Learn how to house train a dog or puppy in this video tutorial.
Dog Potty Training Rule #1: Months Old = Hours Your Puppy Can Hold Their Bladder
An 8 week old puppy can roughly hold their bladder for 2 hours MAYBE 3 at an absolute maximum.
It is very important to understand that it’s not physically possible for an 8 week old puppy to hold their bladder for 6 or 7 hours.
The general rule for is that for how ever many months old your puppy is, he can hold his bladder for that many hours.
A 3 month old puppy can hold it for 3 hours.
A 4 month old puppy can hold it for 4 hours, etc.
It is very important to have a realistic expectation for how long your dog can actually go without having to relieve themselves
Dog Potty Training Rule #2: Reward With 3 Treats, Not Just 1
Every time your puppy or dog goes to the bathroom outside we want to reward him.
Every time that something good happens to your puppy after he has done something, the more likely your puppy will repeat that behavior in hopes that that good thing will occur again.
This is the key to house training.
We want our dog to learn that going to the bathroom outside is the greatest thing in the world!
A very simple way to do this is to use a very high value food reward that your dog only gets after he has gone to the bathroom in the correct place.
Reserve the dog treats for your other training – potty training rewards need the be the BEST treats your dog has ever had.
Tiny pieces of chicken, steak, cheese, or hotdogs work wonderful.
But remember, these treats are a reward ONLY for house training.
If you use them too often, they will lose their value and that is not what we want to have happen.
Immediately after your dog has finished going to the bathroom, you are going to give him 3 treats in a row rapid fire style.
The dog has just finished peeing, so you give him a treat and he eats it.
The second he swallows that one, you give him another.
After the second one is gone you give him one last treat.
Not only does your dog learn that pooping and peeing outside gets him the greatest treats ever, but this is the only time he ever gets THREE treats in a row!
This is a great little trick to use to speed up the house training process.
What To Do When Your Puppy Has An Accident
How you react when your puppy or dog has an accident ( and you SHOULD expect accidents) has an enormous impact on how successful you will be in house training your dog.
First, here is a list of things NOT TO DO when your puppy has an accident:
Rub their nose in it Tell them “bad dog” Hit them Put them in timeout Roll them on their side Grab them by the back of the neck If you do ANY of these things in the list above, not only will you make the house training process LONGER, but you will also be teaching your dog to fear you which we don’t want.
Please avoid any of the techniques on the above list at all costs.
Anyone telling you to do any of those things is about 30 years behind in the current research.
So now that you know what NOT to do, what DO we do when we see that our puppy has had an accident?
If you don’t catch your puppy in the act, you just walk into a room and you notice a pile of poop and your dog is no where to be seen, then there is nothing you can do but clean it up.
Dogs live in a very fast paced world, and you need to give them feedback within two seconds of a behavior or they have no idea what that feedback is for.
The two second rule is a very important part of dog training in general, but really comes into play with house training.
So unless you catch your dog in the act of going to the bathroom inside, there is nothing that you can do.
Getting angry with your dog after they have already had an accident will only teach your dog that “humans get angry when they see poop or pee, so I better hide it next time and make sure I don’t go when they are around.”
It is very important that when your dog does have an accident you clean it up the proper way.
There is an enzyme in dog urine that attracts dogs to come back to the same spot to go to the bathroom.
If you don’t destroy this enzyme when you clean up accidents, your dog will continue to go back to the same spot because he can still pick up on the scent.
The best clean up spray that every puppy owner should have is Nature’s Miracle House Training Spray because it is the only thing that completely destroys the enzymes in the urine.
Use that spray after every accident to make sure you are breaking down the enzymes that only dogs noses can detect.
You now know that if you don’t catch your dog in the act of having an accident, then there is nothing that you can do.