The most important lesson you teach your dog is not to pee in the house. It sounds simple but many dog owner experience lots of frustration with this one or do not know how the proper techniques involved in housebreaking a dog.
The first thing is to not start trying to housebreak your dog too early. This is because dogs that are around the four week mark in age may not have the muscle control needed. However if you start too late you could be creating some bad habits. So when is the right time? Around six to eight weeks is a good time.
When it comes to housebreaking a dog patients is going to be a virtue. Do not expect it to happen over night and even when you think you’ve got there will still be accidents inside. But in time the accidents will be less and less. It can take up to a month or more to housebreak your puppy but it can happen in as little as a week or two.
Housebreaking a dog requires the same principles as teach then to sit, stay or come in that it is a learned behavior. Use your body language and tone of voice to help instill the desired actions and praise your puppy when they do a good job.
The real trick is to know when they are about to eliminate so you can stop they and direct them to go outside. A few tell tale signs are circling or squatting. Once you see this you can quickly pick-up your puppy and bring them outside. It is a good idea to use a command like “outside” as you are doing this to help the dog associate the behavior.
Since puppies tend to eliminate every few hours you can preemptively take them outside. You may even want to hang a bell on the front door. As you leave the home say “outside” and ring the bell. Your dog will eventually associate the bell and “outside” with going to the bathroom. In time your dog will ring the bell on its own to let you know it wants to “go”. Stick with it and don’t get frustrated. If you are consist ant you will succeed in housebreaking your dog.