We all know that housetraining a puppy can prove to be a daunting task, especially if you have one of those more “stubborn” breeds to housetrain. Puppy Housetraining doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. If you simply follow a few rules, your pup will be housebroken in no time.
First, always remember that a dog absolutely does not think like a human. Taking the dog and throwing him outside an hour after he actually pees is not going to teach him anything other than to fear you for no reason. You want to train your dog using positive reinforcement so that he will learn with confidence and respect for you, not out of sheer fear of you.
To house train a puppy, you must always watch them. This is why owning a puppy can be a little intimidating to some people. If you cannot watch the puppy, you need to have him crated in a crate small enough that he cannot relieve himself on one side a sleep on the other. Always make sure that you watch for a puppy that is sniffing around and seems as though he is looking for something. This is usually a strong indicator that he is about to relieve himself. Quickly bring him outside and let him wander for a bit (as he may have forgotten what he was doing). As soon as he begins to relieve himself, shower him with praise to let him know that what he is doing is exactly what you need him to do.
When a puppy is caught going potty inside, do not ever smack him before bringing him outside. Simply pick him up and carry him outside and firmly say “go potty” or a phrase that you would like to use every time he goes to the bathroom, but always make sure it is the same phrase every time. By smacking a puppy, you are taking the chance that he will learn to relieve himself while you are not looking (ie: behind furniture, when you are in another room, etc). At this point, the puppy has learned not to potty in front of you. This is never good.
House training a puppy can be simple and satisfying if only you take the proper steps to ensure success.