The first thing you want to do when a new puppy arrives to your home is to start the potty training. Potty training can be the most challenging and rewarding part of all puppy-training exercises. Potty training your new family member can be very frustrating at times, but can provide a lifetime of rewards. Being consistent while potty training will help your puppy develop a positive behavior.
The biggest challenge when potty training your puppy is to recognize your puppy’s signals when it needs to go potty. When most people first bring home their new puppy they focus on the love & enjoyment their puppy will bring, but without effective potty training this novelty wears off and soon leads to other related problems. The time spent potty training your puppy will be well worth it, both for you and your dog. When potty training, keep in mind that puppies, like humans, tend to flourish when phrased and are rewarded for their efforts.
Constantly improving your communication with the dog in a positive and fun manner, will help segnificantly when it comes to potty training your puppy. The first few months of potty training can be the most trying, but with a little patients your puppy will come through in the end.
Accidents (if any) are rare with older dogs that have been properly potty trained. Potty accidents should be dealt with in a quite and calm fashion. Accidents are normal when potty training a puppy. When potty accidents occur correct (not punish) your puppy and always reward and praise when it goes in the right place. An important tool to consider when potty training is crate training. Crate training has been proven to greatly assist dog owners when potty training puppies. Dogs that think of their crate as their sleeping area are less likely to soil in their crate and display more obvious signals when they need to potty.
Some of your puppy’s signals to watch for when it needs to go potty are whining, barking, nudging, nipping at feet and pacing, etc. Try and work within your puppy’s routine when you first start potty training, then as your puppy develops better bladder control it will be easier to schedule new routines for them to follow. Learning your puppy’s peeing signals and routine will help greatly when potty training any puppy. Like humans, puppies tend to have a regular or somewhat predictable potty routine, e.g. when they first wake, soon after eating or drinking, after some playful exercise and when they get over excited.
It’s best to bear in mind when potty training puppies, they will usually prefer to perform the task that offers the most reward. Puppy potty training can be somewhat of a messy and frustrating journey, but its better to make and early start than trying to undo bad habits that develop down the road.
Always reward your puppy when it potty’s in the correct place and not to make a fuss when they get it wrong.