Bringing a puppy home is an exciting experience. However, it also comes with a great deal of responsibility, one of which is house training your puppy to ensure that he understands the acceptable places to relieve himself. Potty training a puppy can be somewhat challenging, but with consistency, empathy, and a reliable training technique, your puppy will successfully grasp this important skill.
The first step is setting a regular feeding schedule. The ‘closed system’ concept dictates that if you control when food goes in, you can reasonably predict when it comes out. Feed your puppy at the same times each day and take away his food between meals.
Establishing a regular bathroom schedule is equally important. After meals, puppies typically need to eliminate within 30 minutes to an hour. In general, a puppy can control his bladder one hour for every month of age. So if your puppy is two months old, he can hold it for about two hours. Check with your vet for a more personalized schedule.
Pay attention to your puppy’s signs. Puppies often squat and circle around before defecating or urinating. By observing these signs keenly, you can take your puppy to his dedicated potty area and gradually he will begin to understand where he should eliminate.
Designate an outdoor bathroom spot. Link eliminating to a cue, like ‘go potty’. Take your puppy to the same spot each time you take him out. Use your cue word and when he successfully goes in the designated area, praise him enthusiastically and offer a treat.
It’s a noteworthy fact that puppies are prone to mistakes and accidents during the training period. Your puppy might eliminate in places that you don’t want him to. Instead of punishing him, interrupt these actions by clapping loudly, then immediately take him to the designated potty spot. Clean up accidents quickly and thoroughly as puppies are much likely to go in the same spot again if they can detect the smell.
Potty training is not an overnight process, it requires patience and consistency. There are going to be successes and setbacks. Celebrate the successes and don’t let the setbacks disappoint you. Remember, it’s a learning process for your puppy.
For a more comprehensive potty training guide, consider consulting online resources. The ‘Doggy and the City Site’ provides a wealth of information on potty training and is particularly good for tips when living in urban areas, where outdoor space is limited.
In conclusion, potty training your puppy might seem overwhelming at first, but with the right approach, you will get through it successfully. With commitment, consistency, and patience, your new puppy will be on his way to becoming a well-trained family member. Remember to celebrate the small victories and remain patient through the setbacks. Always proceed with love, encouragement, and understanding.