The only moment you start yelling at your puppy are probably like when it turns the carpet you just bought for your living room into its restroom. Well, you should know screaming at your dog will never to the trick, but training, and especially home training will.
Puppies are like kids, they have no idea where to go and what to do, so it is your job to teach them. The more perseverance you show in following the basic procedures of the home training you show, the faster your dog will learn proper behavior. Weeks can go by until you have managed to do it, and will small breeds it can take even longer but the results are worth waiting.
A six months old puppy cannot control its bladder for longer than two hours. So if you must leave the house for more than three or four hours a day, maybe you should think twice before adopting a puppy. You must not give your puppy the chance to get all your home dirty; watch the dog all the time. For a puppy, you would have to pay attention to its need every two or three hours, after every meal and after the puppy has finished playing.
Here are some things you can do:
Check the signs that show you that the dog must eliminate, like when the dog circles around or uses speed to move around. When you do see these signs, put the leash on the dog as soon as possible and get the dog out, or get the dog to the special place you created for that particular purpose. If the dog complies and does his thing at that special place, reward the dog.
Praise the dog every time it takes his need outside, right after the dog finished, not when the dog is back inside. This is an important exercise the dog will do and will know what to expect if it does.
- choose a special place and always take the dog to that particular place, using a leash. Take the dog out for a long walk or allow the dog to play only after it has eliminated.
- if you have to clean the “accidents” that happened in your home, get the rags or the toilet papers you used and leave them in the bathroom, where the dog must defecate in case of emergency. The sense of smell will help the dog identify the area as the right place for that sort of activities.
- while the dog takes his time for his needs, use specific words, easy to remember, that you can repeat when you take him to the place where the dog should be taking care of his needs, in order to remind it of what exactly it has to do over there.