An eight-week-old puppy will need to be taken outside every 20 to 30 minutes (including the night). You will notice that your puppy have to go 5-10 minutes after eating, drinking, or playing.
If you are new in a puppy world this sound scary. Dont worry, you can do it.
When you live in an apartment building all this is little more complicated. But there are a few solutions and tricks to make your life easier.
Use pee pads: Pee pads are great because they are easy to move around and take with you if you’re taking a trip. Put the pee pad in one place in the house and if you see your puppy start to eliminate in the house, simply pick them up and move them onto the pee pad. Check ours suggestion here.
Put a grass patch on your patio. Get a dog waste container to put any poop bags in. One solution for your little rodesian ridgeback is on this link.
Eventually, your dog will be able to hold it long enough to get them down the stairs or elevator and outside. One important thing is schedule. When you get a young puppy, try to take them out as often as possible: In the morning when they get up, after breakfast/before you leave for work, at lunchtime, after work, after dinner, before bed, etc. As they get older, you may be able to get away with a schedule such as before and after work and before bed.
Leo learnt this in first two weeks. Just be little patient. Stay with him outside, at least until he’s house trained. (Staying outside longer with puppy may help to curb accidents. He may need the extra time to explore.)
But good news as your puppy grows bigger, you can extend the time between breaks outside. You will learn their cues for needing to use the restroom. Whining, pawing at the door or squatting are a few common ways dogs let you know they need to go outside. Leo whimpers when he must go out. But don’t worry, you will notice your dog behavior. Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his business. His scent will prompt him to go. ( Clean up accidents in apartment with an enzymatic cleanser rather than an ammonia-based cleaner to minimize odors that might attract the puppy back to the same spot.)
Be sure to lavish him with a positive stimulus every time he successfully goes in the proper location.
Accidents are common in puppies up to a year old. When your puppy does have an accident, keep on training. If you think you’re puppy is having bowel problems or issues with bladder control then please visit your veterinarian for a thorough health examination.
Punishing your puppy for having an accident is a definite no. If you catch your puppy in the act (and you probably will catch him) clap loudly so he knows he’s done something unacceptable. Then take him outside by calling him or taking him gently by the collar. When he’s finished, praise him or give him a small treat.
And be happy with you new little friend.
Milena from Rhodesian World