Potty training is an important step in ensuring a happy and healthy relationship between you and your puppy. It is actually very easy. It just requires consistency and commitment on your part. Follow the following steps and it will be done within a few weeks.
Step 1: Monitor Their Behavior
Pay attention to when your puppy needs to potty. Usually, they’ll feel the urge to do their business after they eat, sleep or play. Keep in mind puppies eat, sleep and play a lot. A good rule of thumb is that their age months equals one hour of bladder control. For instance, if they are three months old, they can wait up to three hours before they have to go potty. However, it’s not recommended to make your puppy wait to potty for more than 5 hours.
Step 2: Establish a Routine
Once you’ve gotten their schedule time to go potty, start taking them outside when it’s potty time.
Step 3: Pick a Spot
Take a potty spot outside and always take your puppy to that same spot. While your puppy is doing his business, say “go potty”. This will help them associate the command with the action.
Step 4: Praise Your Puppy
After your pup finishes, reward him immediately with praise treats or a toy every time he potties in the right spot.
Step 5: Plan Ahead
If you can’t take your puppy out every few hours, arrange for someone your pet trusts or a professional pet sitter to help your puppy stick to their potty schedule.
Step 6: Accidents Happen
Your puppy will probably have a few accidents in the house and that’s all part of the potty process. If you catch them in the act, don’t get mad. Pick them up and take them to their potty spot right away. If they finish at the spot, praise them and give them a treat. If you find an accident zone, don’t punish your puppy. This will just make them afraid to potty in front of you. Instead, calmly clean the area thoroughly with an odor-eliminating spray. This can help prevent more accidents from happening in the same spot.
Step 7: Consistency, Patience and Positive Reinforcement
It could take your puppy over a year to become potty-trained and that’s okay. Each puppy gets there at their own pace. With consistency, patience, positive reinforcement and a lot of love, your pup will master the golden rule in no time.
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