There is no excuse for any bad habits to develop over your puppy’s lifetime if you are lucky enough to get a 7 week-old puppy. Puppies learn INSTANTLY when they are that young, and if you use the proper training methods, gentle but consistent, he will behave like an angel his whole life through.
Of course, housebreaking is the most important training. Boys love to explore outside which is why they are easier than girls. It seems that they can’t get enough of all the new smells out there.
Watching would be the main key in housebreaking. Watch your puppy AND the clock. He is active and the weather is good and once every hour is not too often on a day. The younger the pup, the more often he needs to go out, mostly because he is growing so fast. In order to fuel his metabolism, he must drink more water unlike an adult dog. Also, each day he needs to three to four times and we all know where that will lead to.
You should also watch him for subtle changes. Move quickly if he is happily chewing his toy and gets up suddenly with his nose to the floor. He is ready to squat! Get him out of his crate and outside right away if he has had a nice nap. His circulation is also stimulated if he has just had a good grooming, and you also know what that means. Time to go out again. After he has eaten a meal, you should also watch him closely.
Things to Keep in Mind
Do not punish him for mistakes. After all, they are your fault. He will go every time you take him out and don’t forget to give him lots of praise. Laughter, happy face, and happy noises should be present. Your happy face is what he really loves. When he makes a mistake, your frown and your face turned away from him is all the punishment he needs. By doing this, he will understand.
He is learning English, you must use the same phrases over and over. “Good go potty!” “Hafta go potty?” “Wanna go potty?” He can learn in one afternoon that “go potty” means a jaunt outside and your happy face. Make sure that you stick to the phrase that you choose to use.
It is strongly recommended that you get a crate. Doing this will help with all the phases of his training. This will provide him with his very own private space and a place for him to hide his favorite toys and chewies and they also make him more secure. This tip is especially important if you also have other adult dogs in the house. You should always be kind and gentle, be consistent, and be patient as he learns your language so that your puppy will look forward to his training sessions. Work is what all dogs are fond of.