When you finally get your new puppy, it is a fascinating time, but this bundle of joy also comes with his own challenges. The first big hurdle being toilet training the little one.
Toilet training your puppy can be done as early as four weeks old, but this depends on the breed as some are naturally clean from a young age. But not to worry, this is something you can successfully train any breed. What you need to keep in mind is, training a puppy requires patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Because as you train him, you are looking to instill good behavior and build a loving bond.
So how can you house train your puppy
- The first step is understanding your puppy
You will need first to understand your breed needs and behavior, do a little research on their unique needs and traits. This will help you be patient through the whole training process. An example is; if you have a small dog, they have small bladders, thus will require to urinate more than the bigger breeds. And for these types, accidents might happen, even well trained.
- Ensure you are keeping an eye on your puppy
Try and keep your dog where you can watch it all the time, as this will give you early signs when he needs to go, thus, prevent any accidents from occurring. Some of the signs you should look out for is when they start scratching, circling, or even sniffing, at this point immediately lead your puppy outside.
- In case an accident occurs
As we had mentioned, accidents might happen even for a well-trained dog. To avoid this, interrupt the accident when you catch him in the act. You can make a sudden noise, like clapping or saying the word ‘no,’ then quickly lead him outside. The goal here is to startle the little guy, but not scare him, as you want to get his immediate attention while in the act. You will also need to be consistent with your alert signals, so try to use the same words or noise when correcting him.
Avoid punishing your dog when an accident occurs, as you are trying to instill good behavior and a loving bond.
- Have a designated potty zone
Try and pick an area outside; this is where you will be taking your dog when he needs to go. Ensure the spot is not visited by other dogs and is easy for cleanup. This spot will remind your little champ to go because of the urine and he will associate this particular area with the bathroom. The area should also be easy for him to get to.
- Have a specific command
Try and have a specific command for your puppy when you want them to go. So each time you go to the spot, you can use the word ‘go’, or any other command. This will help him understand this is the area you would like him to go.
- Praise the little success
And finally, ensure you praise his progress. I mean, we all love a good tap on the back when we successfully accomplished a task.
Remember to get this training running smoothly, you will need to be patient, consistent, and have positive reinforcement.
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