Bringing a puppy into your family does not come without its trials and tribulations. Follow these 5 easy tips for potty training a puppy and you can at least alleviate one area of stress from both you and your new pup.
#1. Keep your pup in an area where it’s okay for accidents to happen – a room with a tiled floor is ideal. If not, make an area by laying polythene sheeting, covered with newspaper, over the carpet and cordon that area off. Until she is making progress, limit all play to this area too – this will give her something to aim for. This cordoned area also gives you the reinforcement that you don’t need to ‘go nuts’ when accidents occur, as you will be expecting mess here.
#2. One of the most important tips for potty training a puppy is to always use positive discipline – never EVER smack your puppy just because she has had a little accident. Nor should you rub her muzzle in the mess. Lively praise, a hug and/or a little food treat will make more progress than any form of punishment.
#3. Stick to a toilet routine. Puppies need to eliminate much more often than older dogs, so it is important that you make sure she is allowed to ‘go’ every couple of hours. It is not her fault if she makes a mess just because you were too busy watching the end of the game or couldn’t miss seeing whether Dolores & Brad got together at the end of your favorite TV show.
#4. As you reduce the size of the ‘mess zone’, use a little deterrent aerosol on the areas you have just uncovered, so the scent is masked
#5. Be patient! It can take a little while before things come together, but taking the time to potty train your puppy correctly will pay dividends as she matures to an adult dog.
Toilet training your dog is not as difficult as you might expect. By following these 5 tips for potty training a puppy, you should not go far wrong and can relax and enjoy the time spent with your new family member.
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