As the years have gone by I have learned a few things about potty training. I hope this guide will help you succeed in potty training your puppy. This is just a guideline with tips...Good Luck!
House training is one of the first tasks that every new puppy owner will undertake in the introduction of their puppy to its new home.
House training should only take approximately two weeks. To establish as a routine you must be consistent and committed. You are prepared to train your pet from the moment you take possession. Have a leash, collar, and a designated area and are prepared to maintain a schedule.
Retraining a dog that has already established bad habits can take six weeks or more.
As soon as possible get your new puppy to the vet for a complete check-up. This will assure you that you have obtained a healthy puppy and alert you to any medical complications that can make house training more difficult. Situations such as intestinal upset, intestinal parasites and urinary tract infections can make house training difficult to impossible.
The designated potty area can be as general as outside of the house or as specific as a particular corner of the backyard. You must have a specific plan as to what the designated area is going to be. You can not teach your puppy what is acceptable if you are uncertain.
Your attitude is one of the most important ingredients in house training your dog. Your puppy does not know what is wrong. If there is a mistake tell him "no" but do not discipline too severely. You only want him to know that you are displeased. When your puppy has done well, pat him, praise him, and let your puppy know that you are very pleased. The puppy will want to do things that please you. House training can be a foundation for all future training. Affection and praise as a reward for proper response - "no" signaling displeasure and guidance to show the dog what you do want.
1. Create a schedule that is practical for you to maintain. If you can not stick to your schedule - you can't expect the puppy to adhere to it.
2. Be very careful of your puppy’s diet - avoid foods and/or snacks that can be upsetting to his digestive tract.
3. Schedule your puppy's bed time and waking-up time. Adhere to these times as closely as possible.
4. Young puppies will require frequent nap times, be sure that your schedule can accommodate the puppy's naps. Remember that the puppy will need to be taken to the designated “potty” area when waking from each nap.
5. Emotional intensity - after intense emotional stimulation (badly scared, frightened, or a particularly rowdy play session) the pup may need to relieve himself.
6. Within two or three days, most dogs will be able to "control themselves" for eight hours during the night. You must keep in mind that your daytime schedule will need to be somewhat flexible. By paying attention to your puppy, you will learn his nap requirements. Your dog will learn "the routine" and you will both have a schedule that you can live with.
Supervise in the House:
1. Know where your puppy is at all times, and what he is doing, this will help you avoid “mistakes”. When a pup stops playing and starts to look around for a "good spot", he needs to go out. By observing your dog you will quickly learn to tell the difference between the puppy exploring his new universe and his searching for a "good location".
2. If the puppy starts to make a mistake, firmly but quietly say "No" and take the dog straight to his potty area. Do not yell at the puppy. Do not chase the puppy. At this point it is up to you to be observant of your dog. Any mistakes that are made are due to your not paying attention.
3. If you can not supervise your puppy for a period of time, put him or her in a confinement area (prepared with potty pad) or confine him to the room where you are.
4. When you are relaxing (watching TV, reading or on computer), have the puppy with you. Give him some of his toys to play with. Have him on his leash or confine him to the room where you are, so that he doesn't wander of and have an accident.
When you can not be with your puppy:
1. Provide a small area confinement area (bathroom with all "chewable" items removed, or a crate).
2. Do not leave food and water with the dog, or fill him with cookies or snacks before you leave. You should schedule his breakfast to be at least 2 hours before your planned departure time. That way he can eat, digest his food and relieve himself prior to your departure.
3. Ideally, if you are going to be gone for more than eight hours, someone should give your puppy fresh water and an opportunity to relieve himself.
Taking the dog out to “potty”: ****THIS MUST BE DONE ONLY AFTER ALL PUPPY VACCINES SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
1. Take your dog on leash to the designated potty area. Stand quietly, so that your puppy can find the right spot. Do not distract him. Do not praise him during his search. If after about 5 minutes your dog hasn't gone to the bathroom, return him to the house (keeping a close eye on him) for about 1/2 hour, then try again.
2. As your puppy starts to relieve himself; calmly praise him. Use a chosen word or phrase (good potty or wonderful potty). This phrase will only be used for praise in going potty.
3. When your puppy has finished relieving himself praise him more enthusiastically. Let him know that you are very proud of him.
4. Remember your puppy's routine. Some puppies will "potty" two or three times per outing in the morning, but only twice per outing in the evening. Urination is often followed by defecation, while other puppies may do the reverse.
5. Even if the weather is foul, do not let your puppy know that you don't want to be going outside with him. By teaching your puppy that even in bad weather going outside is "the thing to do", to please you, then he will be more willing to convey his needs to you.
6. While you are learning your puppy's "time table", take him out immediately after he wakes up, after he has eaten and after all play sessions.
Catching your puppy "in the act" :
1. Without yelling, firmly say "No". If you still don't have the puppy's attention, clap your hands.
2. Get him outside, to the designated potty area. If he relieves himself outside praise him. Proceed with the potty routine.
3. Clean the mess with a deodorizing or odor killing cleanser. If the dog smells his own scent as having been used as a potty area, he will continue to use the area.
If the cleanser is not able to eliminate enough of the scent so that the dog can not detect it, you can help mask the scent over with vanilla extract. Just one or two drops will make it impossible for the dog to smell any lingering odor.
If you find a mess after the fact:
1. Do not punish the puppy.
2. Accept the fact that you were not paying attention to your puppy.
3. Blot up some urine, or pick up some stool with paper towel and discard.
5. Clean up the remaining mess in the house as outlined above
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