We have all experienced it at one point as pet owners; the need to house train our pets. It seems pretty easy right? You take the dog outside, it uses the bathroom. Unfortunately what we sometimes do not realize is the our beloved pets are like our children, each different and unique, each learn at their own pace, and each require different amounts of time and patience.
One of the most important things to consider when you want to start house training is your dog’s diet. If you’ve been following the last few month’s we took the Iams Visible Difference challenge and have been sharing the differences that we’ve seen in our dog Lanee since switching to Iams quality dog food. We have seen such a difference in her appearance and routine. Before Lanee’s coat was dry, and coarse and we were victims of the revolving door of eat, and the need to use the bathroom. We missed valuable time with our pet due to her constant need to go outside and her loss of energy. Since switching to Iams, we have gotten our dog back! The once missed energy has returned and given us back our dog who is so full of life, her coat is shiny and soft just as we remembered it and the need to constantly use the bathroom outside has been cut in half.
You can check out the Iams Visible Differences program and make the switch like we did!
Once you have your dog on a good diet there are a few important things to remember. It typically takes an estimated 4-6 months to fully house trained. We also need to remember that the size of our pets are a predictor of how often they will have to go outside. If your dog is a small breed, their bladder is also smaller thus meaning they will need to be let outside more frequently. The recommended guidelines to begin house training a pet is around 12-16 weeks when they have better control of their bladder.
4 Tips To House Train Every Dog
1. Routine – Keep your puppy on a regular feeding routine and remove the food dish between meals.
2. Consistency – Take your puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Also always take him outside after meals, as soon as he awakens from a nap, and always before leaving the puppy alone for any amount of time. Take the puppy to the same spot each time to use the bathroom. He will smell his scent prompting him to use the bathroom in that area.
3. Patience – Staying outside a little longer with your pet may help to curb accidents. Remember it may take up to a year to fully house train your dog, depending on previous environment and understanding.
Remember when switching your dogs food to follow your Vets safety rules. We gradually changed the proportions until she was just eating Iams.
Have you house trained your dog? Share your favorite tips in the comments!