I love having a new puppy. I don’t love having to house train my new puppy. that is unavoidable, but I want to give you some good advice- use the Crate Training method for house training your next new puppy. Crate training puppies is the easiest and best way to deal with the whole house training process.
I used to house train my new pups with the old newspaper on the floor method. It worked-sort of- but it definitely had its down sides. One dark night on the way to the bathroom, I was startled to a wide awake state when I stepped right onto a steaming accident my puppy had just deposited on my bedroom floor-nowhere near his newspaper. Yuck. I made up my mind that moment to buy a crate the next day.
If you use the crate training method, there will not be nearly as many opportunities for “accidents” to happen prior to completely house training him. When I first started hearing about crate training puppies I thought it seemed sort of cruel to keep the puppy in a kennel most of the time .Using the crate training method requires you to keep the puppy in his crate at all times unless someone is actively watching him, and making sure to avoid any accidents. That’s because it seems that if you aren’t actively watching him, that is usually when he is most likely to leave a puddle or drop a bomb on the carpet. I needn’t have worried about the puppy feeling bad inside his crate, since the crate actually feels to him like a place of safety and security-its his den.
When crate training your puppy, try to keep his crate in the room you are spending most of the day in. For someone who works at him, keep him with you in your work area. You can also keep an eye and ear open for any whining that might indicate it is time for a potty break. Even if your puppy seems bored in the crate and whines a bit, only let him out for a potty break followed by supervised feeding and play time . Watch for signs of the puppy waking up from one of his naps-they always have to go potty right after waking up.
When you take him out of his crate, give him his food and then lots of exercise by playing and maybe a little training so the he is ready for a nice rest when he goes back in his crate. Let him have a couple of hours of time out of the crate, and before you put him back in, make sure he has a chance to relieve himself outside. This way he will be tired out, he’ll take a nice long nap-up to a couple hours, and he won’t be bored in his crate. Make sure you are staying consistent with the crate training method as that is a key factor for a quicker success.
It is very likely that you’ll find some accidents happening if you don’t keep him in the crate unless he is supervised. Once the smell is in the carpet or on the floor, it will be harder to stop these accidents from reoccurring in the future. Remember, if your puppy does have an occasional accident, don’t hit him or yell at him. If you catch him just starting or about to start, say “no” to get his attention, then quickly lead him outside to the spot he uses. Always remain on the positive side, praising and reward, but not yelling or hitting. Like anything else, the closer you adhere to the crate training system’s methods, the quicker and better the progress you will see.
I know if you try the crate method you will be glad you did. It is really nice to not find those puddles and piles of poop here and there in the house that an untrained puppy will surely deposit for you. Before I started the crate training I got a great book on the subject and then followed some of the great advice I found in it that helped me get through the house training the easiest way possible- Crate Method House Training