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The tried and tested path to house training: This is how your puppy will also get clean!

Puppy times always go by way too fast, right?

The thought of the time when my dogs were clumsy little balls of fur is especially nice because the house-training thing was always pretty stress-free, at least in retrospect.

The secret to reliable house training is patience, consistency, a good training plan and realistic expectations.

I promise, in six months you will be laughing about it and you will almost have forgotten that for a while life with a dog only seemed to consist of puddles and heaps of puddles.

You can find short instructions for house training in many Puppy counselors. In this article I tried to explain the individual points a little more precisely.

From the beginning: Why do dogs do their business in the apartment at all?

Young dogs have a certain feeling for not wanting to pollute their own sleeping place.

But a complete house training is obviously not innate.

Inside and Outside “is a concept that dogs are alien. You first have to learn which criteria can be used to determine where the “parlor” begins and where it ends. And what this context has to do with the permission to drain. This will need time.

Very young dogs often do not have complete control over their emptying. Even if they try to comply, mishaps happen to them due to a lack of body control. That has nothing to do with bad training, the dog just can’t help it. At the latest by 3-4 months you should see rapid progress from day to day.

The young dog must first learn not to give in to his physical needs immediately. It is a fairly natural thing for a baby to have expandable impulse control and self-restraint. Children as well as puppies must first learn why it can sometimes be worthwhile not to give in to every desire for need satisfaction immediately, now, immediately and here.

Why should you do business outside at all? Before house training in dogs becomes a habit that is no longer questioned, it is up to us to create an appropriate level of motivation. The dog should learn to comply, to report and only loosen up outside to want. Having to comply is uncomfortable. We have to provide good reasons why the dog should do this to himself.

Motivation is a particularly important point for dogs who have already learned to perceive it as more rewarding to do their little business indoors. For example, because they learned it from the previous owner or because it is too wet, too cold or too scary outside.

Puppy in dog basket

How long does it take for the dog to be house trained?

Every training takes time.

In a baby, toilet training takes months. So why be annoyed with the dog after 3 days?

This is mainly due to the fact that when buying a dog you often have no idea how complex it is to raise and train young dogs.

Raising puppies is a full-time job and house training is quite a demanding subject from a training point of view for both dog and owner.

Especially for first-time dog owners this can be like a Mammoth project feel.

It is quite natural to feel mildly overwhelmed when you have to work out effectively from day one.

Hold on, it can only get better!

Many “dog gurus” take advantage of the suffering that such a small permanent pee brings with it and sell overpriced guides and all kinds of accessories with absurd promises of salvation.

Be realistic!

It takes at least days to weeks for dogs to be house-trained to some extent. And many dogs sometimes even take months to become absolutely reliable.

Physical maturity and previous experience in dogs play just as important a role as they do Quality of your training attempts.

If you are consistent and stick to your plan, you can be behind you in 1-2 weeks. If you cannot provide all-round support, whether planned or unplanned, it will take longer.

House training is not a competition!

Your dog needs opportunities to learn what you want. And you need time to understand how best to train a small dog.

Requirements for the “house training” training project

Before we get down to the nitty-gritty, you first have to be clear about your training goal:

Most will now say “The dog should Not make more pure!“

Now there is just the basic problem that one can get one NOT can train badly.

After all, you can’t reward your dog for “not getting clean right now”.

A guiding principle in training should therefore always be: If a stuffed dog can do it, it is not behavior. And only behavior can be trained.

This also applies to the rest of the dog’s life: As early as possible, break away from the mental attitude of always wanting to wean the dog from something. It is more effective to think about what new habit you want to get him into instead.

So we rephrase: “The dog should only outside do his business. “

So we try with all training steps to ensure that the dog has the opportunity to do all his business outside and we provide rewards to ensure that he learns to experience this as worthwhile.

Physical maturity and health: can your dog already comply?

Young puppies up to around the 12th week or even beyond cannot hold out for long.

Here you have to watch very carefully and, if you want to see quick successes, never take your eyes off the little rascal.

But already a simple one Urinary tract infection can make training success impossible. Scolding would be particularly unfair here.

So if you are not quite sure whether the dog can hold tight at all, you should first ask the vet.

Not infrequently suffer in particular Puppies from questionable sources diarrhea, giardia, worm infestation or infectious diseases. Even in such a situation, learning how to be house-trained has to take a back seat.

The first trip with a new dog should therefore always lead to the vet for a relaxed first meeting and the first little one Check-Up.

In adult dogs, physical incontinence must also be ruled out before training. And in older dogs, the onset of dementia can cause familiar processes and body control to disappear.

No more training helps here, only good management of the life situation.

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How do you get the dog house trained?

What is absolutely necessary: You have to be able to take your timeto observe your dog closely and repeatedly (read: Much more often than you would like) to bring outside.

In order to get a dog house-trained, one relies on a mixture of if possible frustration-free learning and an emphasis on Advantages of walking in the open air:

  1. Ideally, you will recognize every time when your dog has to and take him outside every time. If he doesn’t get the opportunity to think about peeing on your carpet, the idea will probably never occur to him. Such error-free learning is frustration-free and effective for all parties, but is usually a pious wish.
  2. That’s why we give the dog additional bonuses after he has done his business outsidet. This helps make the dog think about what the differences between indoors and outdoors might be.
  3. We take care of times when training is just not feasible suitable accommodation for the puppy. This is to prevent him from learning wrong things in unobserved times.

With enough patience and spit, every healthy dog ​​learns to be house-trained.

Don’t panic: I.In reality, mishaps will happen, that is sometimes unavoidable in real, real life.

If I were you, I would mothball your favorite bright carpet.

As long as you learn from your mistakes and adapt your training, everything is fine.

Always remember: Don’t despair, the first few weeks are the worst!

How do you know when the dog has to?

There are a few typical signs of upcoming businessthat you can learn to read:

  • Lots of small dogs interrupt their actions very abruptlywhen you feel a sudden “urge”.
  • You then stand there for a moment as if rooted to the spot and suddenly start playing more or less purposefully and begin to sniff concentrated on the ground.
  • Some pups also deliberately seek out protected places, because during the emptying process one is of course quite defenseless. Popular “toilet spots” are therefore preferred behind or under furniture.
  • Some dogs are embarrassed about keeping themselves and their beds clean. Others go with preference and exclusively of all places in her safe basket (click here for the post about puppy beds) to do business there.
  • Just before a pile is deposited Most dogs turn awkwardly in circles a few times. Now things have to go really smoothly.
  • Sometimes you only notice one thing in particular confused expressionthat the dog might have to. This is especially the case when the concept of “outside vs. inside” slowly dawns on him, but he does not yet know exactly what to do with this information.

Look closely!

In the first few days you have to look particularly carefully. Very young puppies can sometimes hardly stop and in practice only have a few seconds between the self-perception “I have to go” and the actual emptying.

If you your dog’s first attempts to seek help from you, then celebrate this as the main prize. It dawns on him that you can help him if he wants to go outside.

So if your dog starts to make eye contact with you in a very subtle way, to sigh or to move towards the door, then appreciate that accordingly and respond to his wishes.

How often do young dogs have to go about their business?

It is quite normal for his puppy to begin with 10-15 pee breaks daily to offer. Really, puppies pee and dumble all day long.

The rule of thumb is:

  • At 8 weeks, puppies have to go out every 1-2 hours
  • With every additional month this works 1 hour longer

There are a few typical situations, in which you can almost always expect the young dog to have to.

  • Peeing after waking up is very typical. And since puppies often sleep, they often wake up and have to be taken out. Most urgently, of course, as the very first course early in the morning. You can tick off your first morning coffee for now!
  • Excitement and movement also stimulate the body’s functions. After romping around and playing, after welcoming visitors or after the little dog has got excited about something, you can expect a puddle.
  • Some time after eating is the typical time for one of the many piles that a young dog takes care of throughout the day.


On high quality lining, which consists not only of filling fiber and sugars, can significantly reduce the output volume.

The frequency of business also depends a bit on the dog’s degree of maturity. With increasing bladder volume and increasing body control, the business gets less and less with every week.

It is best to pay attention to the situations in which the dog has to to foresee and to go out with him prophylactically. If you wait until the dog shows clear signs every time, more accidents will happen.

How should the pee breaks be designed to get the dog house-trained?

If you notice that your dog …

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