How to Potty Train Your Puppy?
Potty training your puppy is essential to make sure you have a healthy and happy pet. Knowing how to potty train your puppy correctly will help it get used to its new home and can prevent behaviour problems in the future.
1. Understanding Puppy’s Toilet Habits
It is important to understand the process of puppy toilet training before beginning the process. Puppies usually need to go to the toilet shortly after eating, drinking, playing or waking up from a nap.
2. Find Appropriate Potty Areas
Once you have established your puppy’s toilet habits, you can begin to find appropriate toileting areas. If you have a garden, choose a spot away from where people usually gather and make sure it is easily accessible. If you do not have a garden, choose an area near the entrance of your property or a natural area away from any traffic or other hazards.
3. Establish a Potty Routine
You can begin by taking your puppy to the designated potty area and waiting for it to go. Initially, you may need to stay there with your puppy for a few minutes until it goes. Once your puppy has gone to the toilet, praise it or give it a reward. This will help it associate going to the toilet in the right place with a positive reward.
4. Physical and Verbal Cues
You can establish physical and verbal cues to inform your puppy when it is time to go to the toilet. For instance, always take your puppy to the same spot and use the same verbal cue such as “potty time”. You can also use this verbal cue when you see your puppy exhibiting signs that it needs to go such as sniffing or circling.
5. Supervision and Cleaning Up
It is important to keep an eye on your puppy while it is learning to potty train. If it is not supervised, it may have accidents in the house which will set back the potty training process. If your puppy does have an accident, quickly clean it up and take it back to the designated potty area.
6. Have Patience
Potty training your puppy is a process and will take time and patience. If your puppy does not seem to be getting it, don’t worry! Remain consistent and calm and it will eventually learn.
A Few Tips:
- Schedule regular potty breaks. Take your puppy to the potty area at regular intervals, even if they don’t exhibit signs they need to go.
- Be consistent. It is important to stick to the same potty routine to ensure your puppy learns quickly.
- Exercise. Regular exercise will help your puppy learn to control its bladder.
- Reward good behaviour. If your puppy appropriates goes to the toilet outside, make sure to reward it for its good behaviour.
Potty training your puppy is not easy, but with patience and consistency, it can be done. Remember to be patient, be consistent and always reward good behaviour. With these tips, you will soon have a potty-trained pooch!