1. Setup a daily schedule including designated times for feeding, play time, crate time and outside time.
2. Write it down. Monitor your puppy’s meals, pees, poops, naps and playtime using a housebreaking chart to track your furry child’s progress.
3. Water portioning is a smart choice. A puppy should have at least six opportunities to drink water from the morning up until three hours before the last walk in the evening. Water or food should not be left down for free consumption rather scheduled feedings should take place throughout the day before walks.
4. A crate is one of the best housebreaking training tools. The size of the crate should be approximately 1.5x the length of the dog, excluding the tail. Pooch Pals recommends an adjustable crate with a partition that can be adjusted as your dog grows in size. The placement of the crate should be in a quiet space away from outside stimuli with a blanket or towel draped over it.
5. The scent of urine stimulates elimination. Place a soiled pad down on the sidewalk in a quiet area and wait at least five minutes.
6. Be patient. The city is an overwhelming place for a puppy. Avoid interrupting your puppy with chatter, physical attention or eye contact.
7. Relax your puppy’s bladder. It’s not uncommon for puppies or newly adopted dogs to be overwhelmed or anxious outside since it’s a new environment. If your puppy is apprehensive to eliminate outside walk back into your building, wait ten seconds then immediately pickup your puppy and carry them outside to their favorite pee/poop spot.
8. Cleaning up properly. Urine cleaners like Natures Miracle contain enzymes that need time to breakdown the urine on a molecular level. It’s important to first wipe up the urine. Then, spray the urine cleaner on/around the affected area and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before wiping it up.
9. Reinforcing the right behavior. Whenever your puppy eliminates in an approved location, say a wee-wee pad or outside your home on a walk, be sure to reinforce this behavior with a high value treat and praise.
10. Supervision. During housebreaking training, your puppy should always be supervised or confined to a smaller gated area when outside the crate. Consider purchasing a bright colored leash and tether your puppy to a stationary object or hook the leash to your belt loop.