When it comes to pets, accidents happen and this means preventing them from happening in your new home. Moving is stressful enough, but when you first move in, bringing in a pet can add to this stress. Don’t let this happen to you. By using some helpful tips, you can make sure your pet learns to have good behavior in the new home as well as where it should use the bathroom so it can stop mistaking that lovely carpet in the living room for grass.
Tips for House Breaking a Pet
There are many tips for housebreaking your pet, but with so many to try, how do you really know which ones are going to work? This is something that no one can answer for you since every pet and pet owner is different. You must go through the trial and error process to find out which one is the best to go with. Depending on your pet, they should get the hang of where to go after the first couple of weeks.
1. Use a crate!
This might be hard for pet owners to do if they are used to having their pet out at night or if the pet sleeps with them in their beds. However, crate training has been shown to provide positive reinforcement, while also being a safe-haven for your pet. It can also drastically cut down on accidents around the house.
2. Use an outdoor schedule to your advantage.
When it comes to potty time, you must stick to your guns, so to speak. Make sure to bring the pup out every two hours and show them where they go. This will get them familiar with where and when they’re able to go to the bathroom. You want to also make sure that the time between potty breaks expands a bit as time goes on.
3. Set up a doggy door and show them where it is!
This may seem a bit lazy but if you have the option to do this with a backyard that has a fence, then it is strongly encouraged that you do so. You can let them find out how much fun they can have and how they can go to the bathroom without having to come to you with the leash every time. This is great for those that work long hours and want to make sure their pet gets enough exercise as well as has a viable way to get out of the house and use the bathroom.
4. Use praise by rewarding them every time they go to the bathroom where you want them too.
This is a cause and effect method. It will teach them that they’re supposed to use the bathroom outside, and not inside the house. If they go where they are supposed to go, then they get a treat! However, it is recommended that you reward them no more than three-seconds after they’ve gone to the bathroom. This way, they know what they’re being praised for.
5. Consistency is crucial to this process!
If you slip up and forget to do something, or don’t let them out within a certain time frame, they’ll likely have an accident in the house. You need to make sure that whether you are using one, or even more than one of these tips, you stick to them so the pet will know what to do and what to expect when they do the right thing.
Since it is a new house you need to make sure you give them time to become familiar with their surroundings. You can then take them where they’re supposed to go on their leash. You want to show them every aspect of the new house so they can find out which spots are meant for what.
Once the movers have everything moved into your new home you will have plenty of time to sit back and relax while also taking time to enjoy the benefits of having a pet. Use these tips to make life just a bit easier and prevent unwanted messes from happening in your new home. After a while, your pet should have no problem using the bathroom where you intend them to go. Teaching your pet from day one at the new home is going to help you fully enjoy the new surroundings and will also be a great way to get your pet acclimated to their new surroundings.