How to potty train a puppy, a Bichon Frise puppy, may be your greatest challenge as a dog parent. Bichons are noted for being difficult puppies to house train.
Of course house breaking a puppy requires a strong commitment, patience, time and consistency. Unsuccessful puppy potty training can have you cleaning up hidden piles of poop and smelly stains on your carpet and behind your sofa.
Anyone who has ever had a child knows that toilet training isn’t always an overnight success. Your little Bichon is currently a baby, and he doesn’t know intuitively that he needs to go outside to do his business.
Bichon Frise Puppy Potty Training
Commit now to dedicate yourself fully to the process of house breaking your puppy. Bichon Frise puppies are intelligent and you need to approach potty training the right way.
Your Bichon Frise puppy will catch on quickly, especially if you give him lots of love and praise. These cute little dogs so want to make you happy!
After all, you’ve just been thrust into the role of pack leader. That means you will have to be stern sometimes, but never harsh or physical with your dog.
Bichons are sensitive, and they don’t react well to yelling, which could actually undermine your training efforts, by causing nervous peeing.
Tips for House Training a Puppy
When to start potty training a puppy – Your new puppy will probably be 6-8 weeks old when you bring her home. You should have all your puppy supplies ready when she arrives. You can start to potty train puppy on very first day. Initially house training sessions will be short times spent outdoors, after meals and before and after time spent outside her crate.
How long does it take to potty train a puppy? – Generally speaking you can anticipate potty training for puppy to last a minimum of several weeks. And, with some stubborn Bichon Frise personalities, house training a puppy can take several months.
What about crate training? – You’ll find that crate training your Bichon frise puppy is a great option. With a little gentle coaxing, your pup will begin feeling at home in his crate. Dogs naturally do not want to soil their living quarters, so he’ll learn quickly to keep his crate clean. And your dog’s crate is a safe place to leave him when you have to leave the house to run errands.
Positive reinforcement for house training – Remember that your Bichon puppy needs to go out regularly and receive praise every time she is successful. This is part of her conditioning. You and your family will have to take responsibility for keeping a consistent schedule.
Schedule to potty train a puppy – The most common times that your pup will need walking are when he first awakens, and about 15 minutes after eating or drinking. Also, if you have had a play session indoors, take your puppy outside when you are done playing.
Signs and signals – Nearly every puppy gives signs that they need to go outside. You may find that your puppy:
- Goes to the door.
- Some puppies will begin sniffing.
- Others will turn in circles
- Some just look at you with that LOOK.
- Still other puppies may whine.
- Or, your dog may bark to let you know that she needs to go out.
Pay attention to how your puppy tells you that she needs to go out. No matter what – take your dog out right away and let her try. In the beginning, this is a semi-emergency. Your puppy may not be able to wait a long time after she gives you the signal.
For the first three months of potty training a puppy, you will need to walk your dog at night. Your puppy’s digestive system simply isn’t ready to “hold it” for much more than two hours. So plan to take a little walk each night just before your puppy’s bedtime.
Commands for House Training a Puppy
You may find your puppy is having trouble connecting the dots when you are outside together. Your puppy needs to understand why you went outside.
You are the pack leader and using a command will help your puppy get the picture.
Try a verbal command and repeat it the whole time she is sniffing around the yard. Say something like “Go potty, YOUR DOG’S NAME“.
Repeat your command frequently. When your dog pees or poops, make sure you tell him that you are happy. You could say, “Good Potty, YOUR DOG’S NAME”. Make sure you sound excited, positive and happy.
This is also the time to give your dog a treat. He will quickly learn that he’ll get a treat when he goes potty.
Later you can teach your dog the command, “Poop”. He will learn exactly what you want him to do. In time, your pup will start pottying outside, on command.
Stick to Business
Going outside for business is NOT play time. Be present with your dog (but not playful), until he has either relieved himself or gotten completely distracted.
Use specific words like “pee” or “poop” to tell your dog what you expect, and redirect her back to the activity at hand. Reward positive results with lavish attention.
House training a puppy Bichon Frise does not need to be a bad experience. In fact, it can build the bond between you and your puppy, making her love and trust you even more.
If you find you’re struggling with house training a puppy, you will find helpful information on housebreaking a puppy here.