Adopting a new puppy is a great joy. They provide you with unconditional love and someone to come home to, and not to mention, they are so adorable! But puppies also come with added responsibilities, one of which most people aren’t excited for: house training. While this aspect of puppy parenthood may seem daunting, all it takes is some positive reinforcement, consistency, and a good dose of patience.
On average, puppies are fully house trained after six months, but some could take closer to a year. Size is sometimes an indicator of how long it will take. For instance, because smaller breeds have smaller bladders, they tend to need to go out more often. In addition, if your puppy previously lived somewhere where their bad potty habits were ignored, it may be more difficult to teach them to go outside. While this can be difficult, it is by no means impossible to housebreak these pups.
While you may have setbacks along the way, as long as you are consistent in your training program, your new best friend will eventually learn to go outside.
Puppy training experts recommend that you start house training puppies between 12 and 16 weeks old. By this age, they will be able to control their bladder to the point where they can learn how to hold it. If you have a puppy who is more than 12 weeks old and is still going in their cage, it indicates that it may take to longer to house train them. This is because at that point, their habits have already started to form, so you will have to re-train them to go outside. However, this doesn’t mean that it will be impossible.
There are several considerations you should make when you are house training your puppy.
A crate is a good short-term house training tool. Crating your puppy can be a great way to teach them how to hold it if you use it properly. Here are some tips:
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