Understanding the elimination process

Puppies don't pee and poop at random. A very specific process happens inside them (and inside dogs and even humans of all ages) called the gastrocolic reflex, which is the internal mechanism that governs the elimination process. Eating triggers this reflex. The body makes room for new food by expelling the remains of old food in the colon. The result? Somewhere between 5 and 60 minutes after a puppy eats, he needs to poop. And after your puppy's tiny bladder fills up enough from drinking water, he'll need to pee also.

Every dog is different. Some puppies need to go out a lot, and others not so often. But the younger a puppy is, the more often he'll need to go. As he gets older, he'll learn to hold it longer. Your job is to know your dog's timetable.

You can figure out your puppy's timetable by taking him out every two hours during the first few weeks and watching him carefully. When you have it down, you've conquered a major housetraining hurdle. Take your puppy out on a regular schedule (see the next section), and always reward a successful bathroom effort with praise and the occasional treat; soon enough, your incorrigible little Dachshund will be fully housetrained — and sooner than you expected.

How To Housetrain Any Dog

How To Housetrain Any Dog

Fundamentals of Dog and Puppy Training. Although dogs shouldn't be attributed with having human characteristics, they are intelligent enough to be able to understand the concept of, and execute, certain actions that their owners require of them - if these actions are asked in a way that dogs find rewarding.

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