It’s a joy to have a puppy around. A puppy is cute, furry and squiggly all at the same time. However, taking in a new puppy would mean more responsibility for you as its caretaker. That alright anyway a lot of people say that potty training a pet is easiest when they are young. Unlike if you are training an adult, there are some behaviors that need to be unlearned. So how exactly do you train your puppy? First, timing and routine are important. You need to set up a regular schedule for your little dog. How do you do that? Read more for you to know how to potty train your puppy.
Let’s begin with the basics. You need to consider the age of your puppy. A new-born is not ready for potty training but by three months, he is all set to learn how to clean up.
First Rule: Keep your puppy’s meal on a regular schedule. In this way, you can take your pet out after he’s done with his meal. You can also take out your pet after a nap, before his bedtime, or when he whimpers during the night.
Second Rule: You should only feed your puppy and give him a little water when you can take him outside after eating. As much as possible do not give water to your puppy two hours before sleeping. In this way, you help prevent accidents through the night.
Third Rule: You should bring your puppy out on a leash after playing with him. This would give your puppy a hint that it’s time to relieve himself.
Fourth Rule: When you bring your puppy out to relieve itself, always bring it to the same spot so that is is able to recognize the spot where it should relieve itself.
Fifth Rule: What you can do is that you can try training your dog by saying a something to him. If you do this often enough, your puppy will be able to take the cue to relieve himself on your command.
Last: I am sure you like rewards. Well, same goes for your puppy too. You should reward or praise your puppy if he relieves himself outside or followed your instructions on potty training.
You cannot expect the potty training session to be perfect. I am sure you will encounter unforeseen circumstances. Well, here are some ways to deal with them.
If you catch your pet relieving itself at a place it is not supposed to, firstly, you should not scream or yell. Gently nudge your pet to go outside and after this continue the reward thing by praising your puppy.
I am sure it is frustrating seeing the mess left behind by your pet but you need to stay calm and clean up the mess. After that, you should continue the potty training routine that you have made up. After cleaning put the soiled cleaning materials outdoors or where your puppy usually relieves himself, making it easier for your pet to recognize where he should go in the future.
So, what are you waiting for? Use this knowledge that you have acquired and put it to the test. All you need to do is to remember to stick to your schedule and soon, your puppy will get used to it.