How to Potty Train Your Puppy
Starting the potty process
Potty training a dog takes patience, kindness and just a little planning. Before starting, have these helpful tools readily available:
A crate is an acceptable way to keep your non-housebroken dog confined for brief periods of time when you must leave her or him home alone. Dogs instinctively won�t do their business in their own space.
Training pads are absorbent, leak-proof and disposable, perfect to put on the floor within an inside place where you�d like your puppy to go.
Pet-specific stain and odor removers contain enzymes that help remove, not merely mask, odors from pet messes.
Create a order and a reward
Establish a order that your pup can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your pet does their business. This word association will help your dog learn to go whenever you say those magic words.
Whenever your dog is performed, say �Good potty!� and give lots of praise. Resist the temptation to reward this behavior with a treat, though.
Timing is everything
Setup a consistent schedule
for potty breaks. First, keep your dog�s nourishing times constant and remember to remove leftover food between meals. This will help your dog develop a natural, predictable rhythm for removal.
Recommended potty break times:
> First thing in the morning
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after each meal
> Prior to going to sleep during the night
> At least one time at night (until your puppy is five weeks old)
> When you notice your puppy sniffing an area while turning circles around it - which means they have to go NOW.
Teach your dog where you can go
Dogs are creatures of habit; therefore the quicker they understand where business should be done, the earlier they�ll stop going elsewhere. To greatly help speed up the process:
Take your dog to the same spot for each potty break.
Keep the home and yard environment the same during potty training. Redecorating or renovations might confuse your dog.
Some dogs learn faster than others, but if your puppy seems to be having a unique variety of accidents, there could be a physical or emotional reason. Your pet grooming
may be anxious, depressed, frightened, excited, or could have a urinary tract contamination. A male dog may be marking his territory. Consult a veterinarian who can help identify and treat these issues.