House training a puppy can be as difficult as training a baby. One of the main tips anyone can use is to be consistent in your training methods.
There are many different methods you can use to train your puppy and some work better for certain pets than others.
Your puppy is young and is learning every day, so you will have a better chance of them learning faster if you do the same thing every day.
Here are some tips that every pet owner can use to better their success chances at puppy potty training:
1. Start the potty training the first day
Start the potty training the first day you bring the puppy home. Introduce the puppy to their sleeping area and then put them on a leash and take them outside to where you want them going potty.
Let your pet roam and explore all the while saying “Go Potty”. This will begin establishing this phrase as a command word. If he goes in the yard, reward him with praise or a treat, to show him that he has done the right thing.
2. The Secret Is In The Schedule
Dogs are creatures of habit and a schedule will help your puppy develop good housetraining skills faster. When you wake up in the morning, avoid praising or greeting your puppy until he has used the bathroom.
This will develop into a routine for him and once he realizes that he gets a lot of loving attention after he uses the bathroom in the morning, this pattern will stick in his head and he will understand what to do in order to get your praise!
3. Use a command like “Go Potty”
When you start to bring your puppy outside or wherever it is you want him to use the bathroom at, stick to using just one command each time you lead him to the potty area.
For example, I use the words “Go Potty”. After your dog has begun to relieve itself, tell it softly,“Go Potty! Go Potty!” When the dog has completed his business, praise even more, “Good Boy… Go Potty!”
4. Use the same path every single time
Whatever route you take when you leave him from the house to his potty area, use this same path every single time you take him to use the bathroom.
This will help create a pattern so that he understands that it is time to go to the bathroom when you are walking him through the same route.
5. A Dog Crate Makes Housetraining Easy
All dogs are born with the instinct to keep their beds clean. Using a crate as a training tool takes advantage of the puppy’s instinct and helps the puppy develop bowel and bladder control.
The kind of crate to use is a personal preference. Choose a crate that is big enough for your pup but not big enough for an adult-sized dog.
Make sure your puppy has enough room to lie down, get comfortable and move around, but no more. Remember, the purpose of the crate is to capitalize on your dog’s instinct to keep its bed clean.
6. Be Consistent and Patient
Potty training a puppy is relatively easy with the right amount of persistence and patience. By keeping up with a regular routine of potty training, your puppy should be going in the yard in a matter of weeks.
Dog training is more than an exercise in learning and understanding for a dog. It is an exercise in learning and understanding for the master, too.
Use a lot of praise and loving caresses when your puppy properly uses the bathroom. You must help him associate housebreaking with a positive experience and showering him with love and affection is the right way to do it.
7. Accidents Happen!
Potty accidents will happen and sometimes they happen because you didn’t stick to the housetraining schedule or weren’t watching your dog close enough.
When an accident happens, handle it carefully. The most important thing with any potty training dog is to have patience.
If you find a pile or puddle in the house with the dog nowhere in sight, do not punish him. After all, urination and defecation are not wrong; your dog must do these things!
Successful housetraining is based on setting the pup up for success by limiting him to the fewest possible accidents, then praising the puppy whenever it has done the right thing.
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