Puppy Potty Training
Puppy potty training is a very important process.
There are some basic ideas and tools needed to start training your new puppy. Your puppy should have been your home for about two weeks before you start this process. The puppy should also be able to identify you as their owner and master. This means that the puppy has been around you and your family enough to know who feeds them and whom to look to for everything. As a new pet owner you must be armed with treats for good behavior at all times. The basics of puppy potty training are pretty simple. You don’t want to become frustrated during any time of this new training even though it can become trying. Puppies are babies and they will make mistakes so be calm and expect this to happen. Keep in mind that some small dog breeds are known to take longer to potty train.
The best way to start the dog potty training process is to establish a breakfast and dinner routine for your dog. Once you establish this it is easier to predict when the puppy is ready to go out. If you feed the puppy at a certain time everyday then you can predict the time that the food takes to digest. Keep in mind that this is an approximate time frame and can be within an hour or so. All puppies and dogs are different so don’t get upset if this isn’t working at first. You should always take a puppy outside immediately after they eat because the food can push on the bladder and cause an accident.
Using treats for puppy potty training is a good idea.
Frequent trips outside will help with the process. If you happen to be outside when the puppy goes then you are at an advantage to reward good behavior. The puppy will eventually learn that going outside gets treats. You should always say the same thing when the puppy goes outside like “good dog go potty outside” and give a treat at the same time you say this. On the same token you should say a similar phrase for bad potty behavior like “no potty in the house”. After an accident you should take the puppy outside immediately.
If you are going to use treats to train your dog you should always have them available for good behavior. You should however only use a tiny piece of the treat rather than a large cookie or biscuit every time. You don’t want to give the dog too many treats. This can hurt the dog’s stomach. Treats should only be given for good behavior. Many people want to give puppies treats for no reason but to make the dog happy. The puppy is happiest when they are pleasing their master.
If your puppy goes potty just anywhere they are with no reason, and you got your puppy from a pet shop, outside potty training can be difficult. The problem with pet shops and potty training are that at the pet shop the puppy did his or her pottying in the cage or kennel they were in. The puppy can be used to going where he or she pleases with no consequence. The puppy doesn’t know that this is bad. Your job is to make sure that your puppy learns right from wrong without fear. If you scare the puppy by yelling at them when they have an accident, you may end up scaring the puppy into trying to hold it in. Positive reinforcement is the key for proper puppy potty training.
Potty training dogs need to be done in a way your dog understands what you are asking them to do.
If you are going to crate train your dog it is a good idea to make sure you do not use the crate for potty training time out. Their crate should be a place that the dog feels comfortable and safe. Crates can be used for time outs but for potty training this can be a bad idea. The puppy could even confuse the crate for the bathroom if they are put there every time they have an accident. This is especially true for kennel or pet shop puppies. These puppies are so used to going in a place very similar to the crate you are using. If you reprimand these puppies for this you can confuse them all together.
If your puppy has had an accident in the house and tends to go to the same spot for every accident it’s not an accident. The dog smells the scent then it triggers the something in the dog to have to go. This is just like taking the dog for a walk and always peeing on the same tree or smelling another dog’s mess and having to go themselves. This behavior suggests that the actions are due to instincts. If this is a problem in your home make sure to take the puppy immediately outside and clean the mess with a product that removes or covers the scent the best you can. Placing a piece of furniture where the puppy can’t get to that spot may help also. Another thing to think about is that if another dog has gone in that spot in the past your puppy may think that that spot is a good place to go.
It is alright to be firm with your puppy during this process as long as you don’t harm or hit the dog. Whatever you do, putting a dog’s nose in their own mess is a big no no. This can actually hurt the animal and put a damper on any training you may add later. Remember if the puppy fears you they will not want to please you later.
Potty training dogs and puppies can be very frustrating at times. We have provided you with the basics here. If you are looking for the most thorough guide to potty train your puppy or dog, we recommend checking out Secrets to Dog Training by Daniel Stevens. Using this guide will help you raise a well behaved dog that will potty only where you want them to, and be on their best behavior at all times.
We recommend that you seek guidance from a reputable training guide if you plan to do this potty training quickly and successfully. Using a guide can take the frustration out of this tedious process. We recommend that all small breed or pet shop puppies be trained by using a guide because of the difficulties people have had in the past. This can become a wedge that comes between you and your pet that can cause an owner to give up and even abandon their pets. If you use a good guide this can be prevented and help create a lasting relationship between you and your puppy. Good luck!
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