Whether you are bringing home a new puppy or an adult shelter dog, odds are you have some housetraining to do. Even if the animal rescue, dog shelter, or breeder tells you that your new dog is house trained, you are generally better off treating your dog as though they are not.
Even when you move to a new house, it is a good idea to spend a couple of days treating your dog as though they are not housetrained.
House training your dog can be one of the more frustrating things to work through, but the good news is we are here with some tips and tricks to help you out along the way.
1. Timing is everything.
When you are house training your dog, timing is your best friend. With puppies, the rule of thumb is that your puppy can hold their bladder for the same number of hours as they are months old, plus one hour. So, if your puppy is 3 months old, they should be able to hold their bladder for 4 hours. This does not mean that they absolutely will. What it means is, if you will be gone for more than 4 hours, you should provide them an approved place to go potty like a potty pad or an indoor grass patch .
When you are home, it is a good idea to start off taking your puppy out every hour. If they go to the bathroom, great! They get to relieve themselves and get to run around and play. If they don’t, that's okay, you can try again later. To your puppy, they are getting to spend more time outdoors and bonding with you. As you get to know your puppy better, you can start extending the time in between potty breaks.
Your puppy should always get an opportunity to potty before you leave, no matter how recently they’ve gone, and as soon as you get home. Your puppy should also always be given an opportunity to potty about 30 minutes after a meal. Those will be prime poop times!