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How to Potty Train Your Puppy
Starting the potty process
Potty training a puppy takes patience, kindness and a little planning. Before starting, have these helpful tools readily available:
A crate can be an acceptable way to keep your non-housebroken dog confined
for short periods of time when you must leave her or him home alone. Dogs instinctively won�t do their business in their own space.
Training pads are absorbent, leak-proof and disposable, perfect to put on the floor in an inside spot where you�d like your puppy to go.
Pet-specific stain and odor removers contain enzymes that help remove, not just mask, odors from pet messes.
Create a control and a reward
Establish a order that your pup can understand. Say, �Go potty� while your dog does their business. This phrase association will help your dog figure out how to go once you say those magic words.
Whenever your dog is done, say �Good potty!� and present lots of compliment. Resist the temptation to prize this behavior with a treat, though.
Timing is everything
Set up a consistent plan for potty breaks. First, keep the dog�s feeding times constant and remember to remove leftover food between meals. This will help your dog create a natural, predictable rhythm for eradication.
Suggested potty break times:
> First thing each day
> After naps
> 10 to 20 minutes after every meal
> Before going to sleep during the night
> At least one time during the night (until your pup is five weeks old)
> When you notice your puppy sniffing
an area while turning circles around it - that means they need to go NOW.
Teach your dog where you can go
Dogs are creatures of habit; so the faster they understand where business should be done, the earlier they�ll stop heading elsewhere. To greatly help speed up the process:
Take your pet to the same spot for every potty break.
Keep your home and yard environment the same during potty training
. Redecorating or renovations might confuse your pet.
Some dogs learn faster than others, but if your puppy appears to be having a unique amount of accidents, there could be a physical or emotional reason. Your pet may worry, depressed, frightened, thrilled, or could have a urinary system illness. A male dog may be marking his territory. Consult with a veterinarian who are able to help identify and treat these issues.