I have two 2 months pups. i don’t have crates and i don’t use them in training because the puppies will get noisy and will want to get out of their crates and i hate the whining and bark begging noise.
How to toilet train them? and when I start getting them trained what are the steps I have to do other than crate training to toilet training?
I heard that a puppy can’t hold it before 4 or 5 months old so what do you think, and when to start training obedience commands ?
It’s true that the pups will complain about being crated at first, just about all puppies do, but they get over that pretty quickly. Crate training really is the very best and simplest method of housebreaking.
However, if you don’t want to use crates you’ll just need to be extra vigilant about supervising your puppies. That’s because actually preventing them from having the opportunity to make mistakes indoors, is a huge part of the whole process. The aim is to get them so accustomed to only eliminating outdoors, that it becomes a habit. One that they’ll follow their whole lives.
The keys to successful housebreaking are supervision, patience and consistency. It’s never an ‘overnight success’ (no matter what you may read to the contrary) and it takes time and effort. You can find a useful schedule for potty training here Puppy Potty Training Schedule.
Puppies have small bladders and can only ‘hold it’ for short periods. An 8 week old pup needs a potty break every 30 minutes to an hour, a pup of 10 – 13 weeks may be able to go a couple of hours between breaks, and after 18 weeks should be able to wait between 4 and 6 hours. But these are only guidelines, all puppies are different, and if a pup isn’t crated it isn’t going to make the same effort to ‘hold it’, or learn bladder control as quickly.
As for obedience, start with basic manners and commands right away, an 8 week old pup is eager to learn. See my Free Puppy Training Tips page for lots of help and advice on this.
I hope this helps, best of luck with your puppies.