Expecting too Much Too Fast from Your Puppy’s Potty Training, Reason #1
Impatience is the number one culprit of delay! Far too many pet owners that we encounter have high expectations for their puppy regarding housebreaking and potty training. It always seems to be a race; how quick can we get rid of the crate!?
Undeniably, wanting to achieve quick outcomes in the potty training game is the greatest obstacle to many puppy owners that want reliable potty training results.
There is nothing wrong with setting the bar high for our canines (after all, we promote this ideology to our children); however, it is very important to understand that expectations must be realistic too and you MUST consider:
3) Duration away from the home
4) How he or she is doing with potty training while you’re home
Potty training your puppy is a progression. Yet, so many puppy owners ignore the above considerations and take a “cross my fingers” approach. Don’t do it, you’ll probably find the error of your way in months to come. This is because the more you prematurely leave your puppy home and come home to a mess, the more that habit is becoming ingrained, we’re imprinting the wrong message. And like any habit, the stronger it gets, the longer it takes to break.
Genetics and Puppy Potty Training, Reason #2
Like humans, genetics are the parts that we come with (or the parts we do not come with). It is our temperament and who we are. We can build on genetics, but we cannot modify or change our genes. For the purposes of potty training, there will be some dogs that are more comfortable being next to their poop or pee, while others will totally despise it! This is their natural response.
Humans are the same way – some people’s floors you can eat from and others you wouldn’t even want to walk on. It stinks (no pun intended) but it is the truth.
By the way, genetics is often overlooked in dog aggression leading many dog owners baffled when they realize that there are no quick fixes to dog aggression. So, let’s not dismiss a dog’s genetics whether for potty training or dog obedience training. Genetics must be observed, respected and considered when forming a training program for your dog or puppy. Your dog’s training platform should be designed around their personality (genetics) among other variables.
Can you housebreak a 3 year old dog?Yes, an older dog can absolutely be potty trained. In fact, house training an adult dog can actually be easier than house training a puppy. This is because adult dogs are more likely more used to holding in their pee, so getting accumulated to a bathroom schedule may be easier for them.
RE-Train Your Adult Dog to Potty outside the house. II Dog Potty Training II Monkoodog
One of the reasons why some puppies end up in animal shelters is soiling in the house. Rarely will you find a homeowner that entertains a pet who won’t stop messing up his rugs and carpets, the fact that the owner is normally to blame seems neither here nor there to some of them. In my view they shouldn’t have pets in the first place. Still as you are reading this, I am going to assume that YOU are not one of those people and that you have your pets’ best interests at heart and are willing to put in the time and effort it needs to help potty train your furry little friend.
What age should a dog be potty trained? The best time to start potty train your dog is when he is between 3-6 months old (that’s just 12 to 24 weeks). Even by this young age they should have enough control of their bladder and bowel to learn how to hold on, or at least go to where they are allowed to poop. An alert eye from you and consistent encouragement with gentle reinforcement as you teach them will get them from messing on the carpet to finally messing outside. Patience and persistence will get you there!
In this post, we will give you some handy tips on How To Housetrain Your Puppy and take a look at the most ideal stage to introduce potty training in your dog’s life.
The objective here is to give your puppy desirable habits and develop a loving bond between you and your pet.
Most pups won’t be able to control the urge to go until they are about 3 months old, however, you can start when the dog is just 6-weeks old.
You can begin taking him out in the garden frequently to allow him to go. While this may reduce the number of times he accidentally pees or poops in the house, it will take up to 3 months for him to be a good age for house training.
According to experts, your pooch can hold his bladder for around one hour per month of his age. So, at 3 months old, it will probably take 3 hours maximum between potty trips.
This may vary depending on his level of excitement and how much he’s had to drink. Dogs tend to loosen their bladders whenever they are overexcited.
Normally, it will take the average puppy between 4 to 6 months to be completely potty trained. In some cases, the duration could take up to a year.
Size can be an influencing factor. For example, small breeds can have a higher metabolism and their tiny bladders will need to go more often; meaning they need to make more trips outside to answer the call of nature.
Another factor is your pup’s previous living circumstances. In some cases, you may find yourself having to break old and undesirable habits to instil better ones.
Remember that while training your pooch, there may be setbacks, but don’t let this discourage you. Stick to the program and eventually it will result in a fully and professionally house trained puppy.