Although it seems rather simply, puppy potty training isn’t something you need to take lightly. It is a really arduous task and a lot of the time will be spent going around cleaning after your dog. Nevertheless, there are ways that can help you out and reduce the amount of work you actually need to do.
No matter what I mention in this brief guide, have in mind that every dog is different. There is no book that can give you precise data on how much time you require for training or how much time you will need to invest during this period of time. Still, if you want to dive into the nitty gritty, you should definitely read this ultimate guide to potty training.
Besides intellectual capacity and obedience, body is another factor that needs to be considered as dog’s metabolisms vary based on their size.
Basic tips for potty training
There are so many basic things you need to consider before we start mentioning some more complex topics and actionable tips.
First and foremost it is necessary to mention that puppy potty training is one of the first things that your dog will learn. That being said, it is imperative for his discipline that the process is performed properly. Otherwise, you might end up with a dog who doesn’t care about your commands or is confused (which happens in case of bigger families).
If there are more people taking care of your dog, make sure all of you use the same commands and behave in the same manner towards the dog. If you do not, there is a high chance that the dog will become confused completely ignoring everyone’s orders.
After that, you need to consider that the dog will not teach itself to pee and poo outside. You are the one that needs to take the initiative and teach it that. That being said, it is necessary to do it all the time, without a stop.
Making changes to your daily routine can be really hazardous as the dog will perceive pottying outside something that has or doesn’t has to be done. As previously mentioned any precedent will make a confusion in puppy’s mind.
Actionable tips for puppy potty training
- Dog will have to pee each morning. When he wakes up, his bladder will be full so make sure to rush out as soon as possible. Most of them will not be able to keep it in so at first time, you will need to make sure you’re waking up before the animal
- Dog also has to pee prior to going to bed. Otherwise, there is a high chance it will relieve itself during sleep
- When you take out dog outside, make sure to be strict and show him the difference between exercise and fulfilling its needs. Dog will always want to stay longer and run around but you need to make sure this isn’t allowed. Otherwise, if you do allow him to run around he will be confused and angry at later stage of its life when you do not wish to stay out for such a long time
- Dog’s meals are crucial. You need to keep track of them and when are they given. Always give the same portions so you can track dog’s bowel activity. If a puppy doesn’t eat its whole meal, remove it. This will prevent the dog from eating all day long which makes it hard to track bowel movement and predict pooing
- Make sure to do everything with affection. Dog is much more likely to follow your orders if they are done properly and if you show how proud you are of him
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