At last, your long-awaited, adorable puppy has arrived home… And just as exciting, he’s enthusiastically and lovingly watering the living room carpet! You knew it and your young pet has just confirmed it: potty training must begin immediately. By following this wise advice, you’ll get through this mandatory stage in your puppy’s education in the most hassle-free and efficient way possible.
Don’t hesitate to ask for the support of our specialists at the Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien in Montreal to successfully overcome this challenge that awaits all of us who own four-legged companions. The implementation of a regular training program that adheres to well-known rules with proven effectiveness will ensure total and lasting success: your puppy will be housebroken gently and in record time.
Behaviours to Avoid at All Cost
First of all, it’s essential to know the basic rules for effective, non-aggressive housebreaking; certain common reflexes should be avoided at all costs:
- Yelling, scolding or punishing your puppy;
- Rubbing his nose in his mess;
- Cleaning up his mess with your knees on the ground: this may invite him to play;
- Using a bleach product for cleaning.
To better understand this learning process, it’s important to know your pet’s physiology; thinking that a puppy can be housebroken as early as two months, or even three months, is unrealistic: his digestive system is not ready. You’ll be asking your puppy to do something that he can’t, despite good intentions, and this mutual misunderstanding will be a source of frustration for both you and him.
Potty training begins as soon as your puppy is born and at around three months of age, he will understand that he must relieve himself outside of his sleeping area. You may not know it, but the mother has already taught her puppies this by eating their feces for the first few weeks of their lives to keep the area clean, and then moving them out of the basket to relieve themselves elsewhere.
Behaviours to Practice at All Times
Puppies under three months of age will relieve themselves on average every hour or two. If owners teach puppies of this age to relieve themselves on a pee-pad, you will have to reverse this conditioning later on to avoid having to manage soiled pee-pads throughout your pet’s life… even as an adult.
By being patient, you can replace and continue the mother’s training. Starting outdoor house training as early as possible, even before three months, is recommended. You’ll take your puppy out very frequently: after every meal, every nap and every playtime, and even more often if you have the opportunity.
You’ll reward your puppy as soon as he’s done his business in the right place with an exciting moment of petting, encouragement and even small treats: he loves to please you and encouragement will be your best friend. Moreover, if you feed him and take him out at regular times, his body will condition itself to eliminate waste at regular times as well.
During this period, observing your pet’s behavior will allow you to recognize his body language and anticipate when he will need to relieve himself: he will sniff around, squeak, walk in circles, and scratch at the door… And if you think that your pet is struggling in this department, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the best veterinarian in Montreal in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, the Clinique Vétérinaire Beaubien, in order to check for a possible urinary issue.