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Getting the dog housebroken: This way you avoid mishaps


Getting a dog housebroken is a real challenge for any owner. With a good dose of understanding, patience and the necessary tips, this can also be managed. Image: Shutterstock / robertopalace

The practical training of your dog begins with the puppy age. Right from the start, your little darling should learn where to do its daily business. It is best to use the stamping phase of your four-legged friend up to the 20th week of life to get your dog housebroken. Then he is particularly capable of learning and any parenting mistakes are easier to undo.

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Kittens usually learn from their mom how to use the litter box. Dog puppies, on the other hand, have to learn from their people that they are not allowed to do their business in the apartment, but outside. Be patient at first with the little one - it takes a while for him to understand what you want from him. Basically, it is best to praise and reward your puppy for doing something right, rather than punishing him for accidental mishaps. The principle is called positive reinforcement and it takes time, consistency and attention to your dog. You do not run the risk of unsettling or frightening your four-legged friend, which in turn could lead to behavior problems - for example, uncleanliness.

If possible, take him outside immediately after waking up, eating, and while playing. You can quickly tell that your little one has to by his behavior. Your four-legged friend will conspicuously turn in a circle and sniff the ground with his nose. You can also use the following rules of thumb to guide you as to when your dog child must loosen up:

● Under three months: Your puppy has to go to the toilet every two hours
● Three to four months old: Your puppy has to go outside about every three hours
● Five to six months old: It happens approximately every four hours

Tip: In the beginning, it is still advisable that you carry the little guy outside when his bladder is full. You can later let your animal partner run after you. This way, he can memorize the way in case of an emergency. As soon as it has loosened itself outside, praise it profusely and reward it with a treat if necessary. Over time, he'll learn what you want him to do with regular exits and that it's worth doing his business outside.

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If it does not work with the housekeeping

If your puppy does experience a little mishap in the apartment, point it out with a sharp "Pooh" or "No" to indicate that this is undesirable and carry it out immediately. However, this only makes sense if it happens immediately after the misfortune, since a four-legged friend only understands a reprimand in connection with its misconduct.

Never push your animal companion into the puddle he left behind. He would not understand the connection and would react unsettled, scared or even disturbed. Easily eliminate the business and spray the area with a room spray or water-vinegar mixture. Dogs loathe such smells and avoid this place in the future. Especially because there are no more "scents" there that would normally attract and tempt you again.

In addition, it makes sense to let your puppy sleep in a playpen or a large box in the beginning until your dog is house-trained. Line the floor around his sleeping area with so-called puppy pads - these are absorbent pads that prevent your floor from being damaged if your puppy doesn't make it out in time. After all, he is already learning that he shouldn't be able to relieve himself anywhere in the apartment. If he gradually understands that he should only come off the four walls at home, you can gradually reduce the pads.

You can find more tips on this topic in our guide "Dog will not be house trained: What to do?"