For some dog owners, the process of housebreaking might be simple and easy, yet many others find it both frustrating and worrying. In fact, this acquirement process should be kept enjoyable for both the owner and the puppy by paying attention mostly to the pup’s daily schedule.
What to prepare for boxer puppies potty training?
- Paying attention to the puppy’s habit and schedule for urinating and defecating. A boxer puppy—and the other breed puppies have a poor bladder control when they are still very young. Hence, they need to relieve it immediately. This is what often a problem be for the house owner since the puppy cannot hold the urge and do their “things” inside the house. To avoid this, pay attention to your boxer’s pup toilet timeline, which commonly is as follow:
- A boxer puppy will likely to urinate after waking up from their sleep—the naps and overnight sleep. Some boxer puppies might even wake up in the middle of the night crying because they need to urinate. Pay a close attention to this predictable schedule.
- A smaller puppy might defecate a half an hour post eating, while a boxer puppy—the bigger one in size might need an hour or more to get their foods digested before defecating. Although defecating schedule might vary among puppies, it is helpful to pay attention to any signs they produce after eating.
- Prepare a spot around the house of your preference, where it is safe and smells familiar to the puppy to relieve herself.
Training a boxer puppies to potty train
- Watch the clock and invite her to relieve herself when she wakes up from naps or an hour after eating.
- Bring her to the prepared spot or simply invite her to the garden or outdoor space you expect her to use as a relieving space.
- First in the morning, bring the boxer puppy outside to the same place. Remain consistent so that the puppy gets the message.
- If you cannot do the habit in the morning, reschedule it to the afternoon. As long as you are consistent, the boxer puppy should get the message that she is expected to eliminate outside.
- Give her a chance of getting to know the space and give her the time to relieve herself.
- Avoid any conversation or loud command to instruct her to eliminate. This will stress her out, making the entire training even harder and frustrating.
- If your puppy manages to go outside and eliminate outside, reward the good behavior by giving her a pat, a treat, or simply a verbal celebration. This will let her know that the expected behavior has been full filled.
- Repeat this training several times a day, in the morning after an overnight sleep, every time a day after she wakes up from the naps, the time after she eats, and the time before going to bed. Use the same spot and train her to be familiar with the place without having to produce such a loud potty instruction.
- Boxers are intelligent. Hence, potty training should be applicable to them in a quite short period. Keep assertive and consistent in potty training the boxer puppy to make sure the goal is reached with too much-spent energy for you and the puppy.
What if there are accidents?
Many dog owners assume a potty training to be too difficult and time-consuming. In fact, there will definitely some accidents before your puppy fully understands about your expectation of a proper potty training. Put in mind that this is natural and should never make you push yourself too hard. To face the accidents:
- Do not punish—even worse, hit your puppy because of the accidents. This will cause her to be submissive and insecure.
- When an accident happens, show it to her and simply carry her to the spot where you expect her to eliminate.
- Do this every time accidents happen without involving physical punishments.
- When the boxer pup tries to correct the mistake—going to the expected spot after accidents, compliment her and let her know that the effort is appreciated.
- Repeat it consistently until the pup understands the potty training well.