Feeding and Housetraining

The feeding schedule you use can help or hinder housetraining. You’ll soon notice that puppies will need to go outside immediately after they wake and also within 30 to 40 minutes after eating. Be consistent when and what you feed the animal so you can predict when they need to relieve themselves. Plan your trips outside around these patterns.

All of this may seem simple and it really is. The keys are that it will take time and you must be consistent. And, of course, you must never lose your temper or even get excited.

Spontaneous or Submissive Urination

Puppies may spontaneously urinate when excited. This may be when they first see you, at meeting a new dog or when they are scared. It is often referred to as submissive or excitement urination. Do not discipline the puppy for this, as it is something they cannot control. Simply ignore it and clean up the mess. If you don’t overreact, they will usually outgrow this between 4 and 7 months of age.

A 6 week old puppy can be introduced to some basic rules of living with you.

Physically remove the puppy from dangerous situations or places where he shoudn’t go to. Reward him with cuddling and praising rather than food.

Clapping hands to encourage puppy to approach you for cuddling and warmth as well as following you can be done individually away from litter mates. Try to avoid excessive noises and other sudden changes.