Potty training is an important learning experience for young puppies. It also solidifies your relationship and begins a new more complex form of communication. Potty training your Royal Frenchel puppy can be a fulfilling experience that helps the two of you get started on the right foot for life!
HOW DO YOU BEGIN TO HOUSETRAIN A PUPPY?
There are a number of different factors that affect housebreaking a puppy. The size of your puppy is going to affect how often they need to go outside for instance. Since Royal Frenchel’s hail from miniature breeds like the mini French Bulldog, they’ll need to go out more frequently due to having a smaller bladder, with the frequency decreasing as they grow into an adult dog.
There are 6 most important times to take your puppy outside to the bathroom. The first is whenever they get out of their crate. The second is directly after they eat (and yes, this includes right after breakfast as many pups go poop twice in the morning once they eat breakfast). The third is immediately after awakening if napping on the couch or close to you. And finally the fourth, which changes with age, which is taking the pup out in a rhythm periodically when it is awake at play starting with 50 minutes and increasing that time 15 minutes at a time as your pup becomes successful 3 days in a row with the previous timing. The sixth important factor is to keep a good attitude and address your puppy as though they want to please you. A negative attitude or anxiety or urgency or negative thinking about how long it will take etc. will only make the process take longer and confound your puppy distracting from their learning.
Two great benefits will occur with this routine. The first is that your pup will feel “seen” as it will be taken out in reasonable intervals so it will feel far more relaxed and cared for. And the second is that your pup and you begin to connect more and more intuitively knowing when it is timely for other things in life! Yes, this experience generalizes to other things and communication between you both will become easier and effortless.
The first rule of housebreaking is a consistent feeding schedule and rest schedules! When you are consistent in the care of your pup, their system then finds a balance and rhythm as well for all of their activities and going out to the bathroom is one of them.
The next most important factor in potty training a Royal Frenchel puppy is a healthy schedule of taking them out to their potty spots.
KEY HOUSEBREAKING SCHEDULE RULES OF THUMB
Keep consistent feeding, rest and playtime schedule (see Royal Frenchel Daily Routine & Housebreaking Made Easy below)
Crate your pup at night and during naptime. (last out needs to be after 9-10pm even if your pup has fallen asleep around 7:15 which is the usual case and first out between 5- 6am)
Always take your pup directly out after getting out of the crate.
Always take your pup directly out after eating.
Always take your pup directly out after napping.
Always take your pup directly out after his or her first 50 min of playtime if staying up adding 15 min. Per time at each interval of 2 days until you get up to 2 ½ hours indoors before going to the bathroom.
Keep a positive, relaxed manner through all movements of housebreaking.
In between periods of times, take your puppy outside at the first indication that they need a potty break (#5 above). Pay close attention to your puppy and see if they do anything that hints at the need to go outside. They may become agitated and wiggly, especially if holding them, begin sniffing continuously all around the room, or walk up to the door and circle back. Sometimes the signs are subtle so, become aware of how your specific pup alerts you.
Your puppy might have a few accidents indoors while you’re training them. Trust in the intelligence of your dog, the training of your dog, and your consistency. Doggie doors help tremendously as well and there are those that even have security built in, letting only your dog in or out through the opening.
If you need to do something to stop your puppy from going to the bathroom indoors, clap loudly and get their attention, and again, if they have gone inside, slap the floor at the pee or poop holding the pup present and say “Not Poop”, “Not Pee” and put them out with you by their side until they are 11 to 12 weeks old. After that, you can put them out on their own. And of course you can celebrate their success with them if you are present when they go.
Remember, never carry a punishing or unhappy attitude forward either after you slap the floor. You are both learning communication skills together and this is one that will sink in quickly with your Royal Frenchel. Positive reinforcement is a good idea.
Royal Frenchels want to please. It is in their genes, so simply provide the guard rails of behavioral responses from yourself accompanied by the words. This not only teaches your puppy what you want, but they will also learn words along the way as you use them consistently.
GETTING YOUR PUP TO GO OUTSIDE
Call your puppy to the door so they can do their business outdoors. Step through the threshold calling them happily holding the door open securely. This allows your puppy to become accustomed to crossing the threshold of the doorway themselves without risk of the door closing on them which if it occurs, can greatly dissuade your pup from learning swiftly to go out.
Take your puppy to the same potty spot every time saying the same words every time as well. When they are done, praise them and give them a love for doing so well.
YOUR ATTITUDE & HOUSEBREAKING YOUR PUP
It’s very important that you make a point to not be hurried, urgent, or moody once outside. As we stated, your attitude will certainly affect how your dog feels when going outside. They’re far more intelligent than humans think. Make it a joyous time for both you and your puppy to make progress together. You will both create sweet memories and learning will be far faster.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HOUSE TRAIN A PUPPY?
Royal Frenchel’s take 4 to 7 days to housebreak. If the pup is under 14 weeks old, it requires the consistent schedule named above to support them in their continued success once they get where to go. Other breeds may take longer, however, this routine has worked for all breeds quite successfully.
Crate training your puppy is a preferred option. This method supports your puppy to learn to hold going out until they are let out. The crate needs to be large enough so that your puppy is able to lay down, turn around, and stand without ducking. The crate should have plenty of open air going through it.
Too much room in the crate isn’t good as the pup may decide the back is a bathroom! So, if your crate is too large, put a box or a block in the back of the crate to keep the area just large enough to move comfortably, however, not so big they can walk around a larger space.
If the pup goes to the bathroom in the crate, do the same communication as above, making a slapping sound, saying “Not Poop” and “Not Pee” with a strong voice and take the pup directly outside following the same protocols every time.
Naps ought to last approximately 1 hr. 15 min to 1 ½ hr. Your pup ought never be left in the crate longer than 2 ½ hours in the day and never all day long with or without a break. Crates need to be their private areas where rest and the enjoyment of chewing a toy or chew is a sweet quieting time to be alone. Not a prison to prevent something you don’t want. Pups cannot nor any dog cannot stay in a crate all day long. It can be damaging to their psyche, bladder and intestinal fortitude.
When out of the crate, water ought to be available at all times. Very small dogs may require food multiple times a day often so free feeding can work for them. However, if you have distinct times where meals are given then you also have greater consistency and likelihood of the pup going to the bathroom regularly in time as well.
If you work all day, your pup must have a sitter, dog walker and a pen to play in with their crate inside it open doored and paper to go to the bathroom.
Every time your dog comes out of the crate take them directly outside (coat and shoes on if necessary before opening the crate). Stay outside with your puppy the entire time. It may take them a while to finish their business. The puppy naturally wants to walk around, explore, sniff, and then empty their bladder.
If your pup is new, they will take a few days to become comfortable and relaxed to go to the bathroom without fear of being out in the open. So, relax and take your time. Enjoy the great outdoors while your pup gets used to his or her surroundings. It can be a nice break for you to get some vitamin D, calm and relax yourself!
It’s important to do this twice in the morning, before and after breakfast, before your dog has midday playtime for exercise and bonding. Following the schedule of playtime and after they’ve tired themselves out, your puppy can go back in the crate with a safe chew toy and a covering to help dim the lighting for quality rest.
At night, your puppy can stay up with you until they doze off, but if they happen to wake up before you after a nap they could have an accident rather quickly. Always be sure to take your puppy out just before bed, even if you have to wake them up from a nap. Once back inside and crated, always be sure to have the crate near where you sleep so your puppy can rest knowing they’re in good company.
If your puppy happens to wake and cry in the middle of the night, try acknowledging them with a positive clear loving tap on the crate saying at the same time “night night”.
Make sure your crate is placed right by your bed so you can reach out and tap the top of the crate. Dogs sense the energy of being close by and it will ease the stress of your puppy and let them go back to sleep. If they persist suddenly in the middle of the night, just take them out ~ do so quickly, with less reward outside a small sip of a drink of water if they are thirsty, then direct them right back into the crate. Be sure not to crate them for more than eight hours, and get ready to start the routine again in the morning!
Two crates make life easier and more successful if there is a crate in the bedroom and one in the area of the house where most of the day will be spent. Otherwise, it can be easy to miss crating at nap times due to the distance the crate is from the area you are in. Let yourself become successful and your pup will love you for it.
SPACE AND POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY
We suggest that you confine your puppy to a certain area while your puppy is young and still being house trained. Places like your kitchen or family room can be great places for household activity and the sweet development of a relationship with your puppy.
You can use a puppy gate to create a smaller space as well. This will help you track them better and make them feel more at ease and confident in the environment. As your puppy learns to go outside to go to the bathroom, you can then give them more space and freedom to walk throughout the house and as almost all Royals do, sleep in bed with you!
There are many different strategies for potty training a new puppy, but the Royal Frenchel family has certainly found success with some of the methods listed here. We’re sure you and your new puppy will make the most of this bonding experience and grow even closer as you succeed.
Here is the Daily Routine that has worked for over 50 years for Anahata Graceland, the creator of the Royal Frenchel breed.
DAILY ROUTINE & HOUSEBREAKING MADE EASY
I – 6:00 AM
Take your pup out immediately upon awakening to prevent it from going in its kennel. Call to your pup to follow you confidently. You may put a harness swiftly on with a leash or just out the door to a yard, either one, it is a great time to use its name and call it clearly so that they follow you out. Take your pup to the same place every time and say the same word every time that indicates it’s time to go to the bathroom.
Bring your pup back inside after they have gone to the bathroom and feed them breakfast.
Once they turn away from the food and move away from it, call the dog outside again. Your pup may take a break from eating to swallow and take a moment and then return to eating. So, be aware that it isn’t until it moves away from the dog food bowl that it is done.Allow no time in between eating and going outside to ensure that the dog gets out a 2nd time in the morning or you will have a failure in housebreaking. And success is the key with housebreaking…. Not correction, education, and communication.However, if you need to correct during housebreaking simply hold your dog and hit the floor with a direct and intentional voice say no pee or no poop, not good… Unhappy with the result you see. Slap the floor loudly, though be aware if your pup is a sensitive pup, still, make the clear sound.Then take the dog out. He or she will get it swiftly.So, you take your pup back out right after eating. Royals go to the bathroom twice in the am. All Royals poop 2 times in the morning through their first year. There may be an exception, but so far, we haven’t seen one!
5 MINUTE HANDS ON PLAY (clicking the link here shows you a video which describes this well) Upon coming in the house after successful bathroom relief outside give your puppy 5 minutes of uninterrupted time playing, looking at him or her while playing with total attention on your pup. You want this to become a standard. Remember this good habit. Your dog will love you for it and you will develop a deeper stronger knowledge of your dog intuitively. If he or she didn’t go to the bathroom the second time, put your pup in the crate for about 20 minutes with a chew or into the play area, then put them out again.
Next, your puppy gets a 45 minute play time enjoying toys and home. When your puppy is new, it is good to spend at least 25 minutes more of this time with it to ensure greater bond and knowledge of your dog.
II – 9:00 AM. REST & NAPTIME
Rest time begins next so, you put your pup back in their crate with a chew and leave them in the crate for 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs.
Dehydration Check Puppies should have enough fluids. Check to ensure they aren’t dehydrated by squeezing your pup’s skin and noticing how fast their skin rebounds back to normal position. If it’s too slow or sticky your puppy is dehydrated. If it bounces back, then your pup is good. If your pup is dehydrated ensure you give it ample fluids. Use the Breeders Edge Milk sent home or a good broth that they like. Do not ignore this symptom. Any difficulties call me right away. 360-561-0003
III – 10:45 AM
Take your pup out immediately upon awakening to prevent it from going in its kennel. Call to your pup to follow you confidently so that it doesn’t distract and go elsewhere and pee or poop.You may put a harness swiftly on with a leash or just out the door to a yard, either one, it is a great time to use its name and call it clearly so that they follow you out.Take your pup to the same place every time and say the same word every time that indicates it’s time to go to the bathroom.
5 MINUTE HANDS ON PLAY (clicking the link here shows you a video which describes this well) Upon coming in the house after successful bathroom relief outside give your puppy 5 minutes of uninterrupted time playing, looking at him or her while playing with total attention on your pup. You want this to become a standard. Remember this good habit. Your dog will love you for it and you will develop a deeper stronger knowledge of your dog intuitively.If he or she didn’t go to the bathroom the second time, put your pup in the crate for about 20 minutes with a chew or into the play area, then put them out again.
Next, your puppy gets a 45 minute play time with him or herself.
Repeat the morning routine upon getting up from the pup nap
IV – 11:45 AM LUNCH
Go out to the bathroom again.
In to play for an hour and then….
V – 1:30 TO 2:00 PM BACK DOWN TO NAP IN A CRATE FOR 1 ½ HR.
VI – 3:30 PM
Go out to the bathroom
Back into 5 MINUTE HANDS ON PLAY Upon coming in the house after successful bathroom relief outside give your puppy 5 minutes of uninterrupted time play time.
Free Time: 45 minutes out in the house hopefully with you a good part of that time.
VII – 4:30 PM DINNER
Dinner Time made just like you made breakfast – Really good “mambo” meal! Make sure they eat a good amount at this hour
Go out to the bathroom again. Spend about 20 minutes outside whenever possible
5 MINUTE HANDS ON PLAY Upon coming in the house after successful bathroom relief outside, give your puppy 5 minutes of uninterrupted play time.
Next, your puppy gets a 45 minute play time with him or herself. Playtime can continue on with the pup alone or with others until bedtime. This play is important as you don’t want your puppy to sleep now and be up later!However, remember to continue to take the pup out at intervals that ensure success every 45 min., then every 1hr., then every 1hr & 15 min., then every 1 & 1/2hr. and so on. Relieving the pup well before bedtime secures everyone a good night sleep.So, a good romp and play time during the after dinner hour is key to your good night’s sleep and theirs.
Dogs may choose to take a short cat nap themselves during this time, but don’t allow it to extend to over 1 hour as they will rest better through the night otherwise.
VIII – 8:00 PM BEDTIME
Before bed, take your pup out to the bathroom and then to bed.
Ensure that your dog doesn’t drink or eat a good deal before bedtime whenever possible. In-sure they get plenty at their dinner hour to ensure good hydration and nutrition to get them through to the morning hours peacefully.
IX – 11:00 PM QUICK BATHROOM BREAK
Wake your pup to take your pup out to the bathroom.
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