Puppy House Training Setbacks and solutions
The house training (Potty Training) process is full of successes and setbacks. It is a proud moment when you think you’ve managed to house train your new puppy or dog as a dog owner. Only to encounter puppy house-training setbacks a few days, weeks or even months late. The training of your puppy has regressed, and he has started to have ‘accidents’ indoors.
Usually, this isn’t too much of a problem and is also a common problem for new dog owners, so don’t get too disheartened. Some pups get fully trained within weeks, while others take longer and may need you to start a little retraining now and then.
Are you a New Puppy Owner?
Are you also a puppy owner? Have you been looking for the major solutions to deal with the setbacks? If so, you are in the right place. Here we have listed some familiar puppy house-training problems and their possible solutions.
Puppy house-house training Setbacks 1:
Unsupervised puppy with a full bladder.
Naturally, puppies have limited control over their bladder. They don’t wait for the complete filling of the bladder to deposit the content. Due to lack of control, instead of the garden, they empty their bladder on the floor. You won’t get the time to think and ask him to follow you.
To avoid puppy house-training setbacks, you will need to keep an eye on your puppy for when his bladder fills up. Or place him somewhere where it’s difficult for him to spontaneously empty his bladder, such as a cuddle on your lap or put it him in a crate. But beware, it has been known for puppies to piddle unexpectedly.
Once the bladder is half filled, you are in danger. It would be best if you watched your dog for those subtle signals he needs to relieve himself. Unfortunately, there is no warning buzzer or little red light that indicates that is bladder is full. The only thing you can do is to closely monitor your puppy for warning signs he needs to empty his bladder.
Once your pup can take some time between pees, then you can reduce the supervision.
Puppy house-training Setbacks 2:
Lack of connection of your dog
Puppies’ training process is a challenging task. The owner must use some commands to interrupt the puppy or avoid the mess during the house-training process. So, improper training leads to a lack of connection with your dog.
To further avoid puppy house-training setbacks, make sure that you suddenly interrupt him with ‘ah, ah,’ if your puppy should accidentally pee in front of you. Instead, take him outside as soon as possible. Please don’t be harsh, yell or punish him. But you must interrupt him, and quickly take him out and then give him loads of praise when performs for you.
However, if you miss out on your dog’s accident, just clean up the area because there is no training at this point. During the house-training process, accompany your dog to his outside toileting area every time. If he potties outdoors, reward him heavily.
Puppy house-training Setbacks 3:
Your Puppy pees in front of the visitors?
When visitors come to your house, your puppy is so delighted to see your guests that he either pee in front of them or at the entrance door.
Female dogs usually pee when the doorbell rings. As they hear the doorbell, they get excited, hence urinate. In such a case, ask the guests to ignore your pup when greeting to reduce this act. Another good option is to go outdoor or to the bathroom with your dog before the visitors arrive.
Puppy House-training Setbacks 4:
You are leaving your dog for a long time between bathroom breaks.
This is the most common problem among puppies that are not confined by a crate, playpen or gate (see Amazon products below) and can move freely around the house. If your dog accidentally defecates indoors the minute you let him out of his confinement, you’re leaving him for too long between toilet breaks. If you’re allowing him to have hourly intervals and still having accidents before he reaches outside, you’ll need to reduce the time you leave him to every 30 mins.
If you are a busy person, (and who isn’t these days) you can estimate the times and plan your visits. Set a timer of 20 to 30 minutes, or whatever time you think will suit your dog. Then take him outside to his designated toilet area and encourage him to relieve himself when he does give him loads of praise and maybe a little treat or a quick 10 minutes playtime.
If you’re finding the toileting visits time-consuming, try and plan your day more productively and remember this demanding stage doesn’t last too long once you get his training right. Also, remember your dog is an individual and isn’t like anyone else’s, especially those who’s owners brag their dog was trained in a couple of days!
If you remain consistent, you’ll find that your puppy will mature and establish good habits within a month or two. That means you should watch out for the signals he’s developed to tell you he needs to ‘go’ and then put your puppy out when he asks. But be warned, make sure you still have a plan to take him out regularly, even without those signals. This is because a puppy can always have ‘accidents’ by forgetting to give out the ‘I need a pee’ sign as he may be distracted by something more appealing.
Puppy House-training Setbacks 5:
You are not following the confinement strategy.
The confinement of the dog is a key factor to successful house training. But, problems can arise if you’re unable to follow the confinement strategy and your little pet piddling in various places around the house.
Does your puppy mostly encounter accidents in his confinement area? Do you have any idea what could be the reason? Well, the confinement area might be the cause, because it’s too large an area. You will need to make some adjustments to the confinement area and make it a safe and positive place for your puppy. Here are a few suggestions:
- Never use the place for punishment.
- A place to feed and play with your puppy.
- Make sure it is warm and cosy in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Please don’t leave him there for hours on end on his own.
During your dog’s house training, you can’t keep an eye on him all the time. But you need to try and reduce his access to the rest of the house unsupervised.
Puppy House-training Setbacks 6:
You are bringing your pup onto your carpets.
When you buy a new puppy, he/she becomes part of your family. If your home is mostly carpeted, and you allow your new dog full access to your cherished carpets, then a problem could arise. Just think how your new family member feels, all comfortable and relaxed on your lovely soft carpet. The temptation for a little puppy with an equally small bladder is pee on the carpet, especially if he is unsupervised. If the ‘accident’ isn’t witnessed, it is often difficult to get rid of all the urine traces and the odour from the carpet.
If you allow your puppy to live with you in your carpeted room, you need to supervise him all the time. The best way to stop your dog from entering your carpeted places is to get a baby gate.
Do you want the company of your dog in the evening while watching a movie? Put the crate next to your sofa with some treats. Again, remember one your puppy has matured and has stopped using your floors as his toilet you’ll be able to enjoy his company without any restraints.
To avoid more puppy house-training setbacks, you must remember many dogs become house trained faster than others. If your dog is not picking up immediately, don’t panic too much. He will get it, but you might have to assist him. Moreover, you must be cautious if your pup has medical issues. Underlying medical problems also cause defecation incontinence.
Are you in doubt? Seek the medical help of your vet. He will help you to determine if there is a medical issue. If all is well at the vets and your puppy gets a clean bill of health, you’ll need to revisit your puppy’s house-training sessions.
It’s important to control your puppy’s access to the house.
Doing this will help:
- Your puppy to understand he needs to go outside to pee or poop.
- You to have access to your puppy’s subtle signals that he needs to relieve himself.
- Stop him from sneaking off to pee or poop out of sight.
Puppy House-training tips to reduce setbacks.
- Make sure you take your puppy outside through the same door every time.
- Praise your puppy and take him outside to his particular toilet area, whenever he gets even remotely close to that door.
- Be consistent in your puppy house-training to avoid setbacks. Take him out at least every 30 minutes, to begin with, and praise him when he performs for you outside.
- If your puppy does have an ‘accident’ indoors, never punish him, either physically or verbally. Punishing your puppy will only make him fear you and encourage him to hide where he pees or poops indoors! And if he is fearful of you, it’ll make bonding and training him much harder and probably be unsuccessful. So, it’s up to you to supervise your puppy and watch out for his ‘I want pee’ signals.
- To discourage your puppy from peeing in the same place indoors, use an enzymatic cleaner to clean up any messes. Enzymatic cleaners will breakdown the elements of waste, and they are the only thing that will remove the scent. The scent left using regular cleaners will often encourage ‘pee here’ signal to your dog because of his extreme sense of smell.
Now it’s all down to YOU.
The more consistent YOU are, the less puppy house-training setbacks you’ll have and the quicker your puppy will learn to go outside to pee. It takes a little bit of planning, but you can have the problem licked in no time!