One reason people find it difficult to house break a puppy is that the puppy has absolutely no idea what the owner is trying to teach. And, many times, the owner’s expectation of the puppy is beyond what the puppy is capable of at that certain age.
This communication gap is never more painfully obvious than in house breaking a puppy. It can be a very frustrating process. It doesn’t have to be, but sometimes there are those puppies that are difficult to house break. Many people will say, “I’m doing all the right things” or, “I’ve read a whole stack of books” and the bottom line we keep getting back to with some puppies is, “House breaking this puppy” is difficult – or at least so it seems.
There are many factors that impact house breaking a puppy. None of them can be viewed separately as they all work together. One component most puppy owners do not consider is the impact that nutrition has on house breaking a puppy. What kind of food, how much and how it’s prepared can heavily impact how quickly you can house break a puppy.
1. Step one is to feed a high premium, nutritionally balanced diet to your new puppy.
Tip: Inexpensive dog food is chocked full of artificial preservatives, dyes, bad fat and low grade carbohydrates used as fillers. You can not purchase high quality dog or puppy food in a grocery store or a big box store. They don’t carry high quality foods.
Tip: Keep your new puppy on the breeder’s food for at least 4 days once home. Any change in diet should be done gradually to prevent digestive problems and any related house training issues.
Tip: When you are ready to begin switching to your high quality food, begin using this formula: day one – 3/4 old food, 1/4 new food; day 2 – 1/2 old food, 1/2 new food; day three – 1/4 old food, 3/4 new food and finally on day four – all new high quality food. If at any point your puppy develops a soft stool, simply go back to the previous day’s formula until you get a firm stool.
2. How much you feed is important. Many people over feed their puppies and in fact, leave the food bowl down all the time so that the puppy can free feed.
Tip: The quantity they tell you to feed on the bag of food is not set in stone. Be flexible and adjust to your puppy’s appetite and weight. Too much food and you will have a puppy with loose stools.
Tip: Puppies have a very difficult time or simply can not control loose stools resulting in accidents for which they should not be blamed.
3. Developing a regular and consistent feeding schedule is important.
Tip: Keeping your puppy’s feeding schedule consistent on weekends as you do on week days is critical.
Once you have the diet correct, there are other components you will need to put into your house breaking routine. These include:
• How to be proactive in teaching your puppy to be house broken instead of being reactive.
• Understanding the importance of the crate in house breaking your puppy
• Teaching your new puppy where not to go is the final part that completes the process.
Remember that throughout this process avoid any and all punishment of your new puppy. A great resource for learning and understanding not only how to house break your puppy but to set your puppy up to be successful in becoming a great member of your family can be found at our: Nose To Tail Puppy Training DVD