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Are you expecting to get a new puppy for the holidays? Next to properly socializing your pup with other dogs and people, the most important thing you’ll do for your pet is housetraining it.

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Before you get started, consider the following:

  • Eight is the magic number: puppies should begin housetraining at 8 weeks of age.
  • Most puppies are unable to control elimination before they’re 8 weeks old. Their brains need time to develop the proper wiring and muscular control necessary to make housetraining a success.
  • At 8.5 weeks, puppies can mentally connect the potty location with the act of urinating or defecating, so this is the time to choose a location, be it lawn or pavement.
  • Since puppies develop a preference for their potty spot, teaching it first to go on newspaper may make it more difficult to get the puppy to go potty outdoors later.
  • Choose a location in the yard that will not be used for gardening, composting, or playing. This is especially important if the pup is still carrying worms or if its status has not been checked. 
  • You’ll need to clean up fecal matter immediately after the pup goes, to protect your family from puppy worms.

Remember…   

Housetraining a pet takes time; accidents will happen. Patience and persistence are key elements of training.

Don’t punish! Punishing a puppy that has an accident in the house will cause it to associate punishment with the act of elimination. This means it will be fearful to “do its business” whether indoors or out. Skip the punishment and instead focus on positive reinforcement.

Leaks happen, especially when the pup has been “holding it” for a long time. Don’t punish for leaks, since the pup has no control over this.  Pick the pup up and calmly bring it to its potty spot. Remember to praise it afterwards for a job well-done.

And did you know…

Puppies produce a lot of urine in a short amount of time, and they have small bladders – so they can’t hold urine for very long. A Yorkie’s bladder may be the size of a large grape! At this young age, pups should be taken out every one or two hours to eliminate.

Sniffing is part of the process, so let your pup sniff and explore its environment.

Coming up next:  Housetraining Your Puppy – Part 2
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Resource:  “Canine Housetraining,” by Karen Overall MA, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVB, CAAB, in DVM Newsmagazine, November 2011 edition.

This article was originally posted on Nov. 21, 2011.

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     Are you expecting to get a new puppy for the holidays?  Next to properly socializing your pup with other dogs and people, the most important thing you’ll do for your pet is housetraining it.

Before you get started, consider the following:

  • Eight is the magic number:  puppies should begin housetraining at 8 weeks of age.
  • Most puppies are unable to control elimination before they’re 8 weeks old.  Their brains need time to develop the proper wiring and muscular control necessary to make housetraining a success.
  • At 8.5 weeks, puppies can mentally connect the potty location with the act of urinating or defecating, so this is the time to choose a location, be it lawn or pavement.
  • Since puppies develop a preference for their potty spot, teaching it first to go on newspaper may make it more difficult to get the puppy to go potty outdoors later.
  • Choose a location in the yard that will not be used for gardening, composting, or playing.  This is especially important if the pup is still carrying worms or if its status has not been checked. 
  • You’ll need to clean up fecal matter immediately after the pup goes, to protect your family from puppy worms.

 Remember…   

     Housetraining a pet takes time; accidents will happen.  Patience and persistence are key elements of training.

     Don’t punish!  Punishing a puppy that has an accident in the house will cause it to associate punishment with the act of elimination.  This means it will be fearful to “do its business” whether indoors or out.  Skip the punishment and instead focus on positive reinforcement.

     Leaks happen, especially when the pup has been “holding it” for a long time.  Don’t punish for leaks, since the pup has no control over this.  Pick the pup up and calmly bring it to its potty spot.  Remember to praise it afterwards for a job well-done.

And did you know…

     Puppies produce a lot of urine in a short amount of time, and they have small bladders – so they can’t hold urine for very long.  A Yorkie’s bladder may be the size of a large grape!  At this young age, pups should be taken out every one or two hours to eliminate.

      Sniffing is part of the process, so let your pup sniff and explore its environment.

Coming up next:  Housetraining Your Puppy – Part 2
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Resource:  “Canine Housetraining,” by Karen Overall MA, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVB, CAAB, in DVM Newsmagazine, November 2011 edition.

 

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Puppies and kittens aren’t always perfect, and urine and stool accidents in the house are often the result.  Follow these tips to clean a soiled rug:

  • Remove feces and soak up urine with an absorbent towel.
  • Soak the area with club soda and let it sit for a minute, then blot with a clean, dry towel.
  • Repeat the club soda application until the odor is gone and any liquid absorbed by the towel is colorless.
  • Treat the rug pad and subfloor beneath the soiled rug.
  • Spray an odor eliminator on the affected area of the rug.  Hint:  test a hidden area of the rug or floor to make sure the spray will not damage it.
  • If your pet sniffs at the area after you’ve cleaned it, there is probably a scent remaining.  Begin the cleaning process with club soda again.

Try these odor eliminators and let us know what you think:
Odor Eliminator Candle – we use the Limited Edition Evergreen Scent.

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Coming up next week:  Housebreaking tips you can use with your new puppy.

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Tips for how to clean a rug are from DVM Newsmagazine, November 2011, page 7S.

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