The most often asked question by new Husky puppy owners is: How do I potty train my Husky? He just pees everywhere!
So you just got your Husky puppy. Fear not! Potty training can sometimes be a frustrating process or a pesky problem to deal with. All you need is a plan, and some good tips & advice on what to do and when. So let’s talk about potty training!
What you’ll need to successfully potty train your Husky
Setting up for success means proper planning. So here’s what you’ll need for as little fuss as possible when accidents happen, or you’re training your puppy.
- Patience. This is not done overnight, and it might be frustrating to see no or little progress each time.
- A positive attitude and an observing eye. You probably just got your Husky puppy. The most important thing you can do right now is to keep an eye on him, so he does not pick up bad habits.
- Time. This is going to take some time, and probably for the first month or two, you will need to dedicate some time for certain actions (read below)
- A designated potty area. Your pick, be wise – he’s going to get bigger and bigger, and you don’t want big logs on your front yard.
- Some paper towels for removing the mess.
- A specialized pet mess cleaner or just some good universal floor cleaner. Just make sure it does not contain ammonia.
- An easy-to-fill spray bottle (in an empty window washing container or something) with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part cleaning solution. You’ll use this to discourage him from making his needs in that spot.
- Of course, some delicious high-value treats! Pick something low in calories, healthy, or why not, some fruits! Bits of cheese will also do the trick.
The Husky puppy bladder and a potty schedule
Most of the times you can expect your Siberian Husky puppy to be able to hold his bladders in as many hours as his age plus one.
This means that if your puppy is 3 months old, he’ll probably be able to hold it about 4 hours tops.
So when do puppies usually need to poop or pee?
Of course, it’s not an exact science, but usually, you can follow the below patterns. Be on the lookout for these activities and times, and you’ll surely figure out when your pup needs to do his business.
- Within 15 to 20 minutes after eating or drinking, they usually need to pee or poop;
- After a lot of play and or excitement, they need to poop/pee;
- When they wake up after a nap, they will most surely need to go;
So what now?
When these events occur, it’s a good time to take him out. Just finished eating? Let’s go out and walk, play or discover the yard. Be near the designated potty area. And so on.
And repeat. I told you it would eat some of your time.
Creating a schedule for him to go outside and near or at the potty place in his early days will set a pattern in his mind. We want this.
So he went potty outside or at the potty place. What to do?
Praise him right after he’s finished doing the work. You can also sometimes give him a treat when this occurs.
The best way to teach a Husky something is through positive reinforcement. He’ll quickly learn that he’s a good boy. After a while, you can start holding back on the treats and just praise him – but only after some consecutive days of going outside like a good boy.
An accident just happened inside the house What now?
DO NOT yell at your puppy or show signs of frustration or excitement. Your Husky is learning something new, and negative emotions will hinder the process.
Also, you don’t want him to do it just to get your attention in the future, do you?
After he’s done, take him to the designated spot. Maybe the scent of his past waste will make him go again. Calmly show and tell him what you want him to do over there.
When returning at the ‘crime scene’, follow these steps:
- Remove as much of the mess as possible using paper towels and dispose of them.
- Abundantly spray or put some specialized pet mess cleaner or a cleaning solution on the place, let it soak for a couple of seconds to 1 minute.
- Wipe the excess solution and let the floor air dry.
- Spray the 3 part vinegar and one-part cleaning solution on the spot. Vinegar will keep him from wanting to eliminate on that spot again.
Yes, your house might smell like a salad with vinegar for a couple of days. It’s worth it! Once your pup is trained, you’ll have a great time together!
Keep in mind that he’s young. Accidents will happen, especially during the first few weeks. Apart from being a new thing he has to learn, he’s probably accommodating with your home.
How to handle your Husky overnight when potty training?
This is the hardest part. Or it always was for me.
You must be prepared to take him out at least once at night. He will need to pee or poop if he’s just 3 to 5 months old. What I like to do is this:
- After his last meal of the day, make sure he poops and pees outside.
- Stay up later than usual. I usually stay up until midnight, or even 1 am when needed. He’s probably napping, so you want to catch him between night naps. As soon as he wakes up or he has had a 3 to 4 hours nap, take him to the potty place. Then you can go to sleep.
- A great plan if you can do it is to wake up ar about 5 or 6 am. He will most likely wake up, and you know what you have to do.
- His crate or designated sleeping place is near the bed in the first weeks, so you can hopefully hear him if he wakes up. A semi-opened door that squeals or trips something does wonder! Huskies usually do not pee where they sleep – they got this from their mother. So if you can make sure he makes some noises you can get up and direct him towards the right place to go potty.
This way, you will actually need to wake up just once a night. It’s hard, but thankfully it does not last forever.
Oh, and another tip: try not to excite him too much in the night. The cool air will wake him up in a second and you might find yourself in the middle of a 1 am playing session when you just want to go to bed.
Final thoughts – follow this
If you follow all the above tips and tricks for at least 7 days, you’ll find yourself with a puppy that happily goes out to potty. And your home can then stop smelling like a salad.
But keep at it! Persistence is key! Just because he went potty in the right place for a couple of days does not mean the praise needs to stop and you’re done. You want to make sure to support his great new habit for the following months. Of course, not as much as in the first week or weeks, but it’s still needed.
A small note would be that it is vital that you, as an owner, to do the initial training. The leader of the pack must teach the fresh recruits. Don’t delegate this important part of training your dog to someone else! A great leader is fair and responsible. So be a great pack leader!
So as long as potty training your Husky puppy goes, do it as early as possible, for a great start to an obedient friend and clean floors.
I hope you found the above ideas helpful in potty training your Siberian Husky and feel free to tell me about your experiences below in the comment section!
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