How to House-Train a Puppy

Getting a new puppy can be an exciting milestone in your family’s life. If you bond with and raise your pup correctly, you’ll probably have a faithful companion for many years to come. If you neglect to train your puppy properly, you may run into behavior issues down the line that become more difficult to correct. 

Dogs want to learn their place in the household and how to behave. If you don’t show them, they will come up with any number of bad habits: barking at the door, jumping on your guests, having “accidents” in the home, pulling and barking while on leash, and showing aggression to other dogs and people. Read on to learn some key puppy training tips. 

Build a Morning Routine for Your Puppy

Raising a puppy is kind of like raising a child: Both thrive under a routine. Here’s a good puppy training routine to use in the mornings.

First Bathroom Break

The first thing you should do in the morning is take your puppy outside. When you find a good spot, you can encourage your puppy by saying a phrase such as, “Go potty!” Any derivative of this phrase will work, as long as you stay consistent. As soon as your pup does its business, show praise, then bring her inside. 

First Meal

Your pup is now ready for her first meal! When you feed your pup, put her dog food bowl down in front of her. She should eat the food right away, but if she doesn’t eat after 10 or 15 minutes, take the food away, and don’t try feeding again until the next meal time. 

Second Bathroom Break

Either after your pup eats breakfast or after you’ve waited the full 15 minutes, take her outside again and say, “Go potty!” or whichever phrase or word you chose the first time to get your dog to do her business. If your dog did not eat, she will probably not need to go outside at this time, but this will still help you establish a routine and encourage her to associate the word “potty” with a bathroom break.

Go on a Walk

After your puppy relieves itself, praise and play with your pup for a little while, then take her for a walk. Although mornings are busy for most people, it’s very important to tire out your dog in the morning so she won’t become anxious or restless during the day. You will probably have to get up earlier than usual to create puppy time at the beginning of the day.

Build an Afternoon Routine for Your Puppy

Many people work during the day or need to leave the house. If you’ll be away from your puppy for longer than about five hours, you might want to consider having a dog walker come in or take your dog to a doggie day care. Either way, be sure to leave detailed instructions so that they can continue to build a consistent routine with your pup while you’re away. 

Get Your Pup Ready for a Nap

After her morning walk, your puppy should now be ready for a nap. Have a designated spot for this — it could be a crate or a dog bed. 

Repeat the Morning Routine

When your puppy wakes from its nap, you or your dog walker should repeat the procedure from the morning: take the pup outside to relieve itself, praise her, play, take her back inside for a mid-day meal and then go outside again for play time, potty, and then another nap. When your puppy becomes a full-grown furry friend, you can probably skip this midday meal and feed your dog twice a day. In the mid- to late afternoon, after your puppy wakes from her second nap, take her outside for another potty and play session.

Build an Evening Routine for Your Puppy

In the evening, you should feed your puppy dinner, take her on another walk and then encourage a stable sleeping routine. Here’s how.

Feed Your Dog Dinner

Feed your dog dinner around the time you eat dinner, preferably before you sit down for yours. That way, you can take your puppy outside to do its business before you eat. While you are having dinner, you can offer your dog a chew toy, which could reduce your dog’s probable urge to beg at the table. After your dinner, play with your puppy or take it for another walk.

Create a Sleeping Space for Your Pup

Show your dog to her crate or bed around the same time each night. Young puppies might not be able to make it through the night without having to go outside, so you might have to set your alarm for the middle of the night to take your puppy out for a quick session. Avoid playing at this time. You want to train your puppy to sleep through the night, so this middle-of-the-night routine should be temporary and just for business.

All this might sound like a lot of work, but once you and your new puppy get used to the routine, your dog will fit in with your lifestyle and be ready for additional (and fun) training. If your pup is experiencing restlessness throughout the day, consider using Purity Preferred Calming CBD to help promote a sense of relaxation.

Laura Agadoni is a real estate and pet writer, landlord, and realtor. Her work has been featured on, Trulia and the Motley Fool. When she isn’t working, she’s walking and training her dogs. She earned a degree in journalism from California State University and lives in Marietta, GA.



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