Have you just adopted a puppy, or are you planning to do it, and would you like to know how long you will need to get the mop out to pick up your puppy’s needs indoors?
It is normal to ask this question because it is never a very popular time.
Today, I propose to take stock of the cleanliness of your (future) puppy: at what age can he be able to be clean, and especially how to make this happen as quickly as possible?
The average age to become clean
Firstly, it is important to point out that even if there is an average age known to all, it is actually difficult to set a precise figure because it is ultimately very variable according to each puppy and according to many factors .
Generally, it is customary to say that a puppy may be physically able to restrain himself around the age of 6 months … This is an age from which usually worries the masters if their puppy is still not clean. However, many puppies are clean before 6 months, and some are still not at the age of 10 months … In fact, it is then necessary to question what does or does not push a puppy to hold back.
To give some simple benchmarks, generally, a puppy of 2 months can hold back about 2 hours, a puppy of more than 3 months can hold back about 3 hours and a puppy of more than 8 months can hold back during a day of 8 hours in average.
This is theoretical … In practice, it depends on many criteria such as:
- his diet,
- his output rhythm,
- its environment,
- the attitude of the teachers during the training of cleanliness, etc.
If a puppy who arrives in his new foster home has already learned some notions of cleanliness in his breeding, has the opportunity to go out after every meal, naps or play sessions, is walked regularly and congratulated every time he does his needs outside: he can then be clean from the age of 3 months. On the other hand, a puppy who stays alone for long hours, who does not come out systematically after his meals or naps and / or that one roars as soon as there is a “stupidity” made on the carpet : in this case, the learning will be much longer.
As you can see, a puppy becomes clean quickly if the context in which the training of the cleanliness is set up is coherent. Everything ultimately depends on the investment provided and the methods employed.
Tips for learning cleanliness
Following this observation, recapitulate the good gestures to adopt to learn the cleanliness to his puppy:
- Take your puppy out every two hours if possible. If you are not able to do this, take it out at least after each meal, naps and play sessions (these are the three key moments your puppy will want to take care of).
- When there is uncleanliness, do not scold your puppy and never put the truffle in it. It’s normal that he can not help himself … It would not occur to you to slap a baby who did in his diaper? Well for a puppy it’s the same!
- Do not pick up in front of your puppy and do not clean with bleach. This liquid attracts animals because of its smell similar to that of urine.
- When you leave your puppy alone (day or night), reduce his space because naturally, a puppy will have trouble to do where he sleeps.
- When you take your pup in “flagrante delicto”, do not scold him, tell him firmly “no” and just go outside and if by chance he finishes what he has to do outside: reward him warmly.
- Do not be afraid of being ridiculous when you reward your dog for doing his needs outside: exaggerate your satisfaction!
- To avoid finding muddled in the morning, it is sometimes enough to get up just a little earlier to put his pup to success. Remember, usually only puppies 8 months old or older can physically hold back for 8 hours in a row.
To conclude, I would say that there is no precise age to say whether or not it is abnormal that a puppy is not yet clean. All this depends on his learning, what he experienced in his breeding, the environment that is proposed to him, his diet, the frequency of his meals, his outings, but also his own constitution ( size of the bladder for example).
Do not feel guilty if at 6 months your puppy is not yet clean, it is sometimes enough to readjust only a few details to get him to cross the cleanliness course. And above all: do not compare your puppy to that of others! This is a serious mistake that often generates drastic and inappropriate methods to hope to have the same result as with another puppy: each individual is different!
However, nothing prevents you from consulting your veterinarian or an education and dog training professional if you consider that despite all your efforts, your puppy can not hold back and continues to indulge inside … There is inevitably a solution to your “problem” … if there is a problem!
Because let’s not forget that dirty things are part of the adventure! If picking up the feces of your new companion disgusts you, maybe adopting a puppy is not the right option: head to an adult dog instead (although you still need to pick up your needs in the street…).