New puppies are loads of fun! They are cute and cuddly and their spunky personalities and wet noses will melt anyone’s heart. But what about potty training your puppy?
That joy can wear off quickly after your new puppy has one (or two…or ten) accidents on your nice rug or your favorite piece of furniture. Potty training can be frustrating if you don’t have anyone to help you.
That’s where we come in! Here are a few secrets to potty training. The good news? Success is in your hands. In other words, much of the responsibility lays with you spending the time and following some basic steps. Let’s take a closer look.
Here are the facts about puppy toilet training:
Puppies are like babies when it comes to going to the toilet. When a baby needs to go potty, they go. So it is with puppies – when a puppy needs to go they will go!
At a very young age, a puppies bladder is very small. That means they can’t hold it for very long! Sometimes only 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.
To start, you have to get your puppy outside before they go inside. This is your job! If you fail, blame yourself not the dog. Do you get mad at a baby for wetting a diaper? Of course not, they can’t control it either.
After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, as their bowels will start to move. You should also take them out last thing at night.
The best way to show your puppy where you want them to toilet is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go.
You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them a treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this: If the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will after only a few toilets in the correct place start looking for the cheese treat saying “Hey where’s the cheese I just pottied on the grass!”
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Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to, such as “go potty” or whatever you want to call it. This way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.
If you puppy does not go then be aware that they may still need to relieve themselves soon and restrict their movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until they are taken outside and definitely toilet.
There are a lot of myths and bad information out there when it comes to potty training a puppy. One of the worst and most harmful is that you should stick your puppy’s nose in the urine or feces when he goes inside or someplace else you don’t want him to go.
You should never rub a puppy’s nose in pee or poop. First, it’s a mean thing to do. Second, it doesn’t work. In fact, it hurts the potty training process.
A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a human nose. Rubbing it in urine will teach your puppy nothing. They will have no idea of what they did wrong. What they will learn is to do it out of sight. So next time they will just go behind the couch.
Bottom line, it’s bully behavior that won’t gain your puppy’s respect. Read more about being your dog‘s pack leader here.
There are a lot more tips and tricks that will help you, but these are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to stop any puppy issue by watching the videos on that site. Doggy Dan is the trainer and he knows his stuff. Plus he trains in humane way which is good for your dog. Our readers can get a $1 Puppy Training Trial, so check it out.
You can also check out our free pdf of dog training tools here. Either way, get started and enjoy your new puppy!
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