5-Step Guide: How to Toilet Train A Puppy
Hello puppy parents! If you are searching for methods and strategies to efficiently potty train your puppy then this guide for you.
As a responsible parent, you would always want your puppy to remember their early memories positively, and one of the most important and one of the most crucial memory you want to make with your puppy is helping them understand and remember essential rules – most importantly – the golden rule of when and where to potty.
Chances are if you’ve got a new puppy or dog, high on your priority list is getting them potty trained, but we’ve got to keep our expectations realistic about this whole potty-training process.
See it’s not really instinctive for dogs to know to go outside to relieve themselves we have to show them that outside is the place to go and tightly controlling where they can and can’t go during the potty-training phase is really essential.
And, letting your dog outside unattended pouch is not exactly ideal either. In fact, you’re almost guaranteed to get way faster results if you take a proactive role in the house-training process by accompanying your dog outside.
Tips for Potty Training Your New Puppy
Understand that training your puppy requires way more than a stack of newspapers and napkins. It demands commitment, consistency, and above all, patience.
There are two essential components for any successful house training – trust and consistent relationship. The more consistent and diligent you are, the faster will you be able to train your puppy.
Step 1: Establish A Routine
You will notice a significant improvement in your puppy’s behavior if you put him on a regular schedule. Following a regular schedule teaches your puppy that there is a proper time for everything. And according to some experts, a puppy can get hold of his bladder for an hour and improves as he grows older.
So, it’s understandable that if your puppy is four months old, then he can hold his bladder for 4 to 5 hours.
Also, it’s essential for you to monitor their behavior. You need to pay close attention to your puppy’s need. They usually feel the urge to relief after they play or sleep and do remember that puppies play and relax a lot.
Following a regular schedule teaches your puppy that there is a proper time for everything.
Step 2: Choose A Spot
One of the essential aspects of house training your puppy is picking up potty spot which is outside your home. You also need to make sure that you consistently take your puppy to that very same spot and while he is doing the inevitable deed, you should speak basic commands like – “go potty,” etc. This one simple step will help your puppy associate your spoken command with the deed.
Step 3: Reward
Who doesn’t like a reward?
By rewarding your puppy for following your directions or commands will make him understand that it’s the right thing to do, and by doing so, he will get a treat.
You should always reward your puppy whenever he goes outside to potty with a treat or phrase and remember to do it as soon as possible returns back into the house. Also, remember to reward only when your puppy has finished a specific task, or he may get confused and make errors.
Step 4: Planning
If you have a busy schedule and you aren’t able to take your puppy out for a walk, then you must ensure that you hire a professional pet sitter to keep up with the potty schedule.
Step 5: Accidents
Remember that your puppy is still a growing baby, and it’s natural for them to make mistakes. And so, while potty training them, there will be some in-house accidents but remember that it’s all-natural and eventually your puppy will understand that it’s not the right thing to do.
If you find your puppy doing the act, then it’s crucial for you to maintain your cool and walk it to the same potty spot as soon as possible.
Finally, remember the term CPB – consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. Understand that just like any human child, every puppy learns and evolve at their own pace, and so you need to be consistent and maintain patience.
Having trouble with crate training, a dog with seperaton anxiety or would just like to know tips or advice on how to do crate training?
If so, go to the next section where I have discussed five simple steps How to crate train a puppy the right way.