Do you happen to have a puppy at home but you can’t always attend to it because of your job?
Are you worried that you don’t have the time to train them properly the way you want them to be?
If so, then this article is the right one to read.
Working a full-time job can be very exhausting and stressful, all the more with a puppy at home.
It might be not easy to attend to your puppy and train them.
No need to worry because you can always allot a few hours of your every day for your puppy training.
However, the trick here is how to put your dog’s mentality into it.
Although dog training can be time-consuming and it needs hours for your dog to fully get a command, it can still be done even if you are working full-time.
The trick? Here are just some of the few.
How to begin the training?
Getting started is the most crucial part of the whole training session.
For starters, you may want to take a week off from work if you can to get into training your pup.
If you can’t, it’s still okay, but you have to allocate a time frame for when you and your dog can train.
It is best to train your dog while still young, especially when it’s still in its first few days in your household.
You can start with a few exercises such as leg up on the crate and housebreaking training.
These two training activities come hand in hand, and you will know that in the latter part of this article.
It is highly recommended to have your dog house trained regularly, but since you have working hours and schedules to follow, this training can be a little difficult.
However, some alternatives can be done for that, and it will be discussed later on.
How often should I take my puppy to “do their business” outside?
If you want to bring them out to do their business, you can take off their leash and let them out for at least 30 minutes outside.
You can take them out in your backyard, or just within the premises of your home.
You can train them to do the activity regularly by talking to them in a firm voice.
Once they have done a job well done, give them praise, and say “good job, pal.”
Keep in mind that dogs are like kids as well, and when they do something right, they also need recognition for it.
That way, they will know that what they did was right.
As a responsible dog owner, you have to clean their dog droppings once they are done.
You can also increase the time of bathroom outings when you are at home so they can go out for a couple more hours.
Should I limit my dog’s water at night?
During the day, leave your dog a small bowl of water for them to drink if ever they feel dehydrated.
Since they have a limited amount of water to drink, they will only have fewer visits to the bathroom.
However, when you get home, make sure to give them plenty of water to drink.
Aside from water, you should also limit the treats you give your puppy at night or before you go to bed.
Giving them treats before bedtime will make your dog have frequent trips to the bathroom.
Or worse, he could poop in his bed.
Bigger dogs can hold their bowel and pee up to 10 hours, while smaller dogs can only keep it for 4 hours.
If ever you will be out of the house longer than the time they can hold it, make sure to find someone who can take them out to poop or pee.
You can hire a dog walker during the day or late afternoon and charge them with a small fee.
You can get them a small pad for them to use.
Pads also make it easier for you to throw the waste out when you get home.
How can I crate train my dog?
It’s easy to train your dog to stay in the crate.
In the morning, before you leave the house, you can put them in a properly-sized crate for them to stay in during the day and sleep in during the night.
The crate should be appropriate for your dog’s size.
It should have enough room for them to move around, but not too big for them to make a bathroom space in it.
Dogs are one of the cleanest types of animals.
They make sure they can’t soil the space where they live.
If the crate is too big for your dog, they will use one corner for their bathroom that is far from where they are laying.
When dogs try to get out of the crate, they make loud barks for you to hear and make you feel guilty for putting them there. However, this habit can be trained.
You can train them by waiting for about 10 seconds to be quiet.
Once they’re calm, let them out. Give them small praises and say “good quiet,” and your dog will like it.
After a short time, get them back in. If they cry again, wait for 20 seconds and do the same thing.
Keep doubling the amount of waiting time until your dog no longer cries to get out.
You can do crate training in different sessions and set more advanced goals from time to time. You can do a minute for the first session and then three minutes on the next.
By the end of the training, you should be able to put your dog in his crate without hassle.
This training is important to do just in case there are emergencies and or if you want to look after them constantly.
Another tip when training your dog is never to use a shock collar.
You should also not yell at your dog whenever it doesn’t get the training.
Yelling will only cause nuisance, and your dog will perceive it as you want them to create noise, which will be counterproductive.