It is not difficult to housebreak, but if you want to know how to housebreak your dog in seven days, you’ll need patience! If you’ve brought a puppy home, you need to know that young puppies cannot hold their urine for very long, so to make sure that you set them up for success, you’ll be taking them out often. If you’re setting your pup up to succeed, you can be seven days away from a messy floor in no time!
What you’ll need:
- Cleaning solution for accidents
- Routine. Whether you are training a puppy or an adult, you can housebreak your dog in seven days by making sure that you give your dog plenty of opportunities to do his business outside. To that end, you must take your dog outside to potty as soon as he wakes up in the morning, before and after every meal, after every play session, and after every training session. Even if your dog does not show signs of needing to potty (pacing, walking in circles), take him out every hour.
- Go together. When you take your dog out to potty, put him on a leash and go outside with him. Do not put him outside and wait for him to come back. Going outside with him ensures that you can see him potty, and you can keep him from getting distracted by sniffing or playing. Stand outside with him or walk him around a bit if need be, and wait for him to do his business.
- Repetition. The key to housebreaking your dog in seven days is repetition and patience. Remember, your dog doesn’t understand yet that peeing outside is what you want, so you need to catch the behavior and reward it for him to understand. If you’ve taken your pup out and he hasn’t done his business in five minutes, bring him back inside, and without removing the leash, wait five minutes before taking him out again. Repeat until he is able to do his business outside.
- Celebrate and reward! If you want to housebreak your dog in seven days this is a key step; as soon as he is done peeing or pooping, have an over-the-top celebration and give him a yummy treat. This shows your dog that doing his business outside is a very good thing and that he will be rewarded with yummy food and tons of affection. Most dogs are food motivated so we must use this to our advantage in training.
- Anticipate the “double-pee”! After you have rewarded your dog for going potty outside, bring him indoors, wait a few seconds, bring him back outside and repeat. Do not skip this step, as it will prevent the “double-pee”—where the dog will urinate again immediately after coming inside.
- No punishment. A very important rule to follow in order to housebreak your dog in seven days is to never punish your dog for accidents. Do not react negatively or scare your dog. Scolding, punishing, and otherwise scaring your dog is a sure-fire way to show him that it is not safe to potty in front of you, and as a result he will sneak away to pee outside your presence. Whether you come home to an accident or witness one, take your dog outside or to another room immediately and clean the area with a biological cleaning solution. Do not use regular household cleaning solutions as they will not remove the odor from the soiled area; your dog will still be able to smell the odor and think he can urinate in that spot again. Buy a product from a pet store that is specifically designed to remove urine odor.
If you want to housebreak your dog in seven days, you must be consistent, patient, and kind. Make going potty outside rewarding, and you will be able to housebreak your dog in seven days successfully. Remember to set your dog and yourself up for success!