It´s easy to fall in love with your puppy´s cute overload but the moment he wets your newly cleaned carpet, you can´t avoid getting annoyed. Raising a pup is big responsibly. The best ways to potty train your puppy is by being attentive and paying attention to particular details.
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1. Make sure that you can always see your puppy.
Try using baby gates for your puppy. When you see your puppy sniffing around the floor or see him in squat position, scoop him up immediately and take him outside in order to relieve himself.
2. Take him out after feeding.
Once you´re done feeding your puppy take him outside your house for at least 10 minutes to let him potty. Puppies always have to go potty after drinking or eating.
3. Let him eliminate in the same area.
When bringing him outdoor to eliminate, teach your dog to do it on the same area all the time. His smell will tell him that it´s potty time and it´s where he should do his business. If the habit is still not set, you should always accompany your puppy when he needs to do his business outside.
4. Establish a feeding schedule.
So you can control his potty schedule, feed him at specific times in the day. Don´t give him food in between his scheduled meals in order to avoid confusion and to establish his feeding schedule.
5. If you´re busy or have to always leave the house, consider giving your puppy crate training.
In crate and potty training a puppy, repetition and consistency are very important. Always use the same exit door when potty training so that your puppy will get used to potty in the same particular area. Once he becomes independent he wouldn´t need you anymore.
6. Use potty training pad.
Potty training pads have scented lined pads which attract puppies to make them potty on them. Make it a habit to leave clean potty training pad to the area you want him to potty or to the door so that you can see him when has to potty.
7. Use praises when appropriate.
The use of words is key in teaching your puppy to potty on his early age. You can say “Good boy! Go potty!”. Through this you´re making him understand what has to be done and when he has to do it.
Praise your puppy whenever he goes to a specific area. Dogs always want to please their masters so when they see you happy with what they did, they more likely do it again. Encourage your pup to continue doing the process by praising him when he does a good job.
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8. Use reward or reprimand with timing.
Timing is extremely important for you and your puppy to come to an understanding. There should be no delay in giving the reward. If he did a good job, give him a treat right away. If he missed, he should also know that scolding is directly coupled with the action.
9. When accidents happen …
Accidents can and will happen. It´s unavoidable. You should only reprimand your puppy if you caught him in the act of eliminating inappropriately or in a place that is not allowed.
When you catch him in the act, sound out the necessary commands immediately. For example, use an abrupt noise such as clapping your hands or saying “NO” in a firm voice. The puppy will know that you are displeased. As he follows your command, your tone should slowly turn friendlier.
If he eliminated as you like, don´t forget to give lots of cheerful-tone praises to assure him that he did well.
10. Steer clear of the traditional punishment.
Have you seen dog owners who rob their puppy´s face on his stool when accidents happen? They think that this will make the pup understand that his action was inappropriate. Truth be told, this does not work. The puppy is unable to understand the punishment. It will only make him afraid of stools.
As an experiment, a dog owner and her puppy were asked to take a stroll. When they came back, the dog trainer placed stools in the house from another dog. When the dog owner and her puppy were back and the pup saw the stool, he ran away and hid.
Remember that potty training a puppy can be challenging but the results are rewarding. Teaching your puppy to grow up well behaved and independent will yield positive feelings and comfort to you and your dog.