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How to Potty Train a Puppy

 

Trying to learn how to potty train a puppy can seem like a daunting task for many new dog owners, but it is arguably the most important thing a dog must learn. Puppies have no natural inclination about where the preferred places to go to the bathroom are, and can only learn with strict training. Consider the following tips when learning how to potty train a puppy properly.

 

 

Plan a Designated Place
It’s best to designate a specific area in your garden for your puppy to go to the bathroom. Choose an area where the quality of the lawn is not an issue, and is easy to clean in the cooler winter months. This way the majority of your backyard stays waste free, and cleaning up is easier.

 

 

Communicate What You Want
When you take your puppy outside, vocalize the action you want to take place. This is especially important when you bring them outside through they show no apparent signs of needing to go. By using the same phrase for training, be it “go to the bathroom” or “pee”, the puppy will connect these phrases to the action and become aware of what you’re asking of them.

 

 

Attempt a Schedule
Getting your dog on a bathroom schedule is one of the best ideas for owners, especially when working regular hours and leaving the dog alone for a portion of the day. Certain bathroom breaks will naturally come to the puppy, including:
• Upon waking in the morning or after a nap
• After playtime
• When mealtime is finished.

 

Very young puppies will need to go outside more often than older dogs, so it’s important to keep an eye on their behavior. If they are acting odd or sniffing in circles, it’s time to bring them outside.

 

 

Reward Your Puppy
Always reward your puppy when they have successfully gone to the bathroom outside, or notified you that they need to be taken out. The puppy is more likely to continue this good behavior when they know a reward will follow, and this turns into natural habits.

 

Mistakes are Normal
It’s important to remember that mistakes are normal, and training your puppy to use the washroom outside takes time. Infrequent punishment for ruining your flooring is not harmful for the dog, and they need to be aware that they have done something bad immediately or the punishment is useless. Regular punishment however leads the puppy to be fearful of you, so positive and negative reinforcement are both important in proper training.

 

When mistakes do happen, make sure to clean up the mess as soon as you spot it. Use an enzyme-acting cleaner that will remove all traces of waste, ammonia-based cleaners leave a urine type scent and should be avoided.

 

 

Keep Calm

When you’re house training your puppy, remember to stay calm. Even assertive breeds like Siberian Huskies get frightened when shouted at, and it does not lead to effective training. Just like young children, learning to use the appropriate bathroom takes time and encouragement.

 

With constant training, all dog breeds will eventually take to their training and learn that their personal bathroom is outside. Remind yourself that you’re learning how to potty train a puppy while they’re learning how to be potty trained, and it takes time. For more information about how to potty train a puppy, or to see our upcoming puppy litters, contact us today!

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