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Simple Tips for Potty Training Your Puppy
As Cesars Way explains, “The process of housebreaking often brings on feelings of nervousness and worry, but the process does not have to be stressful—for you or the puppy. The truth is this is a situation in which you have Mother Nature working with you right from the start while puppy training. When the puppies are first born, they eat and they relieve themselves inside the den, but the mother always cleans them. There is never a scent of urine or feces where the puppies eat, sleep, and live. When they get old enough, they learn to use outside areas as they imitate their mother. In this way, all dogs become conditioned never to use the bathroom in their dens. From two to four months of age, most pups pick up on the concept of housebreaking and crate training quite easily since it is part of their natural programming. Regardless of how simple this may sound, you can always use a little help when potty training your puppy. Here are a few pointers:
You will want to start training your puppy as early as possible. According to experts, between 12 and 16 weeks is a good time to begin potty training your puppy. The longer you wait to train, the longer training it can take because the puppy may have already learned bad habits.You should not start before the age of 12 weeks, however, since the puppy does not yet have full control over their bowels and bladder.
Establish a Routine
As the Humane Society explains, “Like babies, puppies do best on a regular schedule. The schedule teaches him that there are times to eat, times to play and times to potty. Generally speaking, a puppy can control his bladder one hour for every month of age. So if your puppy is two months old, he can hold it for about two hours. Don’t go longer than this between bathroom breaks, or he’s guaranteed to have an accident. If you work outside the home, this means you’ll have to hire a dog walker to give your puppy his bathroom breaks.”
Understand Why Mistakes Might Happen
Any puppy can make a mistake, but if the issue is a continuous one, it might help to find out why. According to the ASPCA, there are many reasons why a puppy may continue to soil the home. These include urine marking, separation anxiety, and submissive urination. There could also be medical reasons for the problem, so be sure to talk with your vet.
Pick a Good Spot Outside
While we may sometimes wish that our dogs could be trained to use to toilet, this very rarely (if ever) happens. It is a good idea to always take your puppy to the same spot outside to go potty, and say words such as “go potty” to the puppy while he or she goes. After a while, the dog will associate that place and those words with the act.
Teach Your Puppy to Ring a Bell
If you feel that this would be a good method for you and your puppy, you can teach your puppy to ring a bell anytime he or she has to go potty. Do this by taking the puppy’s paw and ringing the bell each time you take the puppy out. He or she will learn to associate the ring with going to potty, and will ring the bell when he or she has to go.
Keep to a Feeding Schedule
One of the best ways to help your puppy learn to be on a schedule for potty training is for you to keep them on a consistent feeding schedule. Feed the puppy at the same time every day and remove the food once he or she has finished eating.
Use Artificial Turf
Artificial turf is a great way of potty training your puppy if you live in an apartment or high rise, where it is not convenient for them to go outside often. It is also good for dogs whose owners work all day and cannot be there to take them out. Take the puppy over the the turf each time he or she needs to go potty, and they will learn to use the turf.
Do you have a tip that has worked for you when potty training your puppy? Let us know in the comments!