Starting the Exhaust Routine Outside the Apartment
1. Frequently take your puppy out.
The puppy (8 weeks old) needs to be given a chance to get out every 20 minutes if you want to improve his ability to urinate outside the apartment/house. Older puppies still urinate frequently, because they have not been able to hold urine in the bladder for more than an hour or two. To avoid pissing haphazardly, take your puppy out every hour. Thus, your puppy will learn to associate going out with a bowel movement.
- The more you know your puppy, you will be able to notice the typical signs if the puppy wants to relieve himself. When you see the signs, immediately bring them out.
- During the training of your puppy in the apartment, it is very important that you are always there to meet the need to defecate at any time. If you leave him alone in the apartment all day, this will make him confused when you want to pee. If you can not be with him all day, ask your friend for help with the puppy.
2. Feed your puppy at the same time every day.
This will help develop the routine while developing your sensitivity to predict when the dog needs to be taken out. Depending on the type/race of your puppy and his needs, feed the puppy several times a day. Take your puppy out of the apartment after meals and after drinking plenty of water.
3. Choose a specific place that you can make "toilet" for your puppy.
Taking him to the same place each day will help him remember what he should do. Living in an apartment does make it difficult to take him to the nearest park immediately. However, provide a patch of grass close to the entrance of your apartment, so that your puppy does not need to waste water at random.
- Be sure to follow the rules that apply to your location in case of removing dog poop. Pick up your puppy's shit by using a plastic bag, then dispose of it according to the rules.
- Dog urine is not always good for flowers, so look for a public park that is not heavily guarded by park supervisors. You will probably find warning signs prohibiting dog owners from entering in some places, as these are common warning signs near apartment buildings!
4. Use certain commands to help your puppy associate the venue with a bowel movement.
Say commands like "pee" and "pup" when you drive them to that place. Use your words to strengthen the understanding and association in your pup's mind with the activities to be done in that place. Make sure you do not use the word inside the house and use that word in the "toilet only".
5. Give your puppy a wage when the puppy manages to defecate outside.
The best way to train your pup is to encourage good behavior and get rid of possible bad behavior. When the puppy pits outside, give praise and snacks to him, so your puppy wants to do it again. Say "good" or "smart" in a loving tone and hug your puppy. You can also give him a snack whenever your puppy does his bowel movements properly.
- In order for a positive-faith training strategy to work effectively, the key is to be consistent. This means that whenever your puppy pits outside, you should praise him/her. This is especially important during the first few months when the puppy is still learning about the correct behavior.
Starting the Exhaust Routine in the Apartment
1. Limit your puppy from certain areas of the apartment.
You can limit the kitchen area with a special fence of children or a special fence dog. This needs to be done for several months, as keeping your puppy in one area helps you to watch it so you can take it out immediately as the puppy shows signs of wanting to relieve himself. If given too much freedom, the puppy will immediately urinate before you could take him out.
- Your puppy may be allowed throughout the apartment area after learning to show you signs when he needs to be taken out, usually, the puppy will approach or look at the exit. You will also know that the puppy is ready to be allowed in all parts of the apartment if the puppy is successful not to (or very rarely) urinate indiscriminately in the apartment.
2. Consider providing a special "toilet" for your puppy in an apartment room.
If your apartment is on a high floor in a building, it may be difficult to get her out just in time to have a bowel movement. If you have a small dog that has not been able to resist the urge to urinate, you may consider paper training for him, rather than taking him out at any time. Prepare a specific area in the room with a used newspaper or a special toilet seat for a bowel exercise, which you can buy at a pet store. Use the same exercise method you did for your outside toilet training, and take your puppy to the newspaper area whenever the puppy needs to relieve himself. Give reward if your puppy does it right.
- You can also use the grass box as a toilet. Fill the plastic container with grass or soil, and place it on the newspaper.
- When you clean up the messy mess from your puppy's litter incident, you can put the dirty tissue or cloth in the toilet area so the puppy can associate the smell of the dirt with the toilet area.
3. Put your pup in the cage at night and while you are away.
Puppy usually likes to be in small and comfortable cages, because this kind of cage makes him feel safe and awake. Therefore, you should not use the cage as a form of punishment for him (since the cage should be a safe place for him). Puppies do not like to pollute where they live, so be sure to take your puppy out in order to completely defecate before you put it in the cage.
- Puppies can sleep for about four hours before feeling the need to relieve themselves. However, a very small puppy may bark when awakened, and you can put a duster inside the cage just in case because the puppy might just piss off.
- If you hear a puppy barking inside the cage, take the puppy out for a bowl and place him back in the cage. Make sure that you give him a wage after the puppy finishes doing it.
4. Clean the dirt of the former wastewater at random immediately.
If your puppy pits indiscriminately inside or outside of the cage in the apartment, make sure that you clean the marks immediately and spray sanitation in the "accident," so that the puppy will no longer smell the dirt. If an area smells of feces, the dog's instinct will make it want to urinate in the same area again.
5. Do not snap your puppy for littering.
The puppy can not respond well to negative orders, and such an order will only scare him. If your puppy pits haphazardly in the apartment, take the puppy directly to the toilet area. Once the puppy has completed it in the right place, give it a wage before you bring it back.
- Do not yell at or hit your puppy when you see him pissing haphazardly. You will only scare you, and that fear will not help him learn to defecate in the right place.
- If you find dirt in your apartment after your puppy pits haphazardly, never rub his nose/muzzle into the dirt or attempt to discipline himself. It will not work and it will only confuse him. Just clean the dirt and keep practicing your puppy by taking it out more often.
- When cleaning the dirt, use a special spray neutralizing the smell of vinegar, so that the smell is lost. Do not use any product that contains ammonia, because ammonia has a urine-like smell, and this will make it go to that area again for a toilet. You certainly do not want this kind of thing to happen.
- Do not get angry and hit your dog. Do not give wages to bad behavior, but give wages for good behavior.
- Stay consistent. If you change the practice of newsprint into a regular home exercise in the middle of the training process, it will make your puppy confused, and more difficult to understand. Do the same training consistently, to make it easier for puppies to understand.