House Breaking Tips
First, decide whether you would like for him/her to eventually go outside or inside on paper, and then direct all your efforts toward the method of your choice. Combining methods only confuses the puppy and actually prolongs the training period
Always, be consistent and persistent. Hard work and attention to details early in the process ultimately makes it quicker and easier.
Try to anticipate when your puppy is likely to need to relieve himself. Expect puppies to have to “potty” shortly after 1) Eating, 2) Sleeping, and 3) Vigorous Activity. Also make it a point to always watch for the telltale signs of sniffing and circling
Clean soiled areas as soon as possible. Do not use ammonia containing cleaners; they may mimic the smell of urine. You can use odor removers if necessary, some do work.
Always go to the same area outside each time, especially when just beginning. Also it may help initially to actually place some of the puppy’s feces in the area to begin with so as to mark it with his/her odor. It will also help to take your puppy to the same spot each time to start with. This way they identify that this is their designated “potty” area.
Until he/she begins to get the hang of housebreaking, it is best to only stay outside for several minutes. If he hasn’t gone in this short period, take your puppy back inside, but still being prepared to turn around and immediately go back outside if he/she indicates that they may be about to “potty” inside. You are trying to teach your puppy that outside is for “potty business” for now and play can come later after he has learned housetraining lessons. Again, reward him/her for proper behavior!!! *Note- Rewards may be a treat or simply praising your pet*
Crate Training- Confining your puppy to a small area (no larger than a comfortable sleeping area) in a wire or plastic carrier or kennel. This taps into your puppy’s natural instinct not to soil his/her area and bedding. Not always will they be able to hold it but for the most part they will be less likely to soil their personal area. This essentially forces the puppy to hold it as long as possible and hopefully provide you the opportunity to take him/her directly outside and he will quickly relieve himself. Then you can reward your puppy for his/her positive behavior.
Puppies should be able to hold their bladders for one hour more than their age in months. So a puppy that is 2 months old should be able to hold his bladder for 3 hours and so on. This is a basic guideline and so some puppies will be able to go longer and some shorter. These tips should help, but it still requires patience and perseverance. Please be consistent in your training and your puppy will be more consistent in learning.