Oh, puppies! Cute, cuddly and easy, right?! Wrong. Anyone who has ever brought a new puppy home knows they are as equally cute and troublesome. Potty training is no exception.
Are you ready to start potty training your puppy? Let’s look at some top techniques below. No matter which technique you use, ensure you implement the training right away. Puppies are hardwired to follow a pack leader from birth, and their leader should be assertive, strong and stable.
1. Starting Inside
If you start training your puppy inside, put down dog pads, which are designed to encourage your pup to do their business within a specific space indoors. When your pup begins their “pre-potty pattern”, (meaning they will walk around and sniff the surrounding area), carry him to the pads and praise him when he’s finished. Slowly move the pads closer to the door, eventually moving them outside. Once this has been conquered, you can eliminate the pads altogether and your puppy will only do his business outside.
2. Crate Training
The second method of housebreaking is crate training. It’s important to use a crate that is just big enough, giving them room to stretch and stand but not run around (tip: if your puppy is a large, fast growing breed, divide a large crate into sections using cardboard dividers). Puppies do not like to sit in their own mess, so the proper crate encourages them to take control of their bladder and bowel movements.
Begin by encouraging the puppy to do his business outside or in his designated area before placing him in the crate. Leave the puppy alone for short periods of time, and slowly lengthen those periods as the puppy gets comfortable and grows older. On average, a puppy can hold his bladder one hour per one month of age (so a 6-month-old puppy can hold his bladder for 6 hours). No food or water should be placed inside the crate – only items which do not pose a choking hazard. Crate training will teach your pup to hold their pee and poop, even when they have an urge to urinate or defecate.
Deciding which potty training method to use is completely up to you – there is no right or wrong way! Throughout either process, it is important to remain patient and always use positive reinforcement!
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