There is nothing cuter or more sweet than bringing a brand new puppy home to add to your family. However, when bringing home that bundle of fur, many forget that their is training that comes along. Puppies aren’t born with the instinct to do their “business” outdoors; It takes a bountiful amount of patience and practice on both sides of the spectrum in order to get a routine down for potty training your pooch. We are here to provide you with some helpful hints and tips to getting your puppy completely potty and house trained with little to no hassle for you and your family. With that, let’s get started!
1. Develop A Strict Routine:
Similarly to training your toddler on the potty, training your puppy requires a strict routine. This, of course, means that the first few days will require around the clock trips out to the yard. It may also mean that you will need to set alarms for the middle of the night that first week or two in order to get your puppy used to potty outside, and getting them used to holding their bladders during the night over time. The size of your dog can also contribute a factor to the amount of times you will need to take them out while training — Small dogs tend to have smaller bladders, thus they need to go outside more frequently after eating or drinking, and vice versa.
This routine will also need to stretch into familiar eating and feeding times throughout the day, as well as taking them to the same spots each time they need to go outside so they can be prompted by their scent.
2. Positivity Is Key:
The best thing that you can do with your pup when potty training them is to give reinforcement and praise after successful trips outside. Rewards can take any shape that best fits your lifestyle, whether it be giving them a treat, a belly rub, or even a walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park. Giving your dog that positive reinforcement will prompt the behavior as you continue with the training. On the other hand, if accidents are had in the house, it is important to reprimand your dog as well. Make sure to bring them to the mess and tell them that they were wrong before you clean it up. This will also promote them in their potty training journey.
3. Stay With Your Puppy:
This tip is so important! Especially during the first week or two of training, it is very important that somebody is with the puppy at all times. It is also crucial to stay outside with your dog the entire time until they have successfully done their “business” out in the yard. Once you begin to see the improvement in your dog’s house training journey, you can begin to loosen the leash on your dog, and you don’t have to be with them at all times. If you have to leave your dog alone in your home for an extended amount of time, make sure to let them out to go potty before you leave. Also, it may be a good idea to put your dog in one area or room of the house with puppy training pads, just in case.
Potty training your new puppy can be a daunting and tedious experience, but you will feel so grateful when your dog is completely house trained and ready to be a loving member of the family. Just remember to stay patient and positive during the time period of training. “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, and potty training your dog won’t be completely accomplished in one day either. Take your time, and try not to get overwhelmed by any set backs. Enjoy your new and potty trained family member!