The absolute first thing you must train your dog to do is to behave whilst in your house. House training means he must learn where and when he may do his business. Besides being substantially advantageous to the hygiene of your household, dogs benefit from having rules and a routine. Beneath are some steps to housetraining your dog.
The best age to begin housetraining your puppy is between 8 and 12 weeks old and one of the best rooms to keep your puppy in is the Kitchen because generally kitchen floors are easier to clean when accidents happen.
Experts suggest incorporating a cage in a young dog’s training process. (For housetraining an older dog, skip this section.) The cage, with a locking door and see-through bars should be big enough for the dog to move around in. While it sounds like a miniature jail cell, cages should not be used to punish your puppy. The idea is to make the cage into a doggy bedroom – someplace where your puppy can play and sleep. He should never be confined in his cage for more than two hours at a time.
Because dogs, don’t believe in urinating in their sleeping areas, your puppy will not relieve himself in the cage unless you’ve cruelly locked him in there for longer than he was able to hold it in. Three-month old puppies generally need to urinate every three hours, so lead your puppy to a designated outdoor bathroom spot often.
Try to always leave the house through the same door with your puppy – the door you’d like your dog to scratch at to signal his need to go out in the future.
Try to take your puppy/dog out at around the same time every day. A routine will eventually be established, and your dog will soon know to hold it in until you take him out.
If your dog is not completely house trained and is used to roaming freely around the house, look for clues that tell you he needs to go. Your dog may suddenly put his nose down and sniff the ground intently. He may begin to circle an area. Or, he may stare at the door with an intense look on his face. Signs like these tell you to drop what you’re doing and get that dog out of the house. If you catch your dog doing his business inside (and only if you catch him – not after you discover he’s already committed the crime), rush over and stop him by grasping his collar, pulling up on it, and saying, “NO” in a deep, stern voice. Then take him outside to let him finish up and praise him with pats on the head when he does.