punishment is a no-no
Never strike your puppy or rub their nose in an accident. He/she can’t sort out their fear of your handling from what you’re trying to convey, so they will just learn to fear you when you are upset.

If you start to see them squat or hunch to eliminate pick them up and take them to the appropriate place and praise them when they go where you want them to go instead.

Accidents WILL happen
Clean up mishaps with an enzyme cleaner so your puppy doesn’t keep going to the same spot. Don’t depend on your puppy to warn you of an impending incident take him or her out every 2 hours or so to prevent accidents. Eventually he/she will learn to let you know they need to go out. Be consistent and vigilant, some puppies learn quicker than others.

Puppies can also get urinary tract infections or have other medical problems that can delay house training.

If you suspect there may be a problem, such as a urinary tract infection or other medical problem, give Animal Hospital of Rye a call at 717-957-3991 to schedule an appointment.