/ How to potty train a puppy
Potty training your dog is one of the most important things you will ever do for him or her. It’s also one of the easiest, but it can be very frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing!
If you have never done this before there is no need to panic. Just follow these easy steps and your pup will be trained in no time.
1) Start early – The earlier you start potty training your puppy the better. Don’t wait until he or she has been with you for several months. You want them to develop their bladder control as soon as possible so that they won’t have accidents when you take them out.
2) Get them used to going outside – Take your puppy on frequent walks around the neighborhood. If you live near grass or other areas where dogs go to relieve themselves then make sure you let your puppy explore those areas. This will help him get used to being outside and using the bathroom.
3) Make sure they poop often – When taking your puppy out give him or her plenty of opportunities to pee and poop. Let them sniff everything from the ground up to the sky. Remember, puppies use the same area to urinate and defecate that we humans do. They learn by watching us.
4) Use positive reinforcement – Whenever your puppy does something right, like going to the toilet, praise him or her. Your puppy will quickly understand that good behavior gets rewarded.
5) Be consistent – Don’t change your routine every day. Stick to one schedule and stick to it.
6) Reward your puppy – Every time your puppy goes to the toilet, reward him or her with a treat. Never punish your puppy for having an accident.
7) Watch for signs – Pay attention to any changes in your puppy’s behavior. For example, if he starts avoiding the toilet, avoid letting him go outside alone. Also watch for sudden changes in his eating habits. These could mean that he needs more water or food.
8) Keep calm – Do not yell at your puppy. He may think that yelling means he did something wrong. Instead, try talking calmly to him. A gentle voice works best.
9) Praise your puppy – Always tell your puppy how well he or she is doing. This will encourage him or her to keep trying.
10) Have patience – Puppies take time to learn new skills. Give yourself some extra time to teach your puppy about going to the toilet.
11) Know your limits – Once your puppy is fully trained, stop rewarding him or her for going to the bathroom. That way, your puppy will always remember to go whenever you ask him or her to.
12) Be flexible – Don’t expect your puppy to become fully trained overnight. Some puppies may take longer than others. And even though you’ve started early, your puppy might still have accidents sometimes.
13) Expect setbacks – Sometimes puppies just forget. Try again later. If your puppy is old enough, don’t worry about it. It happens to all of us!
14) Enjoy the process – As long as your puppy is enjoying himself or herself while learning, you’ll both enjoy the experience.
15) Think positively – Don’t blame yourself if your puppy doesn’t train properly. There are many reasons why a puppy can fail to learn. But most of the time, it’s because the owner didn’t follow through.