Potty Training for Puppies Hello, new puppy owners! Potty training may seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. With a little patience, consistency, and the right approach, you’ll have your puppy potty trained in no time. In this post, we’ll go over some effective potty training methods you can use to get your puppy on the right track.
Introduction to Potty Training for Puppies
First things first, let’s talk about why potty training is so important. Not only is it more hygienic for your puppy to go to the bathroom outside, but it also helps set boundaries and set your puppy up for long-term success. Potty training may take some time and patience, but believe me, it’s worth it in the end.
The dog pen.
It is a delimited space in which we will leave our dog when we leave home and it will also be the place chosen to relieve himself. It should be a large space (it can even be a room) and it is very important to choose a quiet area of the house without traffic. For example, the hall or the hallway will not be good places, better use a room or the dining room.
Create a schedule
One of the most important steps in potty training a puppy is to create a schedule. Set a regular feeding and potty schedule for your puppy. Take them outside to their designated bathroom spot immediately after eating or drinking, and after naps. This will help your puppy learn to associate toileting with going out.
Choosing a designated bathroom location
Choose a designated area outside for your puppy to use as a place to go to the toilet. This could be a specific corner of the yard or a designated area on a walk. Consistency is key, so make sure everyone in your household knows where the designated spot is and get your puppy there consistently.
Start reducing the newspaper area
Over the days you will learn to identify your puppy’s favorite areas to urinate in his dog pen. First remove some newspapers from the farthest place to those that your dog soils. That is, if your dog gets dirty at the bottom, remove the papers from the entrance. Then, remove more newspapers every day, but don’t rush this too much. If your dog soils somewhere that is not papered, it is because you have removed the papers very soon. In that case, re-wallpaper a larger surface, or even the entire room.
When your dog has become accustomed to doing it in a small area, you can start moving the papers to where you prefer. Move them slowly, no more than three centimeters per day, to the place you have chosen. Of course, do not bring the papers to their bed or to their containers of water or food. If you do that, your dog will stop doing his business on paper.
Supervision and Positive Reinforcement
Keep a close eye on your puppy and take him to his designated potty spot frequently, especially during the early stages of potty training. When your puppy goes to the bathroom in your designated area, be sure to use positive reinforcement, such as treats and praise. This will help your puppy learn that going to the toilet at the designated spot is a good thing.
Accidents happen, even with the best intentions. Be prepared for accidents and clean up any messes immediately with an enzyme cleaner. This will help eliminate any lingering odors and prevent your puppy from being attracted to that place again. Make sure you avoid scolding or punishing your puppy for accidents, as it can backfire.
Coherence and Communication
Consistency is key when training a puppy to go to the potty. Everyone who cares for the puppy should use the same commands and techniques. Also, be sure to communicate with your puppy using the same command every time you take him to the bathroom. This will help your puppy understand what is expected of him.
Recognize the signs of going to the bathroom
Learn to recognize your puppy’s “toilet cues,” such as sniffing or tossing around, and get him outside immediately. This will help prevent accidents and make it more likely that your puppy will go to the bathroom at the designated location.
Patience and Advice
Teaching a puppy to go to the toilet takes time and patience, so don’t get discouraged if it takes longer than expected. Remember to be consistent, use positive reinforcement, and keep a close eye on your puppy. You can also consult with a professional dog trainer or your veterinarian for additional tips and suggestions.
In conclusion, teaching a puppy to go to the toilet can be a bit challenging, but with the right approach, patience and perseverance, you can achieve it. Remember to be patient and not get discouraged, and always be ready to clean up any accidents and reward your puppy when he does well.