Tips for Potty Training a Puppy

Getting a puppy is all fun and games until your new baby pees on your bed or the couch in the living room. Adopting is a dog comes with a lot of responsibilities, and one of them is potty training, your furry companion. Most other responsibilities when it comes to taking care of a dog are pretty straightforward, such as feeding it every few hours or taking it out for a walk. But potty training is one such task that can be pretty assiduous. You need to remain extremely calm and patient when teaching your canine companion to relieve themselves in a designate area.

The first thing to realize when potty training a dog is that it’s an animal and cannot communicate like a human. We know you must be thinking that it’s a given and we didn’t have to mention it. But it’s important to reiterate that dogs cannot communicate like us because sometimes dog owners can lose their cool when after days of training their dog pees or poops on the carpet. Remind yourself that your dog is like a baby, so you must be gentle with them at all times. Once you learn to control your anger, the potty training business will get easier for you, and you will get through it sooner than you expect.

Apart from staying patient, there are some other tips as well that can help you in training your dog. If you want to speed up the potty training process of your fluffy friend, then here are ten tips for you.

Watch Your Dog like a Hawk

When you bring a puppy home, familiarize it with its new home and family. And while you do that, watch your new fluffy friend like a hawk. Observing your dog will allow you to pick up on any signals that your bud might give off before having a bathroom break.

Also, only allow your puppy to go to those areas of the house that you don’t mind getting littered with dog waste. Once your dog is fully trained, you can leave it to roam around the house freely.

Learn about your Dog’s Breed

Learning about your dog’s breed will help you prepare for your dog’s bathroom needs better. Specific dog breeds have bigger bladders and can go on for a while without relieving themselves, while some might urinate every other hour. Therefore, find out about the bathroom needs of your pet so that you can take them out accordingly. For instance, if you get a Chihuahua, you will need to take it out every so often because it comes with a small bladder.

Feed your Dog on a Consistent Schedule

If you feed your dog at regular intervals, then you will have some idea when your fluffy friend might need to go to the bathroom. And then you can take them out. Having a consistent feeding schedule for your dog will help you build eating and excreting routine for your canine, which will tremendously help you with your dog’s house training project.

Familiarize your dog with its new home

Dogs are naturally trained to not pee or poop in the place they are living in. Therefore, if you want your dog not to litter your house, you must acquaint it with the place.

Dogs need time to get used to a new environment. When you bring a new fluffy friend home, you can’t expect them to start considering it their home from the start. They will need time to realize that your residence is their residence as well.

To start the process of acclimatizing your dog with its new house, expose your friend to one room at a time, and always remain close by. To stay close to your new dog, you can put on a leash on your canine and tuck the other end of it in your pocket. By doing you, you’ll not only be in close proximity to your dog, but you will easily know when your dog wants to go out.

Dog crates are another excellent way of acquainting your puppy with its new home. Put it in a crate when you can’t supervise it. And since a crate is a smaller space compared to your house, your canine companion will consider it their primary place of living and resultantly avoid doing their business in it. And when they feel the need to go to the bathroom, they’ll start pacing or barking signal the oncoming call of nature.

Many dog parents use a crate when house training their furry companion. It’s an effective way of training your dog and keeping them safe when you can’t supervise them fully.

Interrupt Bathroom Accidents

When you catch your dog in the act of relieving itself, catch their attention by clapping and then lead them out of the house. Interrupting bathroom accidents is an excellent way of instilling the idea of ‘wrong place to pee/poop’ in your dog.

But you need to be careful when showing your disapproval after you have caught your dog urinating or defecating in the house. If you get too harsh, then you might scare your dog. Make sure that you startle your friend and then tell them no while guiding them out of the house.

Once you are out of the house, instruct them to continue their business. If you find them struggling to do it, then pet them and be kind to them, so they know they are not being punished.

Make a Designated potty place.

After every hour or so, depending on your dog’s food/water intake and breed, take your fluffy pal to their bathroom spot. Spend some time there and try to feed your puppy water before coming to the designated area, so that it feels full and urinates. Once your dog picks up the smell of urine and feces in the potty zone, it will start to consider that area its bathroom.

Make sure the spot you pick to be your dog’s bathroom is easily accessible and is not frequented by a lot of people.

Dogs are highly intelligent animals, and they can pick up on instructions with just a little effort. If you remain persistent and put in the effort to house train your dog, you will get results pretty quickly.

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