Puppies are cute and oh so cuddly. It is extremely easy to pamper them and this will turn them into brats when they grow up. Things that puppies do might seem endearing when they are young. However, the same things might become annoying when they grow up. Therefore, it is extremely important to get your puppy used to a routine.
As soon as your pup gets up in the morning, you should take him outside to do his business. You can make use of verbal cues like “hurry hurry” or “go do potty.” You can make use of treats and praises for rewarding him when he does his business outside. This will definitely encourage him to keep up this behavior. Make sure that you are taking your puppy for a walk only after he has done his business. If the puppy is a two months old, don’t walk the pup for more than ten minutes. This helps in ensuring the pup’s bones and joints are growing well and without any added strain. Once you are done with the walk, it’s time for the pup to have his breakfast. After breakfast, take the pup for a walk again. Before leaving to work, you should take the puppy for a walk again.
Puppies are capable of holding their bladders for up to one hour per month of their age. If you work from home, then you can take your pup out in the afternoon. However, if you work away from home, then you will need to make necessary arrangements. The pup will need to be taken out for a walk at least twice in the afternoon as well. If you keep your pup in a crate and the crate is away from the door, then carry your pup out during the first few weeks. You will have to give your puppy lunch in the afternoon. Pups need to eat at least three times a day until they are six months old and then twice a day. Consult your veterinarian for the suitable feeding schedule.
This is the best time for you to bond with and train your puppy. As soon as you get home, take your puppy out of the crate and take him for a walk. Let your puppy do his business. Take your puppy out for a while. Take him to a park, a sports field or anywhere where he will get to meet and interact with different people. He will need to explore and get used to a variety of surroundings. Avoid places where there might be too many dogs until your puppy has had all his 16-week vaccinations. Encourage your pup to interact with other healthy dogs. Spend time with the pup in the evening and teach him a few good manners and commands. Teach your puppy basic commands like sit, heel, down, come and drop. Make sure that each session isn’t more than 10 minutes since the attention span of a puppy is quite short. Make use of his kibble or treats for rewarding him.
The last thing that you will need to do before you go off to bed would be to take your puppy out for doing potty. Whether your puppy gets to sleep in his crate or with you is your call. If your puppy is sleeping beside you, then make sure that you close the door or that you are using a baby gate. Puppies are quite curious and you don’t want him going off alone into the night to explore. The results are often undesirable. Puppy-proof your house. In fact, this should have been done prior to puppy arriving!
Water and Housebreaking
You will need to provide your puppy with fresh and clean drinking water while you are housetraining him. Your puppy needs to get a cup of water per 8 pounds of his body weight. Controlling your puppy’s water intake would mean that you can control his output as well. However, restricting the amount of water might make your pup drink too much when he does have access to water. Give your puppy half a cup of water at least 20 minutes before you put him in his crate. Don’t give your puppy any water an hour prior to his bedtime. Your puppy will need to go out for potty as soon as he wakes up, after he plays, after eating and drinking, and also after every 10 minutes of being taken out of his crate.