The first thing on your mind if you plan to get a new puppy is probably potty training. It is one aspect of puppy ownership that nobody every enjoys. Failing at potty training is one of the major reasons for dogs being surrendered to shelters. The puppy potty training tips below are geared towards ensuring that you are successful in your puppy potty training.
1. Use a Confined Space
Set up a confined space before you bring the puppy home. Dogs are den animals, which means that they usually don’t “go” where they eat or sleep. Ensure that the space is proportionate for the puppy. He/she should be capable of moving around comfortably, stretching out, etc. If he/she ends up having an accident there, it could be that you have allocated too much space.
2. Avoid Using Potty Pads
Allowing your puppy to use potty pads means allowing him/her to “go” in the house, which is not what you want. Potty training pads are simply an unnecessary hurdle in your potty-training journey that only serves to slow you down.
3. Crate Training
One of the easiest ways to potty train your puppy is using a crate. It helps keep the puppy in a confined space that he/she won’t want to “go” when you are unable to watch them. However, be mindful of the puppy’s bladder and avoid leaving him/her in there for too long to avoid any accidents.
4. Avoid Punishing Accidents
Punishing accidents does little to stop a dog from “going” in the house. Your reasoning is not the same as that of the dog. For most dogs, they seem to think that you just did not want to see it, which means that next time he will still go but will now hide behind the couch.
Rewarding your puppy after he/she goes outside has been shown to make a positive impact. So, reward your puppy whenever he/she “goes” outside. Rewards can be in the form of attention, treats, or just about whatever he/she loves doing.
6. Watch Out for Signals
Whining, circling, sniffing around, or simply getting distracted from whatever he/she was doing can all be signs that an accident is close to happening. Take out the puppy as soon as you see any of the signs. Don’t wait to do it or you will probably regret it.
7. Thoroughly Clean Accident Areas
If your puppy unfortunately has an accident indoors, the smell will linger and he/she will be more likely to do it again. So, ensure that you give the accident area a thorough clean using an enzymatic cleaner that completely gets rid of odours instead of simply masking them. Don’t forget that just because you are unable to smell it, it does not mean that the puppy cannot.
Bringing a puppy home is a truly memorable event. However, failing to make the right preparations with regards to potty training can make it a regrettable event. So, follow the puppy potty training tips discussed here and you can be sure that he/she will grow up into a very responsible dog.
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